Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen was originally released in 1987 and is highly regarded by critics and fans alike. Whilst not credited on the album, members of his regular backing band, The E Street Band, such as Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and Patti Scialfa do play on the album. The Boss did play more than his usual fair share of the tracks alone, however, using drums machines and synths. Contains the hit Brilliant Disguise. Remastered from original analogue tapes, 2LP set on Columbia.
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When most people think about Bruce Springsteen they think of his swagger, of his incredibly long shows, of a couple of the most ostentatious and operatic rock albums ever made. They think of ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Darkness at the Edge of Town’ and ‘Born in the USA’. They think of him young, wild eyed and shaggy haired. They probably don’t think of him wearing a bolo tie, wizened and tired. But no one can fire all cylinders forever, Bruce has always known that sometimes you need to take things a bit easier.
‘Tunnel of Love’ is a gentle walk in the park compared to the album that preceded it, partly because it’s E Street Band-less, but despite lacking in energy it features some of the most intense songs in his catalogue. The best among these are ‘Tougher Than The Rest’ and ‘Brilliant Disguise’. On the former, Bruce used the lessons he learned on ‘Born in the USA’ about introducing electronics into his music, to make something more mournful. The latter features a more classic instrumental to produce the same effect. One built on worry and self-doubt.
Bruce has always been more sensitive and self-effacing than his choruses might suggest, but ‘Tunnel of Love’ proved beyond reasonable doubt that him and his music have a depth that’s all too uncommon. For anyone who’s ever wanted stadium rock levels of sincerity in something a bit less showy, ‘Tunnel of Love’ is essential.
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