Review #91: Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

Karla Clifton
2 min readMay 26, 2021

#91: Darkness On the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

The horrible truth is I kind of hate “Born to Run,” which maybe turns me off of Born to Run (#21), even though there are some really great songs on there. So I was shocked by how much I loved Darkness.

According to Jimmy Iovine, Bruce wrote over 70 songs for this album, and was basically an absolute insane perfectionist about it, which thrills me. Bruce is an artist! I still don’t think I fully “get” Bruce, the way that kid in Blinded By The Light did, but I hope to get there.

Also, he just looks really, really, really great on the album cover, doesn’t he?


“Badlands” — He really sells these lyrics with his Bruce voice.

“Adam Raised a Cain” — Wow I love when he SCREAMS.

“Candy’s Room” — I know this is a love song, but it’s a cool love song.

“Racing in the Street” Go, greased lightnin’, you’re coasting through the heat lap trials! At least, I think those were the words.

“The Promised Land” — Okay, fine, I relate to this one. Mister, I ain’t a boy, no, I’m a man/ And I believe in a promised land.

“Streets of Fire” — Man, he just SCREAMS. This album makes me think of Green Day’s American Idiot (#248); a very focused album about a dejected loner who can’t handle society. That’s probably why I liked it so much!

“Prove It All Night” — This is a very horny album, there’s no way not to say it.

“Darkness On The Edge of Town” — Bruce Springsteen is also a very sensitive poet, as it turns out.


“Something In The Night” — Not as good as Patti Smith.

“Factory” — Not as good as Patti Smith.



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