Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
Fans had to wait three years after Born To Run for it's arrival, due to legal/contractual troubles. It concentrates on the frustrations of small-town working class life, and many songs are about escapism. Key to this escape was the car, in particular drag racing and driving at night.
Some songs are about hopelessness, like the beautiful title track, while others are full of hope for redemption through hard work. e.g. Badlands.
Much has been written about this album, more eloquently than I ever could, so here is Rolling Stone magazine's original 1978 album review:
The album reached no.14 in the UK and no.5 in the US. I absolutely love it, and here are probably my two favourite tracks: