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Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. 7 14.58%
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle 21 43.75%
Born To Run 37 77.08%
Darkness on the Edge of Town 29 60.42%
The River 16 33.33%
Nebraska 15 31.25%
Born in the U.S.A. 20 41.67%
Tunnel of Love 13 27.08%
Human Touch 1 2.08%
Lucky Town 3 6.25%
The Ghost of Tom Joad 2 4.17%
The Rising 21 43.75%
Devils & Dust 4 8.33%
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions 4 8.33%
Magic 13 27.08%
Working On A Dream 3 6.25%
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:20 PM   #166
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We certainly have some distinct voting levels forming here.
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Cool to see USA is not being showered with love here
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Not sure what you are looking at. It's in fourth place, right behind The Rising. Quite respectable and pretty much right on target.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:26 AM   #169
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I really love Springsteen and he's one of my all time favorites, but my relationship with his music has always been kind of...iffy, I guess? What I mean is that I wildly love a handful of his records (and lots of his songs, even from "bad" albums), and actively dislike the others. And by "the others," I really mean "most of them." This has gotten to be more pronounced as the years have gone by and he's gotten a really out-of-step sound which has, surprisingly, lasted all the way from The River (if not the overrated Darkness on the Edge of Town to the present. This doesn't mean that his albums are badly produced or necessarily bad, per se, but rather that all of them sound dated upon release. That works for some, doesn't seem to bother most, and annoys me. Also, I think that his songwriting peak only lasted for a few years, with the notable exception of Born in the USA, which I think is brilliant.

Anyway, my top 4 follow his best record, one about which there is no room for things like debate or opinion...

1a) The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle

1) Born in the USA
2) Nebraska
3) Born to Run
4) Darkness on the Edge of Town (begrudgingly--I love a few songs, dislike the others; same goes for The River, which is simply impossible to listen to, in one sitting)
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I find it curious that you think most of his albums sound dated upon release, yet your second favorite album is Born In The USA, which is arguably his most dated record of them all (although I also enjoy it).
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #171
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If you think that USA sounds more dated than The River or even Darkness, then you are deaf. To be fair, though, I should clarify--I didn't mean dated in terms of arrangements or songwriting or anything along those lines; instead, I meant in terms of the actual sound engineering, mastering, and overall production. I definitely think that some of the flamboyant synth lines in USA are now crazily dated, but they didn't sound brittle and tinny when they first came out...nor do they, now! They just sound, you know...pretty damn '80s!
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If you think that USA sounds more dated than The River or even Darkness, then you are deaf.
You have such a light conversational touch.
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The River does sound dated. I'm not going to try and compare it to how other albums sound. But I can agree that it definitely sounds dated.
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I don't think it sounds that dated. If anything, these albums just need to be remastered finally.
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You have such a light conversational touch.
I guess I'm deaf and don't know what I'm talking about after 25 years of listening.
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Maybe that's what I'm hearing - not necessarily 'dated' but 'why does this sound so bad, does that mean it needs remastering, or do I just not like this album?'

When the songs pop up on my iPod, it sounds so quiet and ... tinny? I don't know that that's the right word.

Eh, whatever. I'm not a big fan of The River.
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Yeah, ok. The sound quality on The River is atrocious, most definitely. It's probably the record that needs a remastering the most.

And speaking of remasters, where the hell is that Darkness box set...
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Yeah, ok. The sound quality on The River is atrocious, most definitely.
Thank you.
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Not sure what you are looking at. It's in fourth place, right behind The Rising. Quite respectable and pretty much right on target.
Isn't Born in the USA his best-selling and most popular album? I'd say the expectation would be for it to be in the #1 or #2 slot.

We know Darkness is a big fan favorite, so that's not the real shocker here, but The Rising even coming close to Born in the USA, let alone having more votes, is a welcome surprise, as I don't think the latter is very good.
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Isn't Born in the USA his best-selling and most popular album? I'd say the expectation would be for it to be in the #1 or #2 slot.

We know Darkness is a big fan favorite, so that's not the real shocker here, but The Rising even coming close to Born in the USA, let alone having more votes, is a welcome surprise, as I don't think the latter is very good.
If we were going strictly by sales, then yes, USA should be first, but generally speaking, Born To Run and Darkness are considered stronger albums.

I'm very surprised that The Rising is doing so well.
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