Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

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Artist:   Bruce Springsteen
Album Name:   Nebraska
Genre:   Rock
Tracks:   10
Relase Date:   30 September 1982
Country:   USA

Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen) Album Songs


Song TitleTime
1.Nebraska 4:32
2.Atlantic City 4:00
3.Mansion On the Hill 4:09
4.Johnny 99 3:42
5.Highway Patrolman 5:40
6.State Trooper 3:17
7.Used Cars 3:10
8.Open All Night 2:58
9.My Father's House 5:07
10.Reason to Believe 4:08

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  • gabanzas
    5 stars
    Perfect. This is my favorite album of all times every song hits deep this is a emotional roller coasters..❤️❤️❤️
  • Uncle Joe's Tunz
    5 stars
    THE BEST ALBUM BY BRUCE!. This is the best album by Bruce Springsteen and maybe the best album to come out in the 80s. Story songs and Bruce reveals his inner songs. Songs about the underbelly of America. I love the sparness of the album. They may have only been demos but I am so glad it was released this way. I grew to love Bruce after this song. I tried to get into before this but never did. Now I conside him as one of the best singer songwriter and band leader. This is the one I come back to. Uncle Joe's Tunz!
  • The Nukes
    5 stars
    BEST ALBUM EVER. I bought this album when I was in 8th grade and it's haunted me ever since. I listen to it every night when I fall asleep. I'm not lying. The outtakes are even better. Go listen to Losin Kind and Child Bride on You Tube. Best album ever in my mind.
  • Mwalimu_B
    5 stars
    Daring Masterpiece. Nebraska stands out among Bruce Springsteen albums for its refusal to follow the rules. Recorded in Bruce’s bedroom and released as it is, the album practically defines the Lo-Fi movement, and represented a risky move coming on the heels of The River, his most commercial and high selling album to date at that point. Most importantly, Nebraska is songwriting of the highest caliber: it solidified Springsteen‘s reputation for sophisticated and introspective lyrics, delving into the darkness the heart of what he has called “American isolation.”
  • JTdesign
    4 stars
    Boring… at first. I remember buying this album on cassette because I liked the first single, Open All Night, which was sparse, but still had lots of energy. Popped the cassette in my dashboard player and was immediately bummed out. It took me YEARS to really appreciate this record from a story-telling perspective. Musically, it's still a bit dull, but the lyrics are very compelling. … I recommend The Band's version of Atlantic City – stellar.
  • Springsteen Fanatic
    5 stars
    Early Americana. Nebraska has always been one of my favorites!! It’s a dark and haunting view of America in the 1980’s! Through these dark times Springsteen is able to reflect and give us a Masterpiece! This album ends with a ray of hope and we can all find a Reason To Believe!!!
  • southmpls
    5 stars
    FUBAR. I'd grown up in the eighties, knew Bruce from music videos and the radio, he was ok, not so much my thing.. few years back I picked this cd up, fell in love, fell real hard... Springsteen is up there with the all time greats.
  • rebelaxe
    5 stars
    new direction. the boss at his best all songs are excellent.
  • JWP BASS
    5 stars
    His best. Of all the hours and hours and hours of music he has released, I only like 41 minutes of his music. And this is it.
  • Tuty's guy
    5 stars
    The album scholars in 2082 will study. In 1982, I had heard some (little) Springsteen music. I knew Hungry Heart, Born to Run, and was more familiar that he had written Blinded by the Light, Fire, and Because the Night. A friend gave me BTR (album), I bought Greetings at a flea market and started reading up on this rocker come Guthrie via Dylan and Memphis Soul. Then in October, Nebraska. No band, no bluster - just a guitar, a harmonica, and a voice. Stark, raw emotion. It was America in 1982...bleak, in recession, absent of the phony light metal pop you heard on the radio. This album led to the two strands of Springsteen's career: anthemic heartland messages blended with intimate portraits. Whether it's Atlantic City, Mansion on the Hill, State Trooper, or Open All Night..you will find the heart of Springsteen's work on this album.
