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5 Mar 2012 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: Wrecking Ball
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  • Original Release Date: 2 Mar 2012
  • Release Date: 2 Mar 2012
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 51:26
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  • ASIN: B007CQHOAY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,477 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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147 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 4 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I think this is a really fine Springsteen album. Although I have been a fan for decades I don't think that every album is a classic, but I suspect that this may turn out to be one. The man certainly hasn't lost any of his ability to write a fine song, and there is a passion and often a rage running through Wrecking Ball which gives it real power. There is also a variety of material and styles here - country, gospel and even a little rap make an appearance - with some deeply introspective, almost Nebraska-style moments through to driving rockers like the title track, which I find makes the whole thing a riveting listen from beginning to end.

It is the rage which strikes you most forcibly. Springsteen has always had a passionate love of his country and of its ordinary, decent people. He now also has a raw despair and fury at those who cheat those people and twist his country away from what he thinks it should and could be. This is thunderously and uncompromisingly overt in several songs - for example Jack Of All Trades ("If I had me a gun I'd find the bastards and shoot `em on sight") and Death To My Hometown:
"...Send the robber barons straight to hell -
Greedy thieves who came around
And ate the flesh of everything they found
Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
Who walk the streets as free men now
And brought death to my hometown."

Powerful stuff, and a great song which is sung with a fury and blame very different from the sad, fatalistic acceptance of economic hardship in songs like The River and My Hometown in the 80s. There is more on this album than just rage, though.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Tramps like us VINE VOICE on 5 Mar 2012
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I was lucky enough to be at the Giants Stadium on September 30th 2009 when Bruce strode out and first performed "Wrecking Ball" and got the MP3 of it a short while later when it was released so to see it on the new album was a bit of a shock especially as the album includes "Land of hope and dreams" too as the live version of this has appeared on the "Live in NYC" album before. Is he having trouble writing songs I thought but then when I read that he rejected 40 odd songs to put this album together I guess that he's crafted this album to tell the story as he wants to tell it (and as "Land of hope and dreams" features the last recorded sax that The Big Man left us with it would be valuable for that if it weren't a great song anyway).
This is a very dark album and as close to a concept album as you'll ever get from Bruce Springsteen - he starts with "We take care of our own" which, if you listen to the lyrics, "we "being the USA patently do not although I can see it being a rabble rouser.
The album next deals with the subject of "Easy Money" - a theme obviously explored before in "Meeting across the river" on "Born to run".
He explores the themes of being a working class blue collar kind of guy who wants to find work - wherever it can be found - in the next two tracks - "Shackled and drawn" and "Jack of all trades" then comes the first of the real stand out tracks - "Death to my hometown" which sounds very much as though this was a hangover from the "Seeger Sessions" album.
"This depression" finds Bruce in, well, depressive mood as the song's title says - this is the album's "low" point as the songs from hereon in are hopeful starting with the folksy sounding "You've got it" - what is "it" though ? I think it's hope.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simon King on 21 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
Springsteen made a huge mistake on his last two albums, Magic and Working on a Dream, by having Brendan O'Brien as producer. O'Brien created an indistinct sound which muffled some fine instrumentation and vocals. The result was a disaster and fans noticed a huge difference when the songs on these albums were played live. Now O'Brien has been replaced by Ron Aniello, who has brought back the superb production values that characterised Springsteen's early albums. Let's hope the Boss has learned his lesson.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Bannister on 10 Mar 2012
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Just a great CD.
Been a fan for around 30 years and this collection of songs is one of the best. Compares favourably with recent fine work such as "Magic" and "The Rising". The production is better than "Magic" which sounds a little harsh in comparison.
Weakest track is the first single but that is by no means a bad song - just goes to show the standard here.
Initial favourites are "Jack of all Trades", "Death to My Hometown", "Rocky Ground", "LOHAD" and "We Are Alive"
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Wasilenski on 13 Mar 2012
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Bruce Springsteen has always been a lifetime favourite of mine. I met my second wife through our mutual adoration of "The Boss".Sadly she is not with us eternally and listening to Bruce gives me strength each day. I could not wait to receive this Album and did much research prior to its release in Europe. Yes there are a couple of Tracks there which have been revamped to fit in with the Album, American Lands, and Land Of Hope and Dreams, which I personally presume Bruce thought he just had to put here in tribute to his great friend Clarence "Bigman" Clemonds. I totally agree with most of the previous excellent five star reviews put here. There are touches of the old Bruce songs from previous Albums musically, but Bruce always has to put over his message to his loyal Fans by recording very powerful Ballads, and his Live Concerts prove that he has a massive following of all ages and we all love to hear him perform his style of MUSIC. I have EVERY ALBUM produced by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, I have my favourites,and am certain that "Wrecking Ball" will too become a Classic Album in time. Bruce should have run for the New Jersey Vote a few years ago when he was given that chance. He would have certainly made his points to the American Congress. Music worldwide is a very powerfull tool in politics.
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