Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

Reason for Listening:
#5 on the Greatest Billboard 200 Albums of All Time (1963-2015).

Released 19840604.
12 songs. 46:57. Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

First listen.
About two weeks ago, I listened to the first couple of tracks on Amazon Music. Then a week ago (20210221) I tried listening to it from the start but lost interest. Today, I was able to listen to it from start to finish.
Second listen.
Finished up the second listen.

4 : "Dancing in the Dark";
3: "Cover Me";
2: "Born in the U.S.A."; "Darlington County"; "Working on the Highway"; "I'm On Fire"; "I'm Goin' Down"; "Glory Days";
1: "Downbound Train";
0: "No Surrender"; "Bobby Jean"; "My Hometown";

As I prepped to write this summary, I read some notes on Wikipedia which suggested the title track, "Born in the U.S.A.", was not only somewhat separate in theme to the other tracks but that the lyrics were also often misinterpreted. I proceeded to read the lyrics and I was absolutely surprised. The chorus has a patriotic ring to it, but the verses tell the story of an unfortunate return to the United States for the soldiers coming home from the Vietnam war. This resulted in me moving the song from a "1" to a "2". In any case, the album overall was hard to get into because it has such a different feel from modern music, or even modern rock. However, the turnaround required to appreciate the album was low for me - perhaps due to my age group.

Overall Rating: 4.0/5
Favorite Song: "Dancing in the Dark"

Billboard 200
Peak Date: 19840706 | Peak Position: 1 | Weeks on Chart: 143
Billboard Listing: Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen* - [above album cover]

*While the Billboard listing says just "Bruce Springsteen", the album is associated with "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band". Many other Bruce Springsteen albums are listed here as well.

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