Dead Man's Town

Bruce Springsteen’s monumental LP Born In The U.S.A. turned 30 in June. In celebration, Lightning Rod Records is putting out Dead Man’s Town, a tribute album featuring indie rock and alt-country artists performing stripped-down versions of songs from the Boss’ biggest, most ’80s-sounding album. Following Low’s beautiful take on “I’m On Fire” (one of the best covers of a frequently covered song) comes a new rendition of “Dancing In The Dark” courtesy of singer-songwriter and New Jersey native Nicole Atkins. Atkins slows the song down, reducing its classic cheery synth riff to a quiet metronomic pulse accompanied by flourishes of keys and piano, her vocals bursting with barely restrained emotion. Listen below.


(via Speakeasy)

Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A. is out 9/16 on Lightning Rod.

Comments (2)
  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGrW8R_TWV4

    Still prefer the Tegan and Sara version

  2. This is pretty good- I think if it weren’t Casiotone, it would be even better. The song is a stone cold classic, but I like this take.

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