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Bruce Springsteen

To celebrate Bruce Springsteen's colossal February Australian tour, Music Lovers has compiled a list of his greatest albums, featuring reviews and the stand out tracks we argue will make an appearance this February. All albums available in the library catalogue.

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‘Born in the U.S.A’
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Released at the peak of ‘Bossmania’ in June 1984, ‘Born in the U.S.A’ cemented Springsteen’s status as the benchmark in American Rock, and it can be argued that no one has been able to knock him off since. On ‘Born in the U.S.A’, Springsteen crafts his sophisticated song arrangements and production with the use of electronic music to give The Boss his trademark sound of the 80’s.

Setlist predictions: ‘Born in the U.S.A’, ‘Dancing in the Dark’, ‘Glory Days’&acomma; ‘Bobby Jean’.

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‘Born to Run’
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Released in August 1975, Springsteen’s iconic ‘Born to Run’ is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time, introducing America to its next spokesperson for working class patriotism.

Setlist predictions: ‘Born to Run&rsqup;, ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’, ‘Jungleland’.

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‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’
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Released in June 1978, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ has been praised by critics as Springsteen’s first mature, coming of age album. Whilst the album lacks any stand out hit singles, The Boss proves the professionalism in his songwriting by compiling a group of songs that speak for themselves rather than through the charts.

Setlist predictions: ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’, ‘Badlands’, ‘Racing in the Street’, ‘Streets of Fire’.

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Nebraska
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Whilst Springsteen intended ‘Nebraska’ to be demos for his next album with the E Street Band (which later became Born in the U.S.A), he believed the songs could hold their own weight and be released independently, further proving the genius of his craftsmanship, as ‘Nebraska’ is considered to be one of his greatest songwriting achievements.

Setlist predictions: ‘Nebraska’, ‘Highway Patrolman’.

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‘The River’
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With an impressive 32 song track listing,,‘The River’ was Springsteen’s first and only double album, and helped pave the way for his future album accomplishments. Whilst ‘The River’ achieved commercial popularity and helped Springsteen achieve his first US number one, it also reflected the hard times in America brought on by the recession, as expressed in the title track.

Setlist predictions: ‘The River’, ‘Hungry Heart’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘The Price You Pay’.

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‘Wrecking Ball’
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Released in 2012, Springsteen’s 17th studio album proved that The Boss still had the magic, attracting fans old and new. ‘Wrecking Ball’ perfectly adapts Springsteen’s sound to fit modern times, whilst still retaining his timeless trademark sound. The lead single ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ was nominated for three Grammy awards.

Setlist Predictions: ‘We Take Care of Our Own’, ‘Easy Money’, ‘Wrecking Ball’.

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DVD

‘Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in Barcelona’
Bruce Springsteen

Whilst this isn't a studio album, this live performance shot in 2009 during the ‘Rising Tour’ offers a glimpse of the extravagance Bruce and the E Street Band offer their fans live. At an impressive running time of 180 minutes, this hit packed setlist commemorates the 40-year career of New Jersey's finest, and a perfect chance to experience him live if you can't make it in February.

Setlist predictions: Almost everything!

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