  • KatABishop
    5 stars
    Let your mind wander... Simply, one of the best albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to, a must have. So raw and real, thank you.
  • XxFlashbacksxX
    5 stars
    Springsteen. There's no way you can't like springsteen
  • RCollins
    5 stars
    A Quiet, Understated Masterpiece. Nebraska represents Bruce Springsteen at his most eerie and raw best, and another example of why he might be America's Great Artist before he's through. These songs are no filter, sparse arrangements with haunting vocals depicting the most desperate stories and circumstances. This album is not a "singles" collection and one should listen to this in one sitting, preferably at night, on headphones if possible. There's so much going on musically and lyrically in these songs it's hard to take in unless you can give some attention to it without interruption. Springsteen's vocals sound distant sonically, like you are eavesdropping on a strange neighbor talking to himself about his life. This is one of Springsteen's finest and most unpredictable outings and could be a template for young musicians looking for inspiration. Sometimes, indeed, less is more. If you want to rock out to Springsteen, put on "Born in the U.S.A." or "Born To Run". If you want a more intimate showcase for The Boss, this is it. "Nebraska" is a quiet, understated masterpiece.
  • Bruce Mack
    4 stars
    Dylanesk. The stories told are telling that Springsteen is my generations Dylan. a couple of the songs like Highway Patrolman are hard to listen to over and over but this was a great prelude to the later acoustic sets.
  • Uncle Elijah
    5 stars
    Nebraska. There is no way to describe this album fully, you just have to listen to it yourself. It is a acoustic album telling the hardships and story's of American people, whether it be a murdurer or a groom alone at the alter. That is what Bruce Springsteen is all about, one of his best albums "Nebraska", is chilling, yet gripping. You can't stop listening no matter dark it is. To really understand Bruce, you need to get this album and listen to it in it's entireity. You really need to pay attention to to the lyrics to understand. This album is prefect for a boring car ride, just listen and let Springsteen's lyrics fill your imagination with a new world of thought.
  • <3 Sharon
    5 stars
    Haunting. This album is so haunting! It literally goes me chills everytime I listen to it! My favorite song is my fathers house It's so raw and melancholy and if I close my eyes A clear picture of what he's singing passes through my mind! One of the top 10 greatest albums ever!!
  • fewfawfs
    5 stars
    springsteen. this album is amazing, so melancholy but beautiful at the same time.
  • @Louis_Tomlinson
    5 stars
    (:. Best album ever!
  • BLM
    5 stars
    Perfect.. Gritty. Honest. Melancholy. Perfect.
  • kfkfl;ksdkl;kl;
    5 stars
    A Great Album. I wouldn't even call myself a Springsteen fan, but this is one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time. It is just so simple, haunting, and beautiful.
  • Brainscatters
    3 stars
    Great for fans. True Springsteen fans will love it, but I can't imagine anybody BUT his true fans liking it.
  • RadioHab
    5 stars
    Sublime. Haunting. Amazing.. It's 2am and I'm sitting here in the dark listening to this forgotten gem. I stumbled on this in my iTunes after not hearing it for many years and it's even more moving than the first time I heard it in the 1980's when I was a dumb kid. Springsteen may be known for his "All American" shows and party rock songs, but this album shows a side of him that no one saw coming. Grab you a bottle of anything, put the headphones on, turn the lights off and let it encapsulate you. One of the 10 greatest albums of all time by anyone. Ever.
  • Nomadic Troubadour
    5 stars
    Stark & Dark. This is Springsteen at his absolute best!
  • Dave z17
    5 stars
    Amazing. Pure Americana. One of the best albums i've ever heard. It truly conveys American life in a way that is more heartfelt and real then most would like to admit. Springsteen's best.
