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Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

March 2, 2012
4.3 out of 5 stars 399 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 2, 2012
  • Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 51:26
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  • ASIN: B007F39498
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 399 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,406 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Wrecking Ball is an angry album dealing with hard and desperate times: unemployment, economic discrepancies, and personal displacement are just a few of the underlying themes addressed. It is also an album where many of the musical styles Bruce Springsteen has engaged in come together, along with new elements such as loops and a more pronounced use of female singers.

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.
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1975 was a very long time ago. So, with that little slice of obviousness behind us, what exactly is Bruce Springsteen up to on the other side of the looking-glass as I consider the significance of his much anticipated new album Wrecking Ball. Springsteen has never had it easy managing expectations - even before listening for the first time, I am already half-smiling at the consternation and intellectual discomfort of many reviewers as they ponder the delphic riddle that confounds them with every new Springsteen release - whether or not his new music returns New Jersey's favorite son to the working class zen so powerfully forged during his first decade of work.

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.
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I got the album in preparation for going to Springsteen's September 2012 concert in Washington, DC, as part of his 2012 Wrecking Ball Tour. The concert featured most of the Wrecking Ball album songs and, at 62, the Boss is still the Boss. Before a packed house in the 45,000-seat Washington Nationals baseball stadium, he performed non-stop for close to four hours with the crowd-pleasing vigor of a 20-year-old.
"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.
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First, let me set context here. I'm rather new to Bruce Springsteen. I'm 58 but treated him with indifference though I knew his music and story. How could anyone in the USA miss that story back in the 70's when it was plastered all over Newsweek and Time? Later on in the 80's someone loaned me Born to Run but I just did not see what the fuss was about. I was too stuck into my Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker records. I wanted to hear virtuosity... there are many types of virtuosity and certainly that exists with Bruce and The E Street Band but it wasn't the sort of virtuosity I was looking for. Anyway... Tastes and motivations change as we get older, don't they? I saw Bruce's performance in the Superbowl a few years back and was impressed but our family went through some big changes and moved cross-country and I forgot about that. Long story short, I got here via The Clash and London Calling after finally getting curious to see what THAT was all about. I decided to buy the Live in NY City collection as was just blown away by the power of the sound, the incredible showmanship and of course the songs. Land of Hope and Dreams is what sealed the deal for me. So I decided I needed to add to my very large music collection by purchasing something new (the studio version of Land of Hope and Dreams helped me decide on Wrecking Ball) and Born in the USA.

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.
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