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Bruce Springsteen- I’m on Fire (1984)

Springsteen tones down the bombast, eschews most of his E Street disciples and channels the sound of  Elvis, Duane Eddy and Roy Orbison and produces this moody, concise two and half minute masterwork. The songs steady beat (like a freight train running..)stays in control, never losing it’s course, the momentum of feverish anticipation barely contained within it’s co-ordinates. Springsteen’s vocal is soulful,weary, lovesick yet not quite broken until the songs climax- where his reverent,hushed declarations transform into a wordless pure blues howl of desire.

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