After his 1975 breakthrough album Born to Run, rock's new savior waited three years to deliver the bleak, blunt, brilliant Darkness on the Edge of Town. (The Promise - Thom Zinny's new documentary about the album's making - airs on HBO this week.) Mitchell Cohen gave his verdict on the album in Creem in September 1978...-- Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
This ain't salvation. This ain't betrayal. Darkness On The Edge Of Town is an artful, passionate, rigorous record that walks a slender line between defeat and defiance, and if it had considerably more of the go-for-broke recklessness that it celebrates, it might have also been a great record.
But if frustration is its subject - the walled-up sensation that pounds at your gut, the daytime monotony that leads to nighttime explosion - it's also its essence, its soul.
The best of this music - "Badlands," "Streets Of Fire" - doesn't just describe the rage, it embodies it, and becomes apocalyptic sentimentality, theRead More »from The Rock’s Backpages Flashback: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’