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My fellow Ciao reviewer wrote ‘Everyone knows who Springsteen is….’. I would say any music lover who does not know Bruce Springsteen cannot be called a serious music connoisseur. One may not like his music or would like somebody else more in comparison to Bruce but no one serious about music shall be ignorant of the ‘Boss’ Springsteen.Springsteen, over the last 40 years with or without his famous E-band has been an event driven musician. Whether it is the take on American freedom with ‘Born in the USA’ or the gun culture in ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ his music has been about political statements.
With ‘Wrecking Ball’ he has indulged into the themes of frustration with the American Economy and the work culture. However, many shall question the motives of a millionaire rock star belting out high-pitched songs on poverty and hard work and dismiss it as plain hypocrisy. But it shall be grossly unfair to term him a hypocrite as he too knows a thing or two about poverty being bred in economically challenged circumstances in New Jersey and there no one can doubt his penchant for hard work if you see him perform on stage every night working feverishly and well into overtime.
In this politically charged atmosphere with the US Presidential elections looming large and the economy still floundering, this album reignites the political debates on the struggling economy, frustration of the poor and work scenario. Springsteen believes in the American dream and sees how that dream has been shattered due to bad politics – irresponsible governance, unethical business practices and uninhibited greed of the few. With America in despair, his music and lyrics seems so pertinent.
"We Take Care Of Our Own"He ponders “Where’s the promise, from sea to shining sea?” in the lead song “We Take Care Of Our Own” despairing at the loss of the ‘American dream of freedom’.
"Easy Money"Musically this is superb with its spry rendition. The choral arrangement is smart. Springsteen’s vocals add to charisma while the lyrics are so carefree – burning hellfire and guns galore.
"Shackled And Drawn"This is an anthem to the working class, "Stand back, son, and let a man work". He seems frustrated and helpless that the present day America just does not have space for an honest and hardworking American. Lot of energy goes into the vocals with plenty of shouts and anguishes. It carries a lot of high pitched beats and subtle timbres.
"Jack Of All Trades"This looks the most inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement where Springsteen spews anger and venom at the ‘1%’ – those bankers and power-brokers from the Wall Street, especially towards the end – "shoot the bastards on sight." The opening notes of the song is ballad like where the workers is willing to do any job that comes by though by the end he seems to pent his anger on those who he’d worked for. Excellent guitar piece.
"Death To My Hometown"It is an Irish-African experiment in sound and music. The Irish melody mixes very well with African beats to belt out a marching song.
"This Depression"As with the name, the song is also depressing. It does not have the same vigour as other pieces despite the guitar from Tom Morello.
"Wrecking Ball"This was made initially for the demolition of the New Jersey's Giants Stadium but in the present context it assumes huge significance. It is equally true with the hardworking 99% as was with the Giant’s stadium that their destiny looks doomed but the resoluteness of defiance goes on. Clemen’s saxophone is mesmerising. The album’s classic.
"You Got It"The odd one out in that it does not carry the venom of the others. A rather sweet melodious song.
"Rocky Ground"It is largely experimental. The rap is wholly out-of-place. The gospel like choir and captivating vocal redeem the song that fits well with the other pieces.
"Land Of Hope And Dreams"This is the piece from the 1990s which Springsteen’s fans ought to be familiar with. Again an anthem to America’s dream.
"We Are Alive"It contains a line from the classic "Ring Of Fire’’ by John Cash. The lyrics are very demonstrative and hopeful. An optimistic ending to the Springsteen’s anger and despair.
FINAL WORDIt has the Springsteen’s seal. The album is an anthem to economic woes and a salute to the hardworking man. It has the spirit of awakening.
FootnoteIt has 2 bonus tracks. The case is environment-friendly cardboard. There is also a booklet with the lyrics – very essential for an album like this which shall be remembered more for its lyrics then its music. And as well mentioned by my fellow Ciao reviewer the tribute to the late E Street band member is worth a read. It shows the mindset of Springsteen and you can appreciate his music better.
It is a steal at under £10.
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Release Date: 2012-03-05, Audio CD, Columbia
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