This album is the bomb, from a singer at the height of his powers, full on working class, wrong side of the tracks it has everything a good honest rock album should have. We start with the title track 'Born in the USA' with it's massive guitar and killer lyrics that is pure musical genius It's angry and disgusted at being treated so badly after fighting for his country, the whole injustice of it all just makes this song one of the greatest songs of all time..
Then he slows it down with a ballad 'Cover Me' again although it's a slow song, it is just so gritty and so real and has a desperation about that moves you. Then we move onto 'Darlington County' another great song so too is 'Working on The Highway' which has a real uptempo beat and intelligent lyrics - masterful song.
We then move onto one of my personal favourites 'Downbound Train' a lament about life falling apart, but it's the singing that just draws you in and you can't help but feel the pain. We move onto 'I'm on Fire', man what a killer song so soulful, quiet and hauntingly beautiful. 'No Surrender' is another classic, such a cool song. The next track 'Bobby Jean' is a a real mix, emotional lyrics yet the music is so up-beat, man, only a master can pull off something like this.
The next song 'I'm Going Down' is just an awesome song, this is followed up by his massive hit 'Glory Days' what a song, full of lament for hopes and dreams that get crushed, pure awesome! Then the song that put him on the map 'Dancing In The Dark' upbeat, pop sounding song teamed with great music and lyrics an absolute killer of a song. The last song is 'My Hometown' which has the great lyrics -
Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
Talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm thirty-five we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel
And said son take a good look around
This is your hometown
what an awesome song about the hopelessness and economic despair that hovers over so many of our hometowns - even today which makes this song truly remarkable! But at the heart of this song it is one of perseverance and hope which is an amazing combination. All up I give this album 5 shots of whiskey out of 5, so do yourself a favour and add this to your collection today.
Till next week, Peace out my bitches!!!