Music Review: Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen

By Vanessa Butler

The Boss is back with his latest album Wrecking Ball.

If you’re looking for an album that will set your middle class woes to song, Bruce Springsteen’s 17th album is just what you’ve been waiting for. Backed mostly by the E Street Band, Springsteen passionately belts out track after track on hating the economy, watching the Giants game with pals, cleaning leaves out of the gutter and loving America all the way from “The shotgun shack to the Superdome.”

The bitter reality of the American dream is alive and well on Wrecking Ball.

Fans of Born in the USA Springsteen might stop listening after the first few songs because of the subdued lyrics and rhythm. But no matter what the message may be, Springsteen’s gift for composing catchy rock and roll choruses, like in the lead off single “We Take Care Of Our Own,” are sure to be belted out by sold out stadiums nationwide.

Lyrics aside, the album explores many of the musical trends Springsteen has experimented with throughout the years. “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” which features the late Clarence Clemons on sax, brings back memories of the legendary E Street accompaniment. The slow waltz track “Jack of All Trades” tells the tale of “The banker man (who) grows fat, working man (who) grows thin” and is reminiscent of the hard hitting reality in Springsteen’s past albums. “Rocky Ground,” a gospel hip-hop song, works so seamlessly with the rest of the album that his older fans may even get into it.

Yes, Bruce Springsteen may be the token lyricist for the working man for over two decades, but Wrecking Ball just sounds like another one-percenter trying to hang out in the belly of the beast with the rest of us. The lyrics may be right, but the feelings you get listening to him sing the tracks feels so wrong.

Best Tracks: “Wrecking Ball,” “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” “Jack of All Trades”

Skip These: “You’ve Got it,” “We Are Alive”


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