I’m sure you’ve heard Pete Yorn do the full cover of Dancing in the Dark. When you hear it played in a tempo that matches the mood of the lyrics, stripped of synth, you realize that it is actually an amazing song, and ranks right up there with some of the best of his canon.
The same goes for his acoustic demo for Born in the USA recorded during the Nebraska sessions. The album Born in the USA with a few notable exceptions is just as dark lyrically as Nebraska, and I think that’s what makes it brilliant. That juxtaposition of desperation in the words against feelings of hope in the lyrics. It completely captured the spirit of the mid 80s.