12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The followup to the mega-platinum Born in the U.S.A., Tunnel of Love is a brilliant, bittersweet meditation on love and life in the shadow of success. Springsteen had spent the previous years touring and basking in the adoration of fans worldwide, only to come home to face his own identity crisis. It begins a cappella with a rockabilly kick in "Ain't Got You." From there, the music slowly opens up, minimally arranged, with bandmates brought in as needed. There is none of the furious rock 'n' roll punch of his most popular work. Instead, keyboards and acoustic guitars usher in somber tones as Springsteen reflects: "Tougher Than the Rest," "Cautious Man," "Walk Like A Man." Each tune is imbued with a foreboding sense that all is not right. The dark clouds surrounding this album alongside Springsteen's unflinching and honest insights make this one of his most underrated and rewarding albums.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The followup to the mega-platinum Born in the U.S.A., Tunnel of Love is a brilliant, bittersweet meditation on love and life in the shadow of success. Springsteen had spent the previous years touring and basking in the adoration of fans worldwide, only to come home to face his own identity crisis. It begins a cappella with a rockabilly kick in "Ain't Got You." From there, the music slowly opens up, minimally arranged, with bandmates brought in as needed. There is none of the furious rock 'n' roll punch of his most popular work. Instead, keyboards and acoustic guitars usher in somber tones as Springsteen reflects: "Tougher Than the Rest," "Cautious Man," "Walk Like A Man." Each tune is imbued with a foreboding sense that all is not right. The dark clouds surrounding this album alongside Springsteen's unflinching and honest insights make this one of his most underrated and rewarding albums.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

SwannyJocker ,

Bruce's most misunderstood and moody album. It's great!

Many Springsteen fans hated Tunnel of Love when it came out in 1987, and I include myself in that group--at first. I was such a big fan that I just kept listening to it, and then, one day, after perhaps the 20th listen, the album started to move me in the right way and I finally fell in love with it. It's a quiet, beautiful album, and it's also got an E-Street-style rocker called Spare Parts that is one of Bruce's best. Of course, Tunnel of Love is an exploration of the trials and tribulations of Bruce's ending relationship with first wife Michelle Phillips and his newfound love and current wife Patty. It's an honest appraisal of the art of love and falling out of love, and each song builds on the story as it passes. By the time Valentines Day ends the album, Bruce has effectively told his first wife he's gone with his new love Patty. This album fits in perfectly with Bruce's other 'sparse' albums: Nebraska, The Ghost of Tom Joad, and Devils and Dust.

Borg-MX5 ,

The Struggle of Love

One of the things that makes the music of Bruce Springsteen appealing is that it is very personal. A couple of years into his first marriage, Bruce produced "Tunnel of Love". This is an album about the struggle to make a relationship work. How faith and temptation battle within the soul of a man. He wants to make his woman happy, yet seems to know from the outset that he won't.

"I met a girl and we ran away
I swore I'd make her happy every day
and how I made her cry
two faces have I"

This is powerful, album. Do not expect to hear many "up" tunes. It is beautiful, touching, and heart breaking. Bruce is a magnificent story teller, and here his own struggles with fidelity and marriage are the canvas on which he paints some of his most compelling lyrics.

Listen to it, but don't put it on at a party.

Daniel B. P. ,

Superb!

This album doesn't get near enough respect! What a great album that is filled with excellent song writing and catchy tunes. One Step Up is my all time favorite song from Springsteen and maybe from anyone. There is however so much more to this very solid album. Everything from Springsteen is great, but Tunnel Of Love is the most played album on my ipod.

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