i first got ahold of this a few weeks back, and it's quickly shot to one of my favorite albums. i didn't really get the appeal of springsteen from listening to his more rock 'n' roll stuff, but this album is really haunting and touching. the way he can turn such simple half-stories into such great songs is mind-boggling. it's pretty bleak, but ends with the perfect glimmer of hope. so i recommend this to anyone except for the "OMG if it has no bass it's crap" types.