Album Review: Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Making you feel relaxed, energetic and emotional is what Bruce Springsteen does BEST and this is no exception in his seventeenth studio release ‘Wrecking Ball’ which does everything but disappoint. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Bruce Springsteen is, he is an American singer from Long Branch, New Jersey (also known as ‘The Boss’) who has been releasing music since 1969.Bruce has such a unique voice that he fits so well with all the rest of the instruments like guitars, bass, drums etc and you can definitely hear this in his seventeenth studio release.
The album starts off with the rather cheery ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’ with it’s melodic piano chords throughout the song, the progressive drum beat and of course, Bruce’s distinct voice that adds such a nice feel and mood to the song. The second track of the album begins with Bruce’s strong vocals, a great drum beat and good guitar riffs, I also love the use of the backing choir because it adds such a happy feeling to the song.
After the second track, there are another 11 cleverly constructed songs with ingenious lyrics that stick with you and have you singing along, be a fan or somebody who’s listening to ‘The Boss’ for the first time. The one thing Bruce does do really well is write songs with lyrics that are so simple but also brilliant, this is especially songs such as ‘Shackled And Drawn’, ‘Jack Of All Trades’, ‘The Depression’ and the self-titled ‘Wrecking Ball’.
The genre of ‘Wrecking Ball’ is mostly rock but also has strong folk roots flowing through each of the 13 tracks with the use of instruments such as accordions, banjo’s, trumpets, flutes, use of hand clapping and gospel choir’s with slow melodies that help carry the listener. Some tracks have a rock ‘n’ roll feel to them and then others have a slow mellowed feel to them which (in my opinion) is great because the listener isn’t just listening to the same style songs for the whole album, they have a different kind of sound to endure on each track.
I have more than one favourite track on this album, my first favourite track is the slow melodic ‘The Depression’ because the lyrics are so emotive and about depression and needing someone to get through that depression, I just think the song has a strong meaning to it. My second favourite song on the album is the self-titled ‘Wrecking Ball’ because of its progressive feel, superb vocals from Bruce and that spectacular saxophone solo from Clarence Clemons (R.I.P.) who never fails to amaze me with his amazing skills on the saxophone and the incredible sounds he so easily created with it.
I’m going to give Bruce (The Boss’s) seventeenth studio release ‘Wrecking Ball’ a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because every track is amazing and is written to perfection with superb use of instrumentation, beautiful vocals from Bruce and the gorgeous saxophone solos from Clarence Clemons. If you’re looking for some new music to listen to, I recommend you go out and pick this album up, whether it be the first time you’ve heard Bruce’s music before or if you’ve listened to any of his previous releases, this album is a real gift, so go out and treat yourself.