What a great exercise/idea! I could see myself falling down a rabbit hole and doing this for any number of bands.

I agree that the hallmark of any "good" (subjective, I know) Springsteen album is a balance of the introspective and anthemic. Sometimes that comes in sound form, and sometimes in the lyrics. This is a great place to start as Human Touch/Lucky Town could've--and IMO should've-- been one record.

Taking the best of each and distilling it into one compact record would likely have made for one of the best records in his discography. Instead, we got 2 that were...okay.

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