Bruce Springsteen, Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Glenn Kenny

By Glenn Kenny

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2010 Remastered Version)

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce trades in the expansiveness of Born to Run for an almost frighteningly sustained intensity. Having folded all of his influences into a sound now unmistakably his own, he ups the ante, with one song hitting harder than another. "I wanna spit in the face of these badlands," he sings on the album's opening track, summing up the strength and defiance of the renegades that people this record. There's nothing here as sprawling as, say, Born to Run's "Jungleland" — the longest track is a relatively brief seven minutes — but this is still a record that proclaims "Go big or go home." In this context, "Prove It All Night" is less a lover's boast than an existentialist credo.