The sixth studio album from Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska is a more stripped back work. Originally intended to be demos for the next E-Street band record, Bruce decided to release them himself and it remains one of the most highly regarded albums in his catalogue. With sparse instrumentation throughout and sombre songs it deals with the ordinary blue collar workers, depicted in many Springsteen songs reaching various turning points in life.
With the cuts State Trooper, Highway Patrolman and the opener Nebraska focusing on criminal tales and the albums closer, Reason To Believe offering salvation, it’s a rewarding, if difficult listen. Steve Earle covered State Trooper and The National included a cover of Mansion on the Hill on their Virginia EP.
The cover depicts a view from an auto-mobile, going down an open road, which captures the mood of the record. Here in felt pen.