She's the One would be my next choice, putting side 2 a hair above side 1 for me, even though Thunder Road is my favorite song of all time. I just love the story on Meeting, and that trumpet is just brilliant.
I really do think you should at least give Lucky Town another listen. I think it's a truly underrated record that would be considered much more along the lines of Tunnel of Love than Human Touch if it hadn't been released along with the latter. Again, I think it would be silly of you to ignore a large portion of Springsteen's career, especially when Lucky Town (and probably Tom Joad, as well) are better records than his most recent one, and I trust you will be reviewing that.
Also, if you're interested, this guy did a pretty cool feature leading up to the release of Working on a Dream where he went back and gave reviews/reflections on each album in Springsteen's discography. His opinion on Lucky Town was always especially interesting to me, and was what inspired me to give that album a more fair chance. Scroll down if you're looking for that review, but they should all be there.
Interesting, I'll definitely check that out. I think Magic
is one of his better releases. I've always hated that he put out HT
on the same day. But then again he's the only artist to ever release two full length record on the same day, so that's pretty cool.