  • mcbrat2626
    5 stars
    Top Ten. To me this is one of the top ten records of all time. Simple and haunting, just a man, his thoughts, and his guitar.
  • Muppetfan85
    5 stars
    Great. Can't stop listening to highway patrolman. Reminds me of my brother. Haunting but beautiful at the same time.
  • Ravensfan410
    5 stars
    Nebraska. Atlantic City is a great song. I've listened to this song over and over. Bruce really told the story about a deteriorating resort area that converted to legalized gambling and the future problems for the town.
  • Beatles Fan # 492
    4 stars
    One of Springsteen's Best. Bruce Springsteen's 1982 album NEBRASKA is very unique because it exceeds all expectations. When I first heard about it and saw the track listing, I thought it was just a collection of average songs such as 'Nebraska' just being a song about the state, but when I finally listened to the song, I was surprised because it's actually a story of a Nebraska serial killer (Charles Starkweather) told in first-person. The entire album has a variety of songs with different moods. Such as 'Nebraska' and 'State Trooper' being very dark and surreal, as well as upbeat songs such as 'Atlantic City' and 'Open All Night'. The fact that it's all acoustic and recorded by himself in a room just makes it all the more unique. One of Springsteen's best. If your a fan, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
  • cheese0701
    5 stars
    #1 in my top 5 of all-time. There is just something about this album I cannot put my finger on. It comes from a dark place and sounds like it was recorded somewhere in the middle of nowhere during the middle of the night. The music here just brings me to a place that music has never taken me to before. I believe that this is Mr. Springsteen's crowning achievement and that everyone should own this album.
  • Old Peterhof
    5 stars
    Bruce at Some of His Best. I consider this album a masterpiece -- a collection of songs dealing with individuals struggling with isolation or alienation in various forms. Powerless individuals struggling against situations and obstacles they can not overcome. While most people will point to "Johnny 99" as the shining star of the album, I recommend a few listens to "Reason to Believe."
  • TheNotoriousVoice
    5 stars
    Timeless. I have always been a Bruce Springsteen fan, but this album really drew me in to his lyricism, poetry, and beautiful symbolism. This is American music at it's finest. Haunting, original, and raw, this album personifies Bruce as a writer. This is my favorite album.
  • messj
    5 stars
    Best Bruce album. Best album. Most introspective.
  • Asphalto el Gato
    5 stars
    Essential Americana. This is far and away the best Springsteen album ever made. A dark, brooding, soundtrack for a desolate American landscape. This album should be in every singer/songwriter's collection as an example of how it's done.
  • Candy'sRoom
    5 stars
    Great Album!!. I absolutely love this album. I can listen to "Johnny 99", "Nebraska", and "Reason to Believe" nonstop. This album isn't as recognized as some of Bruce's others, but it deserves recognition and praise. Definitely buy this!
  • WvMEK
    5 stars
    The Best of the Boss. Twenty seven years later, and it is still Bruce's best work. I remember when it was released, I was blown away. First by the album itself, then by the negative reaction from people who at the time just didn't get it. They couldn't get past the departure from the big E Street Band sound. I'm glad to see so many reviews of this album appreciate the raw unfiltered nature of this album. Even though it was initially recorded as "demo" material for a later release with the E Street Band. If it had been released any other way it wouldn't have had the same impact. You can't go wrong with this one.
  • JWLA
    5 stars
    Great work. I'm a newer Bruce fan but as I started buying all the albums, this one was the toughest to initially get into. But I let it play all the way through a few times and realized what a great piece of music this record is. It can be sad but it's REAL LIFE! "Used Cars" and "My Father's House" are heartbreaking but remind me of things in my life as a kid. Bruce is truly a legend and "Nebraska" is a great piece of his catalog.
