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Born in the USA: A OK – Review

Album: Born in the U.S.A.
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Year: 1984
Record Co: Columbia Records
Country: USA (Duh!)
Genre: Rock and Roll
Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar ,
Roy Bittan – piano, synthesizer, background vocals
Clarence Clemons – saxophone, percussion, background vocals
Danny Federici – organ, glockenspiel, piano on “Born in the U.S.A.”
Garry Tallent – bass guitar, background vocals
Steven Van Zandt – acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals
Max Weinberg (yes from Conan) – drums, background vocals
Straight Up, No Bullshit Rating: 9/10

Born in the U.S.A. the album that defined middle America for a few years in the 80’s

Where Can I Gets It?: You can get this Album from your middle aged neighbor. I’m sure they’ll let you borrow it. If you don’t have neighbors then go to the local record saloon and grab a copy. Or on iTunes or Spotify.
Why Should I Listen Now?: If you really love America and want to relive the majesty that was the 80’s Rock and Roll scene, throw this one on tonight or on your way to work. But seriously this is an album full of hits. Hope you’re ready for that.

Story of how I found this: Born in the USA is one of those albums that I had heard a lot of growing up. And growing up in a mexican household with no cable or music television, Born in the East LA, a spoof song about Born in the USA, would come to be more familiar to me growing up. It wasn’t until around 2007 or 2008 that I came around to listen to this Album that has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. I had started collecting records one of these summers and came across a $1 copy of this at the swap meet at Golden West College. I went home and immediately put this on my turntable and turned it up pretty loud. My mom probably thought to herself “Looks like my son turned into a honky… I failed as a parent.” Anyway, I blasted the hell out of this album and found it to be one of the best and most played records in my collection. I mean, who the hell doesn’t love hearing the Chorus Born in the USA? It’s pretty bad-ass. And especially since the song isn’t really about being a proud American, it’s really about going to a war and being under appreciated living in the Midwest or some shit… I couldn’t relate to the stories much, but who the hell needs to? I think the artist painted a very clean and clear picture for the listener. To the point where I was forced to think I was the protagonist on every song. And that my friends is a perfect way to get my rating boner up. If you haven’t given this disc a listen, then you’re missing out. You should seriously close your browser, open up your streaming service or drive your ass down to the used CD shop, throw this one up on your cd player and give your ears an orgasm. And thank the Big Boss Bruce for this extra cool album.

The Boss pointing a finger at some Jabroni. Photo from Rolling Stone Mag

Modesto Briseno
Founder and Creator of Kilson Street. Also a full time parent to a Tuxedo Cat.

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