Albums Of The Year So Far (pt.4): Featuring Cory Branan, Springsteen, GravelRoad, Howlin Rain and more…
3. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Shane MacGowan once said that he didn’t so much write songs as grab them out of the air. But you had to be quick – if you weren’t always on guard they’d drift past and into the hands of some fucker like Paul Simon. On Wrecking Ball, Shane was obviously asleep in a ditch somewhere – songs meant for him floated right past and landed at Springsteen’s feet instead.
On one hand it’s a shame – in the hands of another band, some of these songs would probably have been leaner and meaner (The Pogues would have replaced Springsteen’s cheesy big synths with accordions and fiddles; the Dropkick Murphys would have replaced the plodding drumbeats and over-cooked backing vocals of Death To My Hometown with sheer celtic fury), on the other hand, Springsteen has ended up with his finest clutch of songs for several years. Bitter, ballsy, defiant, clever and with choruses to kill for.
As “an album” it drops the ball: too long, too over-produced, ruined by the irritating Lightning Seeds pop of We Take Care Of Our Own and the cynical hip-hop-meets-folk cringefest that is Rocky Ground. But I make it five keepers: Easy Money, Shackled And Drawn, Jack Of All Trades, Death To My Home Town and Wrecking Ball.
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