Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wrecking Ball is Here!

Bruce Springsteen's latest album "Wrecking Ball" came out yesterday.  For the past week I've been looking all over for the best articles about this album.  The Rolling Stone Review is without a doubt the best review I read.  It's not because they gave it a favorable review but because it looks at this album and analyzes it for what it is, not what it's not.  It's a beautifully written work of music journalism that Wrecking Ball deserves.

One of the things that the review mentions is the connection to political issues.  Politico has a fascinating article that address Springsteen's politics in his music from a Republican viewpoint.  Bruce Springsteen's lyrics give GOPers reason to believe is a great article that discusses the power of his music and why people shouldn't be turned off of it just because Bruce has left-leaning views.  One of my closest friends who is a Republican and a huge Springsteen fan said it best, "Springsteen doesn't sing about politics, he sings about reality."

There's no better example of this than "Jack Of All Trades," which Bruce performed on the Jimmy Fallon show.  This achingly beautiful ballad is one of Bruce's finest and one of the many highlights from "Wrecking Ball."  

If you have any interest in Wrecking Ball, buy it.  Don't just download a song or two off of it, buy the whole album.  This is not just a collection of songs, it's an expression of the soul of America.

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