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  • LP Record (March 6 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B006ZCWTZG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Double vinyl LP pressing includes bonus CD edition. 2012 release, the 17th studio album from the singer, songwriter and Rock icon. 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."


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Bruce Springsteen is angry. Angry about the way his country is going and angry that the rich keep getting richer at the expense of everybody else. Well, maybe he should get angry more often because it's pushed him into writing his best music in quite some time.

This is NOT an E Street Band album although some of them help out on a few tracks. Auxiliary members Soozie Tyrell and Charlie Giordano are all over the place and Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg show up on a few cuts each. Bruce recorded most of the album with his new producer Ron Aniello and then had various musicians add their parts later. Nothing new there as that's the way he recorded '"Tunnel of Love"'.

He brought along some of the elements used on '"We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"' such as a large horn section and Celtic rhythms but he also uses choirs, loops and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on guitar. Loops are nothing new, either, as he used one as a backing track to '"Streets of Philadelphia"'.

The first half of the album refers to the state that the U.S. has found itself in and about the rising tide of anger being felt throughout the country as symbolized by the Occupy Movement. Several songs mention the '"fat cats'" and how they're making all the money and the rest of the country is paying for it.

"'Gambling man rolls the dice, workingman pays the bill,
It's still fat and easy up on bankers'' hill
Up on banker's' hill, the party''s going strong
Down here below we're shackled and drawn.'"

In "'Death To My Hometown"' (an update of "'My Hometown"' from "'Born in the U.S.A.
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Reaction to WRECKING BALL will doubtless be coloured by the listener's preconceived notions of what a "Bruce Springsteen record" should sound like. Advance word on Springsteen's 17th studio album was that it was an "angry rock record," but "a collection of angry Celtic folk songs" would be a more apt description of what was actually delivered. While I may not share Bruce's passion for raucous Irish pub songs, I can still appreciate the quality of the work, which, with one or two exceptions, is fairly high. Of the new compositions, I find the bluesy, slowly smoldering "You've Got It" to be the track I'm most drawn to; a throwback to the classic Springsteen sound of "Fire," it's easily the most straight ahead rock song to be found here, which is why it feels so out of place amidst the surrounding material. This is an album full of anthems ("Shackled and Drawn," "Death to My Hometown," the would-be hit "We Take Care of Our Own," which, following a truly exciting opening, falls strangely flat), but again, with the exception of the leadoff track, these are Celtic-sounding protest anthems, not rock anthems, and it falls to the listener to embrace the record for what it is or reject it for what it isn't. At the very least, there's no "Queen of the Supermarket" working against its favour...
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I will make this short. I have been a fan of Bruce since mid 70's. Yes, this may sound he is depressed, but the content has some truth to it. Bruce is a patriotic guy, and loves his country.
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This is a great Springsteen album - has the feeling of classic 70's Springsteen. Working class, salt of the earth Springsteen. Great addition to our collection
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Springsteen has probably listened to a lot of BLACK 47. A couple of these songs would have fit easily on the B47 albums of the early 90s (Fire of freedom and Home of the brave as an example). That said, BS has made a great album this time around and it's about time. Captain America (I should say Captain North America) is back on the track and on the rack, Jack. If you like those Celtic influence and like your political point of view with more teeth, go for BLACK 47.
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It is a great album, hard to say anything bad about old Bruce..working man songs, great backup vocals
And band
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