Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

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by Bruce Springsteen
     
 

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Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau.

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

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Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau.

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.'" -- From the label

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Touted as his "angriest" album in years, Wrecking Ball finds Bruce Springsteen breaking away from Brendan O'Brien and working with Ron Aniello, a producer best-known for his modern rock records. This isn't the only new name in Springsteen's orbit: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain appear alongside members of the E-Street Band and Willie Nile, giving Wrecking Ball an unexpected diversity that mirrors Bruce's highly-charged socially-aware songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886919425420
catalogNumber:
194254
Rank:
39199

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Primary Artist,Organ,Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Loops
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Soloist
Patti Scialfa   Background Vocals
Ron Aniello   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Loops
Art Baron   Tuba,Euphonium,Sousaphone,Penny Whistle
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Charlie Giordano   Piano,Accordion,Hammond B3
Stan Harrison   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Leisz   Banjo,Mandola,Lap Steel Guitar
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet,Bass Trumpet
Dan Levine   Euphonium,Alto Horn
Lisa Lowell   Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Tom Morello   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Clif Norrell   Background Vocals
Soozie Tyrell   Violin,Background Vocals
Max Weinberg   Drums
Curt Ramm   Trumpet,Cornet
Kevin Buell   Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Percussion
Ross Peterson   Background Vocals
Michelle Moore   Vocals,Background Vocals
Corinda Carford   Background Vocals
Tiffeny Andrews   Background Vocals
Ed Manion   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rob Lebret   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Antoinette Savage   Background Vocals
Lilly Brown   Background Vocals
Soloman Cobbs   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Springsteen   Composer,Producer
Patti Scialfa   Vocal Arrangements
Ron Aniello   Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer,Pro-Tools
Barbara Carr   Management
Jon Landau   Executive Producer,Management
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Toby Scott   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Ross Peterson   Engineer,overdub engineer,Pro-Tools
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Alison Oscar   Management
Marilyn Laverty   Publicity
Rob Light   Booking
Rob Lebret   Engineer
Jan Stabile   Management
Barry Bell   Booking

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Wrecking Ball 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cjfergie23 More than 1 year ago
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.
kevincorcoranjr More than 1 year ago
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.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
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