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Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'"
Landau told Rolling Stone magazine that the record is an ambitious "big-picture piece of work. It's a rock record that combines elements of both Bruce's classic sound and his Seeger Sessions experience, with new textures and styles." Members of the E Street Band play on the album, along with a variety of outside musicians, including Tom Morello. "Bruce and Ron used a wide variety of players to create something that both rocks and is very fresh."
This album is pressed on two 180 gram LPs and includes a CD.
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It opens with We Take Care of Our Own, a song that musically sounds like vintage E Street Band; it is, in its own way, as powerful an opening track as Badlands or Born in the U.S.A. Like that latter song, it could receive a mistaken interpretation by the casual listener drawn in to the catchy chorus. But, where the chorus declares "We take care of our own," the lyrics examine an America where needed help never appears.
Shackled and Drawn and Death to My Hometown both bear strong resemblances to the tracks Springsteen performed during his Seeger Sessions time. With their Irish feel, they sound like songs that Shane MacGowan could sink his crooked teeth into with joy. Easy Money, a song about a man going out with his lover to commit crimes to make some cash, has a ramshackle, country feel that perfectly matches Springsteen's grizzled snarl.
The title track presents Springsteen reminiscing about coming up in the "swamps of Jersey," referencing his classic track Rosalita. It is a defiant song in which Bruce dares all comers to "take your best shot/let me see what you got." It is an exhilarating song; at 62, The Boss is still willing to throw down the gauntlet.
Wrecking Ball, for all its anger, ends on a hopeful note. Land of Hope and Dreams, a song that debuted during the 1999-2000 E Street reunion tour, uses the imagery of the freedom train carrying passengers to a better destination.Read more ›
Respectfully, with nearly forty years now seperating Wrecking Ball from the work that made his reputation, a side-by-side comparison seems unfair and absurdly front-loaded. The music that Springsteen created between 1973 and 1982 is now really for the ages and represents a nearly impossible standard for any artist to live up to.
Unfortunately for Springsteen, once his own PR flaks started cranking out the agitprop touting his imminent release as the time-machine return of the "old Bruce" and "the best" since Born To Run, The River or... (fill in the blanks) it seemed inevitable that Wrecking Ball would, could never overcome the weight of their very wishful but ultimately, weightless hyperbole. To be fair, there's really no objective assessment worth a damn that can be made for music that we have been listening to for mere hours against songs that has been seminal to the rock soundtrack for almost four decades.Read more ›
"Wrecking Ball" is classic Springsteen -- poignant, moving, biting lyrics telling the story of the millions in our nation who work hard all their lives and never get much of a break. If you sympathize with his views, you'll love the album. If you're among the privileged rich, you probably won't.
I'm really enjoying the songs on Wrecking Ball; these seem to be a cross between the stuff he's done with The E Street Band and Irish folk music (which I've heard he was doing a few years back so I'll investigate that too). The music has a lot of power, a larger-than-life foundation underneath (I'm a musician by the way).
My only complaint with this special edition is the larger packaging.Read more ›
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I did not think the Boss had an album this good still in him. The Ken Casey influenced songs are greatPublished 1 month ago by Michael Volpe
A few good ones. Was expecting more 1800s/mountin/Irish styled musicPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some improvement here from the last record Working On A Dream which IMO was the weakest album this great American artist ever did. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grant
LOVE anything by Bruce! This was especially touching due to the subject of the Wrecking BallPublished 5 months ago by SuSu
I'm a die-hard Springsteen fan. I purchased this CD when it first came out. I hadn't listened to it in about six months, then I played it last week. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Venita H. Brown