On the strength of the double platinum soundtrack to Eddie and the Cruisers, John Cafferty And The Beaver Brown Band were able to record Tough All Over, an album of their original songs, and release it under their own name. Released in the summer of 1985 at the tail-end of Eddie-mania, the record managed to spawn hard-rocking Top 40 hits, "C-I-T-Y" and "Tough All Over," which strongly recalled Springsteen, much like the rest of Cafferty's songs. Besides the two hits, Tough All Over lacked material that ranked with the best of the Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack. Nevertheless, the album stayed on the charts for an impressive 32 weeks.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine