Darkness on the Edge of Town is Bruce Springsteen's fourth studio album. The album marked the end of a three-year gap between albums brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel. The 1978 album features the singles "Prove It All Night", "Badlands" and "The Promised Land".
Though not as heavily produced as Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town was given a full-bodied sound, with prominent keyboards and double-tracked vocals. Springsteen's stories were becoming less heroic, but his musical style remained grand. Yet the sound, and the conviction in his singing, added weight to songs like "Racing in the Street" and the title track, transforming the pathetic into the tragic.