Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
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  • Summary: Produced with Ron Aniello, Springsteen’s 17th studio album was inspired by the impact of the financial crisis and is the last album with Clarence Clemons, who passed away in June 2011.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    100
    The most despairing, confrontational and musically turbulent album Bruce Springsteen has ever made.
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    90
    He's never sounded quite so bitter as he does on Wrecking Ball.
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    89
    Wrecking Ball spins Springsteen's most focused work since 2002's The Rising and most defiant and hooky since 1984's Born in the U.S.A.
  4. 75
    Springsteen's emerged with some good material for his new album.
  5. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    While accordions, fiddles, acoustic guitars, and human voices are prominent--befitting the songs' back porch country, folk, and blues vibe--canned clap tracks, woozy keyboards, and whirring sound effects sometimes sit uncomfortably alongside them.
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    60
    Wrecking Ball feels cumbersome and top heavy, Springsteen sacrificing impassioned rage in favor of explaining his intentions too clearly.
  7. 37
    As a post-Occupy album, it's less ripped-from-the-headlines and more cribbed-from-older-and-better-ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. MES
    Mar 7, 2012
    10
    I've followed Springsteen from many years and admittedly liked his earlier records more than his recent ones. Magic represented a return to form. Working on a Dream was one step back (Lead off with 'Outlaw Pete'? Really?). But he's taken two strong steps forward with Wrecking Ball. These are very substantial songs. Beautifully crafted. He's experimenting with some interesting new sounds and perhaps, as been suggested by others, borrowing from Arcade Fire who admit to having borrowed from him. Perhaps there's something to musical incest. Nonetheless, this album requires at least four listenings before its magic hits you like a, well, like a wrecking ball. Powerful stuff. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    A masterpiece! The aural equivalent of Walter Huston dancing a jig at the end of "The Treasure of Sierra Madre". Emboldened by and standing shoulder to shoulder with Sweet Souls Departed, Springsteen amalgamates American folk, Irish protest and gospel music with rock and roll to create a powerful inspiring sound that calls us to action. "Now get yourself a song to sing..sing it hard and sing it well" - he implores us to besiege the financial criminals that destroyed our economies in pursuit of 8 figure bonuses. He reminds us we are not alone, that the good men who compose the human legacy and God stand with us. Let's dance! Expand
  3. bjk
    Mar 8, 2012
    10
    Masterpiece. The critic review variance is huge. The negative review sounds like it was written by Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. Some of the mixed reviews sound like they are stuck in the past and just want the same old Bruce they fell in love with in 1975. This album has some beautiful nuances in the music. I keep discovering new ones everytime I listen to it. The lyrics are very angry and powerful. One Springsteen's best in a long time. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    This is the liveliest "solo" Springsteen album I have heard. Nice mixture of his recent "Seeger Sessions" influences mixed into his E Street sound. Reading the lyrics,once can see where the perception that this is an angry album comes from. I also think it is ultimately a hopeful one. Will be looking forward to seeing these songs being played by the E Street Band. They will be missing Tom Morello's masterfulplaying but I am confident Nils Lofgren and Bruce will fill in the gaps! I would rank this in his top 5, along with (in no order) Darkness, Tunnel of Love, Born to Run, and the Live LP! Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    The Boss is the nickname. Full name: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen. This is his 17th major studio album. Twenty Grammys, Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, and Oscars during his musical career and still counting. This album indirectly helped Barack Obama to have his presidential running for the second time. Obama should thank The Boss. Were you aware that The Democrat Party used one of his song as their theme song? Along with Fleetwood Mac Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    9
    A fan of Bruce for longer than I care to remember. Easily his best since The Rising (thought Magic was good, not a fan of Working On A Dream), but not near the genius of the Nebraska or Darkness albums. As mentioned elsewhere, the tone is angry, empathising with the travails of the working man in the ongoing difficult times. That empathy may seem somewhat hollow, coming from a millionaire rock star, but how many other serious musicians have vented their spleen with the same venom? Like the way the Seeger album sounds feature on a number of the tracks, complimenting rather than dominating. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    0
    Absolutley garbage, the same pointless drivel he's put out of the last 20 years. Bruce needs to come up with something orignal instead of rehashing and slapping a new title on the album.. Expand

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