Bruce Springsteen Corner
Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:43 AM
The only place it could possibly have in the album Wrecking Ball is right where it is as opening track. The remaining songs form a sin to salvation song cycle that is tightly and intelligently constructed with bits of foreshadowing. My first impression was that no Bruce album had as much musical variety since David Sancious left the band after album two. You could look at "Own" as an overture to draw listeners in, but it does stand on its own out front. From there Bruce's protagonist has his lady put on her red dress and grabs his hat and gun looking for easy money. In the next song the singer is in prison at hard labor and sounds at home there, with a bit of third party preaching at the end giving us a hint of things to come. Now we meet a humble working man prepared to care for his own with sheer effort, but by the end of the song we learn that he too has thoughts of violence toward those who have contributed to his troubles.
Death to My Hometown rails at corporate greed to the tune of an irish jig. My Depression leans on the love of a woman to get the singer through the emotional difficulties that have followed from the economic ones. Then the title track finds the inner strength to stand up to the world and taunt it. In this context the amorous pursuit of the next song "You've Got it" also comes across as a regaining of strength. Then comes the keystone of the album, Bruce's purest statement of religious feeling ever, Rocky Ground. I'm not a churchgoer, but this tale of faith in the face of great challenges is both beautiful and inspiring. This can't help but contextualize the next song, "Land of Hope and Dreams" as a rousing gospel shout. Then Bruce joins three ghosts in a field for the finale, a gently sung celebration of eternal life.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:58 PM
I saw him in Austin, and it was such a rousing show that the songs almost didn't matter. Not being familiar with most of the new tunes, I preferred the old stuff, though. Will have to get the new album and give it some time, for sure.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:53 PM
I grew up in NJ and still live here. I could never understand what all the excitement was about.
I like to think I'm fairly open-minded about music and have a well-rounded appreciation for the most part, but I gotta say I don't understand Bruce at all. I've tried multiple albums over the years, but it's like fingernails on chalkboard to me. "Born To Run" especially, that song makes me want to stab my eardrums with a screwdriver.
But that's just me...if other people dig it, that's great.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:37 AM
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