  • golfstud
    5 stars
    Simply Stunning. Agree with most reviews, this is one of the must have albums of AMERICAN MUSIC. Period. For a simple demo reel recorded at home, it sure sounds intimate on a good stereo. Some of the best singing and conveying of emotion in recorded music history, those Jersey boys...Sinatra and Springsteen sure can convey human emotion. Atlantic City is the adult version of Thunder Road and just when the darkness wants to be to much, he closes with a Reason to Believe. Both of these tunes would be re-imagined over the years in concert to great effect..showing their power and greatness years later. This is an album to listen to in the dark, just like Sinatra's Only the Lonely a generation before.
  • d~~j
    5 stars
    Bruce's Best. Raw, real, and beautiful. There is not a single untrue word in this album. It's like nothing else out there.
  • Nick624
    1 stars
    Not Bruce at all!. Atlantic City is awesome but the rest STINKS
  • JeremyWerner
    5 stars
    Great album. One of his best.
  • mesh138
    5 stars
    amazing. I listen to death metal and gangsta rap, so people are surprised when I tell them "Atlantic City," off this album is my favorite song ever. It is the best song ever made.
  • Sour Nipple
    5 stars
    Don't download this. Go out and buy the real CD!!!. Easily the finest masterwork in the Springsteen canon. DO NOT MERELY DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM. iTunes plus may be better than the regular garbage mp3s they are foisting on you, but not even close to the sonic quality of the actual vinyl (if you can find it) or the CD. So go buy the CD, and then rip them yourself if you must listen on your iPod. But make sure to use the highest setting possible, 320kbps, to retain as much of this sonic masterpiece possible.
  • ReedandDylan
    5 stars
    My favorite Springsteen album. This is one the best albums ever put out by any artist. Raw, honest and beautiful. If you like Bruce and don't have this one drop the six bucks or whatever bargain basement price itunes is charging for this. Truly an incredible collection.
  • rfck86
    5 stars
    reality in a bottle... This album is only for the people who can relate music to real life.. It is chilling, haunting, and oh so real. "reason to believe" can give anyone an inspiration,"Nebraska" will make your neck hairs rise,and "johnny 99" is a song that could be re-made by any metal band with the courage...this whole album puts you in touch with the dark , but truthful side of life. an inspirational classic,for all walks of life.
  • aaa11
    5 stars
    Great Story Telling. Bruce's first accoustic album in 'Nebraska' shows that he can tell stories like no one else. Nebraska and Johnny 99 are must buy tracks. GOOD.
  • Psychadelisized
    5 stars
    PURE GENIUS. To me, this album is mainly about death and is Springsteens way of paying his respects to the people who died in the massacre by Charles Starkweathers "fun" as he called it. It never sold good do to its dull lyrics and to get to the point, freaked people out, but in my perspective its definately one of the best albums ever made.
  • eliminate5
    5 stars
    Springsteen's best. This is Springsteen's best and one of the best acoustic albums of all time. It's been extensively reviewed elsewhere so I'll just say that the album opens with some great acoustic songs about the darker side of the American experience. The last few tracks aren't quite as strong but "Open All Night", especially this version, is really one of my favorite songs.
  • theBackground.
    5 stars
    Unique and different. Not your typical inspiring Springsteen record, but he still draws a picture vivid enough in one song (Highway Patrolman) that it was worth buying the rest of the album. I listened to this album from start to finish for the first listen. Not often I find an album like this.
  • Sumonation
    5 stars
    Nebraska. This album is great and quite possible Bruce's best. His writing is outstanding and poetic Each song is a beautiful vignette that throws light on the human condition. An unlike most albums, this one is thematic with every song being worthwhile. The sparse production also adds to the mood giving it a haunting yet beautiful quality. Like all great music it stands the test of time and grows on you.
  • gabanzas
    5 stars
    Perfect. This is my favorite album of all times every song hits deep this is a emotional roller coasters..❤️❤️❤️
  • Uncle Joe's Tunz
    5 stars
    THE BEST ALBUM BY BRUCE!. This is the best album by Bruce Springsteen and maybe the best album to come out in the 80s. Story songs and Bruce reveals his inner songs. Songs about the underbelly of America. I love the sparness of the album. They may have only been demos but I am so glad it was released this way. I grew to love Bruce after this song. I tried to get into before this but never did. Now I conside him as one of the best singer songwriter and band leader. This is the one I come back to. Uncle Joe's Tunz!
