The new single “We Take Care of Our Own” off of Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is a great Grammy performance. My favorite on this is “Shackled and Drawn”, which not only has a interesting Celtic feel, but a party hangover atmosphere to it. It would be impossible for most to accomplish this, but Bruce and his working man mentality pull it off, with aplomb. If the rumblings of this being dark put you off, they are mistaken. This is Bruce being real and being at the top of his game. He is not ‘The Boss’ for nothing.
“Easy Money” is an acoustic song with a funky beat, featuring a Celtic pub bar feel that is stellar. “Jack of All Trades” is a classic “do what needs to be done” song. There is no fooling yourself lyrically going on here. “Death to My Hometown” has a sing along Celtic sound with some killer background vocals. “This Depression” is not depressing at all, but addresses needing a human touch to get through the hard times.”Wrecking Ball” has a “we will survive through the hard times” feel to it big time. This has a sing along sound and some horn ambience. “You’ve Got it” starts out acoustic to become a very solid uplifting rocker about relationships. “Rocky Ground” is a Gospel/Rock song celebrating getting through life.
“Land of Hope and Dreams” has a very inspiring Gospel/Celtic/Rock sound. It is impossible to compare this epic song to anything else, as it is unique. “We Are Alive” is an uplifting song. It starts out acoustic and becomes another nice rocker, featuring an interesting Latin horn sound. Five Stars. Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio release is a classic with no song that does not shine. This should and will wow the Grammy voters. Bruce, I will gladly take a press pass to see your show. When you come near Kansas, I will be there. Can I bring a guest?
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