Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love

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by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

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Just as he had followed his 1980 commercial breakthrough The River with the challenging Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen followed the most popular album of his career, Born in the U.S.A., with another low-key, anguished effort, Tunnel of Love. Especially in their sound, several of the songs, "Cautious Man" and "Two Faces," for example, could…  See more details below

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Just as he had followed his 1980 commercial breakthrough The River with the challenging Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen followed the most popular album of his career, Born in the U.S.A., with another low-key, anguished effort, Tunnel of Love. Especially in their sound, several of the songs, "Cautious Man" and "Two Faces," for example, could have fit seamlessly onto Nebraska, though the arrangements overall were not as stripped-down and acoustic as on the earlier album. While Nebraska was filled with songs of economic desperation, however, Tunnel of Love, as its title suggested, was an album of romantic exploration. But the lovers were just as desperate in their way as Nebraska's small-time criminals. In song after song, Springsteen questioned the trust and honesty on both sides in a romantic relationship, specifically a married relationship. Since Springsteen sounded more autobiographical than ever before ("Ain't Got You" referred to his popular success, while "Walk Like a Man" seemed another explicit message to his father), it was hard not to wonder about the state of his own two-and-a-half-year marriage, and it wasn't surprising when that marriage collapsed the following year. Tunnel of Love was not the album that the ten million fans who had bought Born in the U.S.A. as of 1987 were waiting for, and though it topped the charts, sold three million copies, and spawned three Top 40 hits, much of this was on career momentum. Springsteen was as much at a crossroads with his audience as he seemed to be in his work and in his personal life, though this was not immediately apparent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644099928
catalogNumber:
40999

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer,Soloist
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Vocals,Track Performer
Patti Scialfa   Vocals
Roy Bittan   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Track Performer
Danny Federici   Organ,Vocals,Track Performer
Garry Tallent   Bass,Horn,Track Performer
Max Weinberg   Percussion,Drums,Track Performer
E Street Band   Group
James Wood   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer
Jon Landau   Producer,Management
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Toby Scott   Engineer
Roger Talkov   Engineer
Sandra Choron   Art Direction

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Tunnel of Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was nine, I was best friends with my mom. And since best friends usually love the same music (and we were no exception!) this became my favorite album too! My mom taught me about poetry through reading the lyrics to ''All that Heaven Will Allow'', ''Walk Like A Man'', and (her personal favorite) ''Valentines' Day''. The lyric book really does read like poetry, too! It's positively brilliant! No pun intended, though ''Brilliant Disguise'' has always been one of my favorite tracks! I think that, other than ''When You're Alone'', the title track, and ''One Step Up'', all the songs I mentioned at the beginning are probably my favorites, although they are all beautiful! This album is PERFECT (and I know this from experience!) to listen to and read along with the lyric booklet, while snuggled up on the couch and watching the snow fall! It's also an album that you can play over and over and over and over again and not tire of (that is, if you are the type of person who plays music over and over again! My dad is not that type of person, and he used to get tired of it. But then again, I think what he really disliked was my mom and I fawning over how cute Bruce was!). But what it all comes down to is this: Bruce put together an album that almost chronicles every step of his own marriage (his first one, to Julieanne Phillips. The Patti Scialfa one seems pretty strong) and how it deteriorated. This album enetered the hearts of many, and shows again what a talented man the Boss is! I love this CD, not just for the sentimental reasons, but for what it is: Brilliant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album from 1987 is the one I like to put on when I'm in need of a good Springsteen fix. There's hardly a so-so song on the album, the playing is sublime (which he practically does all by himself), the lyrics are tear-stained, and the overall mood of the album is lovely, depressing, optimistic and frightening all at once! In fact, I'm listening to this album right now because I have nothing better to do and it's a late night and I need to listen to some lovely music. The lead-off track, "Ain't Got You," is sung by a man who's very rich but not happy. It's probably the lightest track on the album. Then after that the album gets darker until finally it gets so dark, it brings the listener to tears. "Tougher Than The Rest" is important proof. "Cautious Man" is a slight return to the Nebraska album (which is just great as this album). "Walk Like A Man" is a beautiful song about marriage and how it heart-wrenches. "Tunnel of Love" (THE BIG SONG!) is a gorgeous track with great love symbolism (using a theme park!). The mellow "One Step Up" makes everything in life seem negative but knows that hope is around the corner. "When You're Alone" is a slow-but-mesmerizing track that explains the factors of love! "Valentine's Day" is the most depressing track of all, and even sounds like the Boss himself has written it in tears. Overall, this album has many uses for many people: married couples, young (single) men who often feel lonely, the depressed, anyone who likes lovely music...and most importantly Springsteen fans! (In fact, I think I've become a new Springsteen fan myself!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago