A Brilliant sophomore effort! No, this isn't "pop"...it is not traditional AABA songwriting (pay attention kids, I didn't say "ABBA"); but it is a young man with a lot to say.
Do NOT bother if you consider "Born in the U.S.A. to be "early Springsteen". This is a poet, an artist, a man with nothing to lose playing what he feels. "Kitty's Back", "Rosalita", "Incident on 57th St.", and "Sandy", all are brilliant, but they have so very little in common with what Bruce became!
I love Bruce today, I love Bruce then. He NEVER tried to make the same album over and over (like, oh, every artist since?), but he said what he felt like saying at the time. Brillaint, poetic, rocking, touching, songs of life, love, youth, understanding...they are all in this album. Love it for what it is!