Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball, A First Impression -
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball, A First Impression

by Paul Cashmere on February 22, 2012

in New Music,News

“I was raised out of steel here in the swamps of Jersey,” sings Bruce Springsteen in the open line of the title track of ‘Wrecking Ball’. The 17th Springsteen album (and first since the death of E Street Band co-founder Clarence Clemons) is on the way.

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

‘Wrecking Ball’ is a timely reminder of the times we are living in with Bruce reassuring us all in the title track that “hard times come and hard times go”.

This is an album custom-made for middle America, the people hit and hurt by Wall Street greed and those who suffered from the dirty deeds of others. His first message about a positive America is in the title of track one ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’.

This is a different sounding E Street Band album. ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’ is the closest thing to the sound of the past. After track one you will hear a mix of Celtic, country, roots and blues flavours. The lack of sax following the death of Clarence Clemons removes a signature sound we have been used to on E Street Band records since day one.

‘Easy Money’ and ‘Shackled and Drawn’ change gear from the rock sound of the opening track and reset the album for a roots feel. ‘Jack Of All Trades’ slows right back to allow us to focus on the lyrics and more Bruce positives “I’m a jack of all trades, we’ll be alright”.

‘Death To My Hometown’ is something different for the E Street Band with a Celtic, marching beat. ‘This Depression’ is a ballad, love-song for troubled times. Then Bruce gets bluesy with ‘You’ve Got It’.

What really stands out with ‘Wrecking Ball’ is the number of references to Jesus, God, shepherds, angels and flocks. The album is blatantly biblical.

On ‘Rocky Ground’ ‘Forty days and nights of rain have washed this land, Jesus said the money changers in this temple will not stand, Find your flock, get them to higher ground’. The song also features a rap from gospel singer Michelle Moore.

‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ was recorded in early 2011 before the death of Clarence Clemons. Springsteen wrote the song in the late 90s and first debuted it live on March 18, 1999 at a gig in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This track and the tile track ‘Wrecking Ball’ are the only two tracks on the album featuring Clarence. They are his final E Street Band recorded moments.

‘We Are Alive’, the song that ends the album, opens with the crackle of vinyl on a turntable. It has a country beat and prominent banjo. Again, something different for the E Street Band.

Bruce has not replaced Clarence’s sax sound on the songs recorded after his death. Stan Harrison, who played on ‘The Promise’ plays tenor sax on only ‘Jack Of All Trades’ and ‘You’ve Got It’. Other than that, the presence of Clarence Clemons is felt more from his lack of presence.

The album features Matt Chamberlain (Soundgarden) playing drums on ‘You’ve Got It’ and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) on guitar in ‘Jack of All Trades’ and ‘This Depression’.

About the album, Bruce’s manager John Landau said, “Bruce has dug as deep as he can to come up with his 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’”.

Sony will release ‘Wrecking Ball’ in Australia on March 9.

Bruce Springsteen official website


We Take Care Of Our Own
Easy Money
Shackled and Drawn
Jack of All Trades
Death to My Hometown
This Depression
Wrecking Ball
You’ve Got It
Rocky Ground
Land Of Hope and Dreams
We Are Alive




Related Posts

Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg at AAMI Park on Thursday 2 February 2017. Photo Ros O'Gorman
Bruce Springsteen Played A Benefit At The Stone Pony On Saturday

Bruce Springsteen returned to the legendary nightclub The Stone Pony on Saturday and played for two hours to benefit Boston College.

November 18, 2019
Bruce Springsteen Releases Hunter Valley, Brisbane and Auckland Live Tracks

Bruce Springsteen has released a live recording of ‘Radio Nowhere’ from his 2014 Hunter Valley performance in New South Wales, New York Serenade from Brisbane and Loose Ends from Auckland, all from the 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour.

November 15, 2019
James Blunt, Plenary Melbourne, Ros O'Gorman photography
James Blunt Covers Bruce Springsteen for Zoe Ball on BBC 2

James Blunt has performed a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’ for Zoe Ball on BBC 2.

October 27, 2019
Mental As Anything Concert
What Does Mental As Anything Have In Common With Bruce Springsteen?

Mental As Anything’s classic ‘Live It Up’ gets a run in the new movie ‘Blinded By The Light’, the story of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of Bruce Springsteen.

October 4, 2019
Bruce Springsteen, Rod Laver Arena, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, Photo
Bruce Springsteen Pops Up At Exhibit Opening In New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen surprised fans at the launch of his own exhibition in New Jersey over the weekend by making an appearance and performing.

October 1, 2019
Bruce Springsteen Turns 70

Bruce Springsteen was born on 23 September 1949. Today he is 70 years old.

September 23, 2019
Blinded By The Light to include Bruce Springsteen’s rejected Harry Potter song

The movie soundtrack to ‘Blinded by the Light’ will include previously unreleased Bruce Springsteen songs including the song ‘I’ll Stand By You Always’, offered for a Harry Potter movie but it was rejected.

July 9, 2019