Album no. 12: “Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Album: “Wrecking Ball”
Band: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Year: 2012
Single: “We Take Care Of Our Own”
Best Song: “Jack of All Trades”

Tracklist
1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled And Drawn
4. Jack of All Trades (feat. Tom Morello)
5. Death to My Home Town
6. This Depression (feat. Tom Morello)
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Alive
12. Swallowed Up
13. American Land

About the album — This is the first Bruce album released while I was a fan of his so it’s hard to not get emotionally attached to this album.

Wrecking Ball is the first album without Clarence Clemons, a tragedy that struck the fanbase last June. The Big Man is featured on two songs though, the title track “Wrecking Ball” and a solo on “Land of Hope and Dreams.”

The album’s first single, “We Take Care of Our Own,” opens the album. It’s a pretty solid song, perfect for the first single and will get its fair share of play time this concert.

But it is by far not the best song on the album, which is laden with American folk songs throughout including “Shackled and Drawn” and one of the album’s best songs “Death to My Hometown.”

The album features Tom Morello on two songs, including one of the finest tracks Bruce has written in “Jack of All Trades.” It has shades of the music off “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” which Morello ironically covered with Rage Against the Machine as well as played with the E Street Band a few times in 2010.

The album also features two bonus songs, including “American Land” from the Pete Seeger Sessions.

It’s a half-assed, review, I know. But this is a great album. Listen for yourself. It may not be “Born to Run” or “Wild, Innocent…” but this is a damn good showing from The Boss. And in 2012, it’s a damn good showing compared to today’s garbage.

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One comment on “Album no. 12: “Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

  1. mattneric says:

    Cool project and great review – totally agree. Check out our review of “Wrecking Ball” if you like 🙂

    http://mattneric.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/bruce-springsteen-wrecking-ball/

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