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Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 43.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000025D0
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Badlands
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Something In The Night
4. Candy's Room
5. Racing In The Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets Of Fire
9. Prove It All Night
10. Darkness At The Edge Of Town

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1978 album from the acclaimed American singer/songwriter. Includes 'Badlands', 'Something In The Night', 'Prove It All Night' and more.

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The pain of a protracted legal battle with his former manager and the release of being allowed to record again after a three-year layoff are equally apparent from the piercing hard rock and harsh lyrical content of Darkness on the Edge of Town. Betrayal and hard work that comes to naught are the primary subjects on his mind here, evidenced by songs such as "Adam Raised a Cain," "Factory," and "Streets of Fire." Elsewhere, there are signs of hope or at least the possibility of outrunning your problems ("Racing in the Street," "The Promised Land," "Prove It All Night"). But mostly, these are songs about exorcising some serious demons, and from the sound of things, Springsteen's loud, lonesome howl and blistering guitar work went a long way toward making him whole again. This is angry art, made by someone pushed to his absolute limit and more than ready to push back. --Daniel Durchholz


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Forget "Born to Run". Forget "Born In the USA". Forget it all for a little while. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" stands alone as Bruce's truly defining album. It is his first foray into the dark side of life. It is the place where the characters in "BTR" ended up--a roadblock on Bruce's long highway. His optimism has waned and his perspective is bleak. Bruce is no longer lookiing through the eyes of a teenage rebel with a dream.
Despite the legal battles behind the scenes of this album that were quite the catalyst for his descent into darkness, it seems like it was the only logical way to go after embarking on the hopeful escapes in his first three albums. It was the natural progression of his maturity into the music. I would be so bold to say that without this record, Bruce Springsteen may have never reached the heights that this newfound lease on life provided him.
But...enough with my take on the importance of "Darkness...". The songs speak for themselves on this record. I think the best track is "The Promised Land" because it is like the workingman's anthem, so to speak. It is Bruce declaring that even though he is living a desolate, machine-like existence just to get by in the cruel world, he still holds on to the dreams of the promised land. Another favorite of mine on the album is the title track. His passion in this particular song you can feel in your veins...literally.
But...the showstopper track has to be "Racing in the Street." When I first heard this heartwrenching masterpiece, it gave me chills. I do believe that it is probably the most painfully beautiful song I have ever heard. The reality of it will floor you alone.
Overall, the anguish of Bruce on this record can be heard in every track. From the understated cynicism, to his angered and wounded cries and shrieks, this record is a MUST OWN.
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Bruce Springsteen has always have a strong personal integrity. He has always gone his own way in life. Against his father, and against the music buissness. When his father told him to be a lawyer and his mother wanted him to be a writer, he wanted to be a rock n' roll star. So he did. And got in trouble with his former manager, Mike Appel. Mike put him into a slavery contract, and after the fantastic album Born To Run, he wanted to break up from that contract. It took 2 years in court to break up from it, and Mr Springsteen was really angry. He wanted to go his own way in life, as he always have done. The result can you hear on this awsome album, probably the best album he has ever done. This is the punky Springsteen! Joe Strummer couldn't have done it better.
On this album, Springsteen hasn't a star producer, cause he didn't want to. He let Jon Landau, a former music critic from the Rolling Stone Magazine, produce together with him. The sound is simpler and more raw, but it fit with the anger and strength in the songs. The songs are totally awsome! Do I have to say Badlands? What a song! A timeless masterpiece! Always something to say to us, even today! Full of hope and optimism, but also anger and strentgh. Factory: A song which is short and seems to be not much of a song, but listen what Springsteen has to say in that song... It's awsome! Adam rise a cain... Listen to the anger in that song...
Racing in the street is wonderful as a ballad. Candy's room: Listen how nice Springsteen describe the prostituted woman that he met. He's a true human guy!
All songs are fantastic!
And if you really want to know how good Springsteen was that year, listen to the Winterland Night bootleg! Then you know how really awsome he really is...
You HAVE TO buy this album!! Or DIE!!
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Bruce Springsteen's fourth album, "Born To Run", was three years in the making, and it didn't quite match the sales of its predecessor, "Born To Run".
The production on "Darkness" is also less elaborate than on the grandiose "Born To Run", and the songs are perhaps a little less epic as well, and certainly as tight and structured as anything Bruce Springsteen had made at the time.
This album found him sounding more and more like a traditional "heartland rocker", and it nevertheless features some of his best songs, including the tough rockers "Badlands" and "Adam Raised A Cain", the grand ballad "Something In The Night", the melodious pop-rock of "Prove It All Night", and the slow, bluesy rock of the title track.
The lyrics are often bleak, but the arrangements, filled with thumping drums, tinkling piano and swelling organ notes, are grand and full-bodied and even joyous, making "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" one of Bruce Springsteen's best and most consistent records, a must-have for any serious fan.
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He would have been hard-pressed to outshine Bruce Springsteen. I first bought this LP in 1978, as a 16 year-old, on the strength of having loved "Born To Run." The mood shift is clear from the opening track, perhaps my favorite rock 'n' roll song: "Badlands." Coming out when it did - 1978 - with factories closing all around my native Detroit, malaise gripping the country, hostages taken in Iran the next year, et cetera, this work combined songs mixing equal measures of hope and despair.
As another reviewer noted, this was also the first rock 'n' roll album I heard dealing with adult themes - from the fantastical workd of the Magic Rat, et al, on "Born To Run" to flesh-and-blood Joes and Janes trying to keep hope alive, this was a new experience, and a necessary one, as oldies about going to the Hop do not speak to the realities of adult life.
More than any other LP, this one deals with how the artist relates to his father. Count the number of serious songs dealing with father-child relationships in contemporary music - they are rare. "Adam Raised A Cain" and "Factory" are clearly attempts to come to terms with his father - like many men of his generation, a soul whose life revolved around supporting a family by doing brutal, drudge work, with nothing to hope for except making it in one piece to the next day ("Through the mansions of fear/Through the mansions of pain/Watch my Daddy walk through them factory gates in the rain"). The former also reveals that something in catechism must've stuck, because the track is bathed in Christian imagery - in some places more subtly than in others ("...You're born into this life paying for the sins of somebody else's past").
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