Most people associate Bruce Springsteen with grandiose 80s rock 'n roll bangers designed for football stadiums, but the Boss' history with hushed ballads has been understated and consistent. "I'm on Fire" carries the torch of Springsteen's softer tunes, a refreshing contrast to the bright patriotic fireworks display that characterizes "Born in the USA". With synthesizers lingering in the background and a steady, staccato percussive beat, you can hear where contemporary artists like Arcade Fire and fun. got their formula for sensitive anthems. Although his ideas have been imitated, Springsteen still does it best. "I'm on Fire" fades out right at its climax, leaving you in the midst of the Boss' emotional croon with chills on your back.