Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl + CD Album Copy

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Wrecking Ball is the seventeenth studio album by American musician, singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released in March 2012 by Columbia Records.

Wrecking Ball is the most despairing, confrontational and musically turbulent album Springsteen has ever made. He is angry and accusing in these songs, to the point of exhaustion, with grave reason.

The America here is a scorched earth: razed by profiteers, and suffering a shameful erosion in truly democratic values and national charity.

The surrender running through the chain-gang march and Springsteen's muddy-river growl in "Shackled And Drawn"; the double meaning loaded into the ballad "This Depression"; the reproach driving "We Take Care Of Our Own", a song so obviously about abandoned ideals and mutual blame that no candidate would dare touch it: This is darkness gone way past the edge of town, to the heart of the republic.

Springsteen has been here before, a lot. But the diminished dreams always came with light: a stubborn faith in American honour.

On Wrecking Ball, Springsteen throws nuance to the wind. "Death To My Hometown" is an obvious allusion to the battered nostalgia of 1984’s "My Hometown", but even the vacant storefronts in the latter song are gone now; the place has been flattened. It’s sung as a blunt indictment of cold greed and congressional impotence, and he delivers it like delicious revenge, with a robust Irish-wake rhythm and noble-warrior glaze.

Wrecking Ball was Springsteen's first album of new songs without the full, disciplined fire of his E Street Band since 2005's ‘Devils & Dust’, and his first, with the more pop-oriented co-producer, Ron Aniello. Springsteen gives a pair of prominent guitar solos to fellow traveler Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, including the high, warming cries that counter the heartsickness in "My Depression". But for the most part, Springsteen and Aniello are their own basic-track combo: working with loops lathered in thick, wet echo, playing many of the instruments themselves before laying on the strings, folk-jubilee accordion, pealing brass and choral voices.

The effect is a manic, compelling seesaw between intimacy and blowout, anguish and uplift, that echoes the emotional zigzags and hair-trigger temper in the songwriting.

The last three songs that close Wrecking Ball are simply remarkable, and lift the whole album. Ultimately it rises to the level of its musical ambition, jumping from genre-to-genre, sometimes within the song, with something in the earlier tracks that allows the listener to get a hold of the ideas and deliver the hope contained in the final songs even stronger.

Check out the tracks: “We Take Care Of Our Own”; “Rocky Ground” and “Death To My Hometown”. 

This double LP with printed inners and a CD album copy is pressed in the USA on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(886919425413)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

We Take Care Of Our Own

3:53

A2

Easy Money

3:36

A3

Shackled And Drawn

3:46

B1

Jack Of All Trades

5:59

B2

Death To My Hometown

3:28

B3

This Depression

4:07

C1

Wrecking Ball

5:49

C2

You’ve Got It

3:48

C3

Rocky Ground

4:40

D1

Land Of Hope And Dreams

6:58

D2

We Are Alive

5:36

 

 

 

Compact Disc

 

CD-1

We Take Care Of Our Own

3:53

CD-2

Easy Money

3:36

CD-3

Shackled And Drawn

3:46

CD-4

Jack Of All Trades

5:59

CD-5

Death To My Hometown

3:28

CD-6

This Depression

4:07

CD-7

Wrecking Ball

5:49

CD-8

You’ve Got It

3:48

CD-9

Rocky Ground

4:40

CD-10

Land Of Hope And Dreams

6:58

CD-11

We Are Alive

5:36

SKU 886919425413
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88691 94254 1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 06 March 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 06 March 2012
Barcode # 886919425413
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeves, CD Album Copy
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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