Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen Has a "Wrecking Ball"
Bruce Springsteen, that extremely hunky man of the singing world is hitting the news with his 17th studio album - "Wrecking Ball". As usual, the lyrics "The Boss" writes has a message to deliver and as usual, he's damn angry about it!
Taken from the Springsteen website, these are the tracks of the new album:
- We Take care of Our Own
- Easy Money
- Shackled and Drawn
- Jack of All Trades
- Death to My Hometown
- This Depression
- Wrecking Ball
- You've Got It
- Rocky Ground
- Land of Hope and Dreams
- We Are Alive.
He will be touring with the E Street Band and you'll be able to see the tour dates on the same website. This time, his lyrics are telling all who are prepared to listen:
by Fiachra GibbonsWhat was done to my country was un-American.
I remember listening to a more subdued version of patriotic anger in my childhood, in the form of Bob Dylan and didn't Joan Baez also often lament the situation of America?
So although the music is fresh and new, it seems that America still has vocal artists angry about a dysfunctional American government and the situation that the ordinary person finds themselves in.
A champion of the middle and lower classes if you will.
by Andy GreenAlbum opener "We Take Care of Our Own" poses a question: Do Americans take care of their own? The songs that follow make the answer clear: The narrator of the slow waltz "Jack of All Trades" struggles to find work, while the anti-hero of the country-folk stomper "Easy Money" decides to imitate "all them fat cats" on Wall Street by turning to crime. The similarly uptempo "Shackled and Drawn," meanwhile, offers a political analysis worthy of Woody Guthrie: "Gambling man rolls the dice, workingman pays the bill/ It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill/ Up on banker’s hill, the party’s going strong Down here below we’re shackled and drawn."
Three of his most famous songs that I recall (often dancing till outrageous times in the morning, in my err ... youth,) are "Born in the USA", "Born to Run" and "Fire". All are about the difficult struggles so many ordinary Americans share in daily life.
More recently of course, there was "The Rising" album, a sad and angry collection of songs, dealing with the September 11th attack. The album immediately became a popular and critical success.
There are a couple of great videos to see on the Springsteen website. If 'The Boss' is your thing as he is mine - view them and treat yourself.
For the purists, Springsteen's real name is Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen and he was born September 23rd 1949, in New Jersey.
At 62 years of age, this man still holds 'hunk status' in my book.
"Wrecking Ball" is due to be released on Columbia - March 5th, 2012
The Chrysler Corporation offered him several million dollars to use his song "Born in the USA" for a car commercial - which he promptly turned down. This underscored his disdain and mistrust of big corporations, though not Chrysler specifically. To him, acceptance of the deal would have been too much like 'selling out'.
Ahhhh back to swooooooning ...
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