  • The Nukes
    5 stars
    BEST ALBUM EVER. I bought this album when I was in 8th grade and it's haunted me ever since. I listen to it every night when I fall asleep. I'm not lying. The outtakes are even better. Go listen to Losin Kind and Child Bride on You Tube. Best album ever in my mind.
  • Mwalimu_B
    5 stars
    Daring Masterpiece. Nebraska stands out among Bruce Springsteen albums for its refusal to follow the rules. Recorded in Bruce’s bedroom and released as it is, the album practically defines the Lo-Fi movement, and represented a risky move coming on the heels of The River, his most commercial and high selling album to date at that point. Most importantly, Nebraska is songwriting of the highest caliber: it solidified Springsteen‘s reputation for sophisticated and introspective lyrics, delving into the darkness the heart of what he has called “American isolation.”
  • JTdesign
    4 stars
    Boring… at first. I remember buying this album on cassette because I liked the first single, Open All Night, which was sparse, but still had lots of energy. Popped the cassette in my dashboard player and was immediately bummed out. It took me YEARS to really appreciate this record from a story-telling perspective. Musically, it's still a bit dull, but the lyrics are very compelling. … I recommend The Band's version of Atlantic City – stellar.
  • Springsteen Fanatic
    5 stars
    Early Americana. Nebraska has always been one of my favorites!! It’s a dark and haunting view of America in the 1980’s! Through these dark times Springsteen is able to reflect and give us a Masterpiece! This album ends with a ray of hope and we can all find a Reason To Believe!!!
  • southmpls
    5 stars
    FUBAR. I'd grown up in the eighties, knew Bruce from music videos and the radio, he was ok, not so much my thing.. few years back I picked this cd up, fell in love, fell real hard... Springsteen is up there with the all time greats.
  • rebelaxe
    5 stars
    new direction. the boss at his best all songs are excellent.
  • JWP BASS
    5 stars
    His best. Of all the hours and hours and hours of music he has released, I only like 41 minutes of his music. And this is it.
  • Tuty's guy
    5 stars
    The album scholars in 2082 will study. In 1982, I had heard some (little) Springsteen music. I knew Hungry Heart, Born to Run, and was more familiar that he had written Blinded by the Light, Fire, and Because the Night. A friend gave me BTR (album), I bought Greetings at a flea market and started reading up on this rocker come Guthrie via Dylan and Memphis Soul. Then in October, Nebraska. No band, no bluster - just a guitar, a harmonica, and a voice. Stark, raw emotion. It was America in 1982...bleak, in recession, absent of the phony light metal pop you heard on the radio. This album led to the two strands of Springsteen's career: anthemic heartland messages blended with intimate portraits. Whether it's Atlantic City, Mansion on the Hill, State Trooper, or Open All Night..you will find the heart of Springsteen's work on this album.
  • KatABishop
    5 stars
    Let your mind wander... Simply, one of the best albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to, a must have. So raw and real, thank you.
  • XxFlashbacksxX
    5 stars
    Springsteen. There's no way you can't like springsteen
  • RCollins
    5 stars
    A Quiet, Understated Masterpiece. Nebraska represents Bruce Springsteen at his most eerie and raw best, and another example of why he might be America's Great Artist before he's through. These songs are no filter, sparse arrangements with haunting vocals depicting the most desperate stories and circumstances. This album is not a "singles" collection and one should listen to this in one sitting, preferably at night, on headphones if possible. There's so much going on musically and lyrically in these songs it's hard to take in unless you can give some attention to it without interruption. Springsteen's vocals sound distant sonically, like you are eavesdropping on a strange neighbor talking to himself about his life. This is one of Springsteen's finest and most unpredictable outings and could be a template for young musicians looking for inspiration. Sometimes, indeed, less is more. If you want to rock out to Springsteen, put on "Born in the U.S.A." or "Born To Run". If you want a more intimate showcase for The Boss, this is it. "Nebraska" is a quiet, understated masterpiece.
