The song Badlands is belted out with supreme force (Get It Straight!!) and something else I won’t attempt to name. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd react in quite this way. 2002, in Barcelona. Badlands, defiant and uplifting, is one of Bruce’s best, to me—the first cut off Darkness—but this is simply transcendent. One sees here, for reals, why many witnesses to Springsteen’s legendary shows view him as an almost religious figure.
From 2009. The mighty and just a bit intense Bruce Springsteen unleashes the goods, ALL of ‘em, on the moving Something in the Night. This song, from the great 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town, is, probably, if gun were put to head , to me, the greatest song the great man wrote. There are many. But this, this just totally embodies Springsteen.