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3. 'Tunnel of Love' (1987)
“Tunnel of Love” is Springsteen’s “Blood on the Tracks,” his “Rumours.” Despite the initial protestations from his camp to the contrary, anyone who listened to it knew that his marriage to Julianne Phillips had hit the skids. An album full of tales about the distance between the man he is and the better man he thought he’d be and wants to be, “ToL” is a bittersweet, heartbreaking manifesto on how easy it is to lose each other in matters of the heart. Recorded mainly solo, his loneliness bleeds off every track. “It oughtta be easy, oughtta be simple enough/Man meets woman and they fall in love... “ If only...