Monday, February 8, 2010
Strap Your Hands Cross My Engines
#5 Born To Run: Bruce Springsteen. This is one of the bedrock albums of rock n roll, an epic describing the trials and tribulations of life "somewhere in the swamps of Jersey". Springsteen is a master of painting vibrant portraits of characters just trying to get by and have a little fun. This was a culmination of a maturing of Springsteen's sound, which was a little raw and meandering on his first two CDs - this one tightens it all up. Everyone knows about the classic rock staples on here, , but what makes this great is the power packed intensity of songs like Night and She's The One (probably his most underrated song). Very few not named Dylan can bring to life characters (Born to Run) or scenes (Jungleland) like the Boss does here. Still a thrill to listen to.