  • Bruce Mack
    4 stars
    Dylanesk. The stories told are telling that Springsteen is my generations Dylan. a couple of the songs like Highway Patrolman are hard to listen to over and over but this was a great prelude to the later acoustic sets.
  • Uncle Elijah
    5 stars
    Nebraska. There is no way to describe this album fully, you just have to listen to it yourself. It is a acoustic album telling the hardships and story's of American people, whether it be a murdurer or a groom alone at the alter. That is what Bruce Springsteen is all about, one of his best albums "Nebraska", is chilling, yet gripping. You can't stop listening no matter dark it is. To really understand Bruce, you need to get this album and listen to it in it's entireity. You really need to pay attention to to the lyrics to understand. This album is prefect for a boring car ride, just listen and let Springsteen's lyrics fill your imagination with a new world of thought.
  • <3 Sharon
    5 stars
    Haunting. This album is so haunting! It literally goes me chills everytime I listen to it! My favorite song is my fathers house It's so raw and melancholy and if I close my eyes A clear picture of what he's singing passes through my mind! One of the top 10 greatest albums ever!!
  • fewfawfs
    5 stars
    springsteen. this album is amazing, so melancholy but beautiful at the same time.
  • @Louis_Tomlinson
    5 stars
    (:. Best album ever!
  • BLM
    5 stars
    Perfect.. Gritty. Honest. Melancholy. Perfect.
  • kfkfl;ksdkl;kl;
    5 stars
    A Great Album. I wouldn't even call myself a Springsteen fan, but this is one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time. It is just so simple, haunting, and beautiful.
  • Brainscatters
    3 stars
    Great for fans. True Springsteen fans will love it, but I can't imagine anybody BUT his true fans liking it.
  • RadioHab
    5 stars
    Sublime. Haunting. Amazing.. It's 2am and I'm sitting here in the dark listening to this forgotten gem. I stumbled on this in my iTunes after not hearing it for many years and it's even more moving than the first time I heard it in the 1980's when I was a dumb kid. Springsteen may be known for his "All American" shows and party rock songs, but this album shows a side of him that no one saw coming. Grab you a bottle of anything, put the headphones on, turn the lights off and let it encapsulate you. One of the 10 greatest albums of all time by anyone. Ever.
  • Nomadic Troubadour
    5 stars
    Stark & Dark. This is Springsteen at his absolute best!
  • Dave z17
    5 stars
    Amazing. Pure Americana. One of the best albums i've ever heard. It truly conveys American life in a way that is more heartfelt and real then most would like to admit. Springsteen's best.
  • mcbrat2626
    5 stars
    Top Ten. To me this is one of the top ten records of all time. Simple and haunting, just a man, his thoughts, and his guitar.
  • Muppetfan85
    5 stars
    Great. Can't stop listening to highway patrolman. Reminds me of my brother. Haunting but beautiful at the same time.
  • Ravensfan410
    5 stars
    Nebraska. Atlantic City is a great song. I've listened to this song over and over. Bruce really told the story about a deteriorating resort area that converted to legalized gambling and the future problems for the town.
