Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball

This is another album review that’s a little late. Sorry about that.

The “Boss” has done it again. This is Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album and just like every other album, he continually proves to the world why he is “the boss.” Underscored with a very strong political statement, Bruce’s career and albums seem to be very focused and thematic based on current historical events in America’s history (i.e. Born in the USA, which came out in 1984, was centered around Reagan and the recession of the 80s).

“We Take Care Of Our Own” is a very nationalistic anthem of American hard work and ingenuity, while “We are Alive” is an acoustic testament of Jesus’ crucifixion. The album never lets up at all in between and seems to open itself up to comparisons to Born on the USA. Songs like “This Depression” and “Jack of All Trades” depict relationships that have been severely damaged due to economic issues and woes. “Easy Money” is a classic Springsteen ladies song, encouraging women to get your red dress on, but instead of living it up and enjoying life, she is encouraged to rob someone at gunpoint. These lyrical subjects can all be traced to issues in todays society, between economic turmoil and banking issues.

Another interesting thing about this record is the bells and whistles that help to decorate the album. With the late, great Clarence Clemons no longer providing those sex-sational sax solos, Bruce has had to kinda approach his overall sound in different ways, There’s a lot more string parts as well as violin solos in some of the ballads. Songs like “American Land” and “Death to My Hometown” have a real Irish feel and utilize a lot of fiddle solos and are songs that I bet Dave King of Flogging Molly wishes he had written. While there’s less sax work overall, the band more than makes up for it in maintaining a solid foundation throughout the record, as always and never linger or disappoint.

All in all, it’s a fantastic record and anyone who has loved Bruce should definitely add this record to your collection of Springsteen classics. I loved every second of this record and i know you will too. This just goes to show how Springsteen is someone who doesn’t let age get in his way at all and in fact he seems to laugh at it, harking up similar imagery and themes from 30 years ago.

Until next time,

Luke Helker


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