The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town Reviews
I liked the discussion of the most known songs and how they captured the goal of the album, as well as the focus on the songs that were left off, but I was a little disappointed that the "deep cuts" weren't talked about more; "Because the Night" gets given away to Patti Smith, "Fire" to the Pointer Sisters, but we never do learn why exactly a song like "Streets of Fire" ends up on the album. Thom Zimny's Boss flicks are always a little hero-worshipping, but like I said, to an extent it's for fans only.
It honestly shows the Ego Bruce had to have to get the project going but his dedication to the sound and artistry of the album is incredible to see and all the people interviewed equally feel the same about Bruce & the journey they went on.
It really shows a man giving his all, 110% to get the music & lyrics right and the incredible artistic journey they went on....a subtle simple Doco top watch.
Springsteen is like Hemingway for me... I don't like all his stuff, but his good stuff is as good as anything out there. And he has plenty of good stuff. Regardless of the music on this album, his follow-up try after the smash Born to Run, I know what Bruce does down the road, so it's fun to watch him at work.
It is obvious The Boss is all about passion. Even in 2010, his concerts appear to be the best ticket out there. Maybe only Garth Brooks can compete with intensity. That is one reason I like Springsteen so much, and some of that passion is evident here. It takes a lot of energy and a lot of something else to put yourself out there artistically. Frankly, some of what Springsteen did on tape back in the day seems silly and childish. If I didn't know his other stuff, I'd write him off as half a quack. Instead, that passion and silliness are somewhat inspiring. Even on the bad songs, it seems, Springsteen gives a song his all. Imagine what he must have acted like on the good songs.
Secondly, I like Springsteen because of the attitude. Few, if any, have written about the working class better than the Boss. Even fewer have done so believably. I don't think it is as present on this album (but who knows, I don't really know the songs), but a collection of his greatest hits reveals a true genius in telling the story of the working man. Part of this documentary was the struggle of a man/band that was working class, then had a lot after a big first album. How could he still write about those things? This docu doesn't really get into that as it stays mostly on this album, but it's obvious he was able to hold on to those roots and still does today. To keep the passion and still making moving music through all these years is what makes Springsteen the one and only Boss.