Other songs such as "Independence Day", "Point Blank", "The Ties That Bind", and "Sherry Darling" would turn up on Springsteen's next album, The River, while still others became bootleg classics until surfacing on Springsteen's compilations titled Tracks, 18 Tracks, and The Promise.
In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Dave Marsh viewed Darkness on the Edge of Town as a landmark record in rock and roll because of the clarity of its production, Springsteen's unique guitar playing, and the programming, which he said connected the characters and themes in a subtle yet cohesive manner.
The Abhorrent Admirer differs from more sympathetic characters in one key respect: the audience is expected to find her both unattractive and extremely unsympathetic, and is supposed to feel for the protagonist because she has him in her sights and just won't take a hint or proves resistant to the clue-by-four.
These characters tend strongly to be female rather than male, as a result of a few different gender stereotypes.
In a retrospective review for All Music, William Ruhlmann said that Springsteen began to fully realize his characters as working class on Darkness on the Edge of Town, whose "hard truths in hard rock settings" made for a less accessible work than Born to Run.
The 6-disc set includes 3 CDs and 3 DVD or Blu-ray discs.
In September 2010, a documentary film chronicling the making of Darkness was first shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. 33 and follow-up "Badlands" just missed, peaking at No.
Quoting Springsteen as saying "More than rich, more than famous, more than happy – I wanted to be great," reviewer Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger commented: "For many fans, that long journey pulled onto the Turnpike here." In terms of the original LP's sequencing, Springsteen continued his "four corners" approach from Born to Run, as the songs beginning each side ("Badlands" and "The Promised Land") were martial rallying cries to overcome circumstances, while the songs ending each side ("Racing in the Street", "Darkness on the Edge of Town") were sad dirges of circumstances overcoming all hope. Though the album failed to generate any substantial hit singles ("Prove It All Night" made it into the Top 40 in the U. 42), Darkness was critically well-received and claimed the No. Springsteen says, "When I saw the picture I said, 'That's the guy in the songs.' I wanted the part of me that's still that guy to be on the cover.
The deluxe box set contains an 80-page spiral-bound reproduction of Springsteen's original notebooks documenting the recording sessions for the album containing alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details, and personal notes.
Frank stripped away all your celebrity and left you with your essence.
That's what that record was about." A documentary entitled "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town" was produced for the box set.
Even a wave and a smile from her will be treated as a fate worse than death for the recipient. In some cases, the point of the joke is that the protagonist is too nice to say anything, thus allowing the situation to come up repeatedly.
In others, just portraying the protagonist's reaction — which may be closer to mortal terror than awkwardness — is considered enough of a punchline on its own.
It's not unheard of for there to be more than one Abhorrent Admirer for the same character, either.