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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.
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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. Uncut
    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: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Oct 18, 2012
    10
    A strong effort from "The Boss". Great songs include We Take Care of Our Own, Shackled and Drawn, Jack of All Trades, Wrecking Ball, RockyA strong effort from "The Boss". Great songs include We Take Care of Our Own, Shackled and Drawn, Jack of All Trades, Wrecking Ball, Rocky Ground, Land of Hope and Dreams, and the bonus track American Land. The lyrics are great and a tribute to the 99%. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    In terms of sheer cohesiveness and intent, this album ranks high among Bruce's post-Tunnel of Love (1987) releases. He sings with such urgencyIn terms of sheer cohesiveness and intent, this album ranks high among Bruce's post-Tunnel of Love (1987) releases. He sings with such urgency and passion that it's nearly impossible not to get swept up in its cinematic beauty. As always, Mr. Springsteen connects with his listeners in a primordial, guttural fashion. An eclectic collection of songs, this record pushes Bruce outside his usual comfort zone with great results. Expand
  3. 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 toI'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
  4. 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,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
  5. JMU
    Mar 6, 2012
    8
    "Wrecking Ball" takes what's best from Bruce's recent output and parlays it into a powerful political broadside. This record boasts the edge,"Wrecking Ball" takes what's best from Bruce's recent output and parlays it into a powerful political broadside. This record boasts the edge, urgency and focus of "Magic," the eclectic sonic landscape of "Working on a Dream" (and then some), the rambling Americana vibe of the Seeger Sessions and, yes, the ambition of "The Rising." The result isn't a perfect record, but a damn good one whose high points match the best of his output over the last 10 years with the exception of "The Rising" and "My City of Ruins," two tracks that probably rank in his all-time top 20 or so. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2017
    6
    whY Springsteen WHY????????. Land Of Hopes And Dreams,We Take Care Of Our Own, and the title track "Wrecking Ball" are AMAZING songs.whY Springsteen WHY????????. Land Of Hopes And Dreams,We Take Care Of Our Own, and the title track "Wrecking Ball" are AMAZING songs.

    Almost make me think & believe that the full album is amazing, but rest of the songs is only great on lyrics, and awful & bad in melodies
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  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 ofAbsolutley 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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