  • Beatles Fan # 492
    4 stars
    One of Springsteen's Best. Bruce Springsteen's 1982 album NEBRASKA is very unique because it exceeds all expectations. When I first heard about it and saw the track listing, I thought it was just a collection of average songs such as 'Nebraska' just being a song about the state, but when I finally listened to the song, I was surprised because it's actually a story of a Nebraska serial killer (Charles Starkweather) told in first-person. The entire album has a variety of songs with different moods. Such as 'Nebraska' and 'State Trooper' being very dark and surreal, as well as upbeat songs such as 'Atlantic City' and 'Open All Night'. The fact that it's all acoustic and recorded by himself in a room just makes it all the more unique. One of Springsteen's best. If your a fan, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
  • cheese0701
    5 stars
    #1 in my top 5 of all-time. There is just something about this album I cannot put my finger on. It comes from a dark place and sounds like it was recorded somewhere in the middle of nowhere during the middle of the night. The music here just brings me to a place that music has never taken me to before. I believe that this is Mr. Springsteen's crowning achievement and that everyone should own this album.
  • Old Peterhof
    5 stars
    Bruce at Some of His Best. I consider this album a masterpiece -- a collection of songs dealing with individuals struggling with isolation or alienation in various forms. Powerless individuals struggling against situations and obstacles they can not overcome. While most people will point to "Johnny 99" as the shining star of the album, I recommend a few listens to "Reason to Believe."
  • TheNotoriousVoice
    5 stars
    Timeless. I have always been a Bruce Springsteen fan, but this album really drew me in to his lyricism, poetry, and beautiful symbolism. This is American music at it's finest. Haunting, original, and raw, this album personifies Bruce as a writer. This is my favorite album.
  • messj
    5 stars
    Best Bruce album. Best album. Most introspective.
  • Asphalto el Gato
    5 stars
    Essential Americana. This is far and away the best Springsteen album ever made. A dark, brooding, soundtrack for a desolate American landscape. This album should be in every singer/songwriter's collection as an example of how it's done.
  • Candy'sRoom
    5 stars
    Great Album!!. I absolutely love this album. I can listen to "Johnny 99", "Nebraska", and "Reason to Believe" nonstop. This album isn't as recognized as some of Bruce's others, but it deserves recognition and praise. Definitely buy this!
  • WvMEK
    5 stars
    The Best of the Boss. Twenty seven years later, and it is still Bruce's best work. I remember when it was released, I was blown away. First by the album itself, then by the negative reaction from people who at the time just didn't get it. They couldn't get past the departure from the big E Street Band sound. I'm glad to see so many reviews of this album appreciate the raw unfiltered nature of this album. Even though it was initially recorded as "demo" material for a later release with the E Street Band. If it had been released any other way it wouldn't have had the same impact. You can't go wrong with this one.
  • JWLA
    5 stars
    Great work. I'm a newer Bruce fan but as I started buying all the albums, this one was the toughest to initially get into. But I let it play all the way through a few times and realized what a great piece of music this record is. It can be sad but it's REAL LIFE! "Used Cars" and "My Father's House" are heartbreaking but remind me of things in my life as a kid. Bruce is truly a legend and "Nebraska" is a great piece of his catalog.
  • golfstud
    5 stars
    Simply Stunning. Agree with most reviews, this is one of the must have albums of AMERICAN MUSIC. Period. For a simple demo reel recorded at home, it sure sounds intimate on a good stereo. Some of the best singing and conveying of emotion in recorded music history, those Jersey boys...Sinatra and Springsteen sure can convey human emotion. Atlantic City is the adult version of Thunder Road and just when the darkness wants to be to much, he closes with a Reason to Believe. Both of these tunes would be re-imagined over the years in concert to great effect..showing their power and greatness years later. This is an album to listen to in the dark, just like Sinatra's Only the Lonely a generation before.
  • d~~j
    5 stars
    Bruce's Best. Raw, real, and beautiful. There is not a single untrue word in this album. It's like nothing else out there.
  • Nick624
    1 stars
    Not Bruce at all!. Atlantic City is awesome but the rest STINKS
  • JeremyWerner
    5 stars
    Great album. One of his best.
  • mesh138
    5 stars
    amazing. I listen to death metal and gangsta rap, so people are surprised when I tell them "Atlantic City," off this album is my favorite song ever. It is the best song ever made.
