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Posted June 5, 2012
A must have cd for Springsteen fans and rockers everywhere. Wre
A must have cd for Springsteen fans and rockers everywhere. Wrecking Ball is addictive, I think I'm going to wear it out. The social message is everywhere in the lyrics. One minute I'm rocking to the powerful Wrecking Ball recalling days in NJ and then feeling introspective when I listen to "it's my confession, in this depression I need your heart." If you can only buy one cd, buy Wrecking Ball. Keep the music coming Bruce.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2012
Bruce is really hitting it home with this one... home everywhere. I can't think of a single person who isn't affected by some of the concepts in this album... economic hardships, unemployment, etc. He's taken his story-telling to a new level with this very real and very powerful album. I admire his poise in the poetry and lyrics, standing tall and saying what he truly feels. The music is also incredibly moving, a big sound that is a perfect background for the even bigger words.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2012
Bruce Gives The Working Class Something To Smile About
While Springsteen's output in the last few years has been inconsistent---certainly his last album "Working On A Dream" was probably his most mediocre album since "Human Touch"---it sometimes takes something startling to help Springsteen's creative juices to release his dose of thunder. This was definitely the case when the 9/11 attacks helped him and The E Street Band produce one of his most somber and moving albums, "The Rising". Now, it has taken two incidents to help those juices flow. One of them was the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has put a much-needed scrutiny on corporate greed and income inequality in America. Another was the death of his long-time sax player and close friend, Clarence Clemons, last year. This double-punch of social consciousness and personal tragedy has resulted in "Wrecking Ball", probably the most dramatic and up-front album Springsteen has made since "Nebraska" or "Darkness On The Edge of Town". Yet, the album is full of the somber undertones that helped make "The Rising" such a brilliant, timeless album, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Working with most of The E Street Band, a new producer (multi-instrumentalist Ron Aniello) and even a couple of appearances by Tom Morello, the monster guitarist of Rage Against The Machine, Springsteen delivers one working-class opus (or underclass opus) after another, from the anthemic opener "We Take Care Of Our Own" to the stirring climax of "We Are Alive". There's even an Irish jig in "Death To My Hometown", a call-to-arms answer to his 1984 hit, "My Hometown". He also cites The Meadowlands and the downtrodden surroundings of it as a metaphor for working-class survival in the title track.
If there are stand-out songs on this album, there are two of them. "Jack Of All Trades", which features Morello on lead guitar, has Springsteen proudly singing of the importance of the menial jobs one sometimes has to take while denouncing the greed and the corruption of the wealthy---"The banker man grows fat/The working man grows thin/It's happened before/And it'll happen again." You listen to that song and it makes you smile with recognition.
The second song is a song that Springsteen had written for "The Rising" but didn't use, except in his scorching concerts. It is "The Land Of Hopes And Dreams" and it's one of the most uplifting and magnificent songs he has ever done, even including a little bit of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" as he sings of a train full of people from all walks of life, all wishing for positive things in their lives. What makes this version so great is that it features a sax solo by Clarence Clemons (possibly taken from a concert performance). A more than fitting coda to Clemons' life and talent, it's been said that Springsteen cried when he heard this song the first time. It's difficult not to cry.
It's safe to say that of all the performers who emerged from the quietude of the 1970's, Bruce Springsteen could very well be the only one whose talent has gotten progressively better with time. Even his less-than-successful albums have had very good moments. "Wrecking Ball" has nothing but excellent moments.
Posted March 8, 2012
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Posted March 9, 2012
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