How can I be a Bruce Springsteen fan, and not like Born to Run?

1. I don't like it musically. Lyrically there is nothing wrong, I sometimes quote the lyrics. It's just filled with different instruments that doesn't contribute anything. It's like each instrument is playing a different song. It's a big mess.

2. First 10 seconds sounds like a badly scratched CD. They invented the repeating CD sound in 1974! I can't listen the track without thinking about scratched CD.

3. Bruce mumbles half the track to his beard. Maybe I hate it, because that's my style of talking. I mumble. I hate it.

4. Studio track is has a bad sound quality. It was the first track that recorded for the album, and it was recorded in the 914 Sound Studios. I think the whole album suffers sonically from this track. They had to make rest of the album sound similar, otherwise it would have sounded like out of place. Born to Run song was also released way before the album was released. It was already a hit.

5. Reasons above I skip the track pretty much every time I'll play the album. Same goes, if the song is on the radio. I usually check, if there is anything else going.

 

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I also have a confession.....I love early REM because Stipe mumbles the words. I love that each time I listen to songs from Murmur or Reckoning, I hear something different. Same goes for the Stones. I hate hearing every sound and syllable on first listens. Gets boring super fast. Zeke, you need to spend a year on a desert island with a boat load of Styx and Celine Dion CDs, songs where the singer e-nun-ci-ates ev-ery fu-cking syl-la-ble loud and clear without drum rolls and guitar feedback over the words. Maybe that will cure ya!

I'm not looking for a perfect vocal track. I don't hear the struggle in the voice about leaving for good. They had no way to rework the song, as it was already out. I found the track slow and boring. Hammersmith live version is more tight and less boring.

Backstreets from Deep Down in the Vaults is a fine example. Officially released version doesn't come even close with the passion and struggle. Does it fit to the Born to Run album? No. Because the Born to Run limited the whole session. But that's just my opinion.

 

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