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An Axe To Grind!,
This review is from: Wrecking Ball (Special Edition) (Audio CD)
Pete Townshend was once quoted to the effect that in rock and roll, if you don't have an axe to grind, you should get out. As a huge Springsteen fan for years, I enjoyed his last two CDs ("Magic" and "Working On A Dream"), but they both seemed like the work of a professional doing what he does (very) well, but only just that. "Wrecking Ball" reveals Bruce with an axe back in his hand (and I don't mean his guitar). This album has "character" (although not "characters", as many reviewers have pointed out, he's not a story teller here)that I haven't heard from him since "Devils and Dust". While the music is classic Springsteen with a few new twists, such as female backing vocals, some loops, and a rap interlude, this is clearly a party with a purpose and stays on message practically from beginning to end. And it SOUNDS great, without which the message in a song ceases to matter to me. "Wreckng Ball" is a fantastic anthem, "We Take Care of Our Own", despite what it sound like on casual listening, is a hell of a protest song, not a flag-waver. "Shackled and Drawn" and "We are Alive" are great additions to the Springsteen cannon, and the whole album enjoyable from beginning to end.
P.S. I 've heard other reveiwers complain that he doesn't sound mad, just mad for us. What do you expect?He's part of the 1%. I'm just glad he hasn't lost his perspective on everyday lives that the insulation of living in that 1% can easily cause.
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Initial post: Apr 14, 2012 6:32:06 PM PDT
Michael Wade says:
The word is "canon."
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