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Born in the USA
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|6. I'm On Fire|
|7. No Surrender|
|8. Bobby Jean|
|9. I'm Goin' Down|
|10. Glory Days|
|11. Dancing In The Dark|
|12. My Hometown|
1984 album from the New Jersey rocker, the blockbuster album that made him a bona-fide international superstar. The album yielded an amazing seven Top 10 singles: 'Born In The U.S.A.', 'Cover Me', 'I'm on Fire', 'I'm Goin' Down', 'Glory Days', 'Dancing In The Dark' and 'My Hometown' .
Born in the U.S.A. is an album painted in big, broad strokes. But it was still too subtle for some--namely politicians who tried to tap the title track as a jingoistic anthem when it is in fact a bitter diatribe by a Vietnam War vet whose country forgot him. The rest of the album is a glorious grab bag of radio-ready populist anthems--his best display of pure pop songwriting ever--including "No Surrender," "Dancing in the Dark," "Bobby Jean," and "Glory Days" alongside more circumspect numbers such as "My Hometown" and "I'm On Fire." It's not true that there's no arguing with success, but in this case Springsteen's widespread acclaim was warranted. With Born in the U.S.A., all those predictions from a decade earlier--that Springsteen was the future of rock--had come true. --Daniel Durchholz
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Thanks to a new entertainment Medium, MTV, which showed "Music Videos" that would emphasize the Visual aspect of an Artist as well as the Music, Springsteen seemed very out of favor.
Bruce knew the Pressure was on him. The fickle public had written him off as a Guy who had a Spark in the 70's with "Born to Run" but his best days were behind him in 1984.
As he did before, For Production Bruce teamed with Himself, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, and Steve Van Zant but this time around they gave the Recording an added Sheen and Polish, making his sound cleaner and more Accesible to a Mass Audience. His supporting casts arsenal also received an Updating, Synthesizers were added to the mix to Bode with the musical climate. Which was slightly overdue. In my opinion for quite some time Bruce sound could've benefited from A current element and on "Born In The U.S.A" Thats just what it got.
No question, the End Result would sound like Bruce Springsteen, but with a modern twist that would Enhance it's effect.
This was a well-offered offering, borrowing elements from all his previous albums. This was Bruce's comeback that he desperately needed.
Liner Notes - Incredibly Thorough. Details are given on where the recording took place, who mixed, and The Full E Street Band Roster. Bob Ludwig mastered the recording.Read more ›
To understand the merit of this album, one must rewind two years back to 1982, when Springsteen released the eerie vocal/harmonica dominated "Nebraska." The album wasn't his biggest seller of course, but the success of "Born in the USA" more than made up for its commercial stiffness. And indeed, quite a few songs here (including 'Downbound Train' and the sarcastic title track) were written for "Nebraska," which explains this album's raw, and powerful atmosphere, with that human touch (no pun intended) that only the Boss can deliver. It just has a more 80's pop-n-synthesizer approach, that's all. 'Working on the Highway' displays a narrative of humorous irony, as do 'Glory Days' and 'Dancin' in the Dark'--all of these are pop radio-friendly tunes with characters who are all-out bitter losers. There are many other ironically radio-friendly tracks like 'I'm On Fire,' which explores the dementia of a lovelorn man and 'My Hometown' is one of Springsteen's most real-life influenced tunes since anything from "Nebraska.Read more ›
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Horrible quality! The record does not play properly, it skips a lot!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
one of the best albums of the 1980s....reissue on vinyl.....at a good pricePublished 6 months ago by eric theriault
I always found this album to sound a little bright with a lack of depth. This 2014 Remaster solves that problem for me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Seeker
Bought to replace an old one that got lost along the way. Well worth it! Brings back so many memories. Love it!Published 19 months ago by Toujours Soleil