  • Sour Nipple
    5 stars
    Don't download this. Go out and buy the real CD!!!. Easily the finest masterwork in the Springsteen canon. DO NOT MERELY DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM. iTunes plus may be better than the regular garbage mp3s they are foisting on you, but not even close to the sonic quality of the actual vinyl (if you can find it) or the CD. So go buy the CD, and then rip them yourself if you must listen on your iPod. But make sure to use the highest setting possible, 320kbps, to retain as much of this sonic masterpiece possible.
  • ReedandDylan
    5 stars
    My favorite Springsteen album. This is one the best albums ever put out by any artist. Raw, honest and beautiful. If you like Bruce and don't have this one drop the six bucks or whatever bargain basement price itunes is charging for this. Truly an incredible collection.
  • rfck86
    5 stars
    reality in a bottle... This album is only for the people who can relate music to real life.. It is chilling, haunting, and oh so real. "reason to believe" can give anyone an inspiration,"Nebraska" will make your neck hairs rise,and "johnny 99" is a song that could be re-made by any metal band with the courage...this whole album puts you in touch with the dark , but truthful side of life. an inspirational classic,for all walks of life.
  • aaa11
    5 stars
    Great Story Telling. Bruce's first accoustic album in 'Nebraska' shows that he can tell stories like no one else. Nebraska and Johnny 99 are must buy tracks. GOOD.
  • Psychadelisized
    5 stars
    PURE GENIUS. To me, this album is mainly about death and is Springsteens way of paying his respects to the people who died in the massacre by Charles Starkweathers "fun" as he called it. It never sold good do to its dull lyrics and to get to the point, freaked people out, but in my perspective its definately one of the best albums ever made.
  • eliminate5
    5 stars
    Springsteen's best. This is Springsteen's best and one of the best acoustic albums of all time. It's been extensively reviewed elsewhere so I'll just say that the album opens with some great acoustic songs about the darker side of the American experience. The last few tracks aren't quite as strong but "Open All Night", especially this version, is really one of my favorite songs.
  • theBackground.
    5 stars
    Unique and different. Not your typical inspiring Springsteen record, but he still draws a picture vivid enough in one song (Highway Patrolman) that it was worth buying the rest of the album. I listened to this album from start to finish for the first listen. Not often I find an album like this.
  • Sumonation
    5 stars
    Nebraska. This album is great and quite possible Bruce's best. His writing is outstanding and poetic Each song is a beautiful vignette that throws light on the human condition. An unlike most albums, this one is thematic with every song being worthwhile. The sparse production also adds to the mood giving it a haunting yet beautiful quality. Like all great music it stands the test of time and grows on you.

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska Album Wiki

Nebraska (listen) is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west. It is the only triply landlocked U.S. state. Nebraska's area is just over 77,220 square miles (200,000 km2) with a population of almost 1.9 million people. Its state capital is Lincoln, and its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River. Indigenous peoples, including Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, and various branches of the Lakota (Sioux) tribes, lived in the region for thousands of years before European exploration. The state is crossed by many historic trails, including that of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state of the United States in 1867. It is the only state in the United States whose legislature is unicameral and officially nonpartisan. Nebraska is composed of two major land regions: the Dissected Till Plains and the Great Plains. The Dissected Till Plains region consist of gently rolling hills and contains the state's largest cities, Omaha and Lincoln. The Great Plains region, occupying most of western Nebraska, is characterized by treeless prairie, suitable for cattle-grazing. Nebraska has two major climatic zones. The eastern half of the state has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa); a unique warmer subtype considered "warm-temperate" exists near the southern plains like in Kansas and Oklahoma which have a predominantly humid subtropical climate. The western half of the state has a primarily semi-arid climate (Koppen BSk). The state has wide variations between winter and summer temperatures, variations that decrease moving south in the state. Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes occur primarily during spring and summer and sometimes in autumn. Chinook winds tend to warm the state significantly in the winter and early spring..