Oh, Come Take My Hand
Posted on March 6, 2012
Today marks the official worldwide release and availability of Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball”. Whilst many fans heard the album when it was leaked online 2 weeks ago, there is always an extraordinary sense of magic to be felt and experienced when the album which we have all so longed for finally hits the shelves. Whilst many say that “The Boss is Back”, we fans maintain that actually he never went away – although we can understand why this is currently the general consensus. In the eyes of the public, Bruce Springsteen is back in the spotlight – from the announcement last November of a new album and World Tour, to the surprise release of the hit single from the new album, “We Take Care Of Our Own”, to finally the release of “Wrecking Ball” itself, and, last Friday, a groundbreaking (and stage rocking!) performance by Bruce and the E Street Band on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show. Brucespringsteen.net has been revamped, and within a few weeks Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will again take to the stage of the world, and continue their solemn vow and promise to ROCK the house.
To say that these are exciting times would be an understatement. “Wrecking Ball” is one of the greatest records of our times, and arguably one of the best which Bruce has ever made. When the album was first leaked I wrote some initial impressions about it, which you can read here. I promised to write more about the album, and now that it has been released officially I shall. Like most fans I have fallen deeply, deeply in love with “Wrecking Ball”… Especially the poignantly beautiful “Jack Of All Trades”, which is sure to move even the most stubborn of music critics. The album’s songs offer a vast array of musical sound and depth, providing a similar diversity in its effect on people, although the tones which underpin this momentous album remain constant, with the exception of maybe one song.
As demonstrated on the Jimmy Fallon show last Friday, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are rocking as hard as ever; their rendition of the “E Street Shuffle” was as breathtaking and as it was beautifully nostalgic, yet also ‘current’, “Death To My Hometown” was as powerful sonically as it was in message, and “Jack Of All Trades”, with Tom Morello playing a poignantly simplistic guitar solo was stunning, its beauty matched only by its power and ability to move. What is clear also is that the E Street Band absolutely loves the new album. Watching the look on Stevie Van Zandt’s face as Bruce broke into the already famous line of “I’ll mow your lawn, clean the leaves out your drain” (echoing the struggles of people the world over to access even basic welfare), backed by piano and drums, you could tell that the E Street Band felt as intensely the truth of “Wrecking Ball” as Bruce himself does. This bodes well for the tour, as “Wrecking Ball” is an example of perfect timing – Bruce and the band are giving the world this album when we need it most.
When, on March the 18th (my 18th Birthday I hasten to add – good karma I hope!), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band take to the stage in Atlanta, the first of 53+ shows across Europe and America (and this is only the start…), they will celebrate the first night of many where together we will take part in the holy communion of the Church of Springsteen. FAITH will be REWARDED.
Could the “Wrecking Ball” world tour be the first attempts at fixing a broken world? Time will tell. In the mean time, it’s time to ROCK.
(Sadly due to copyright issues I cannot post the Fallon interview at present, but here is the E Street Band performing at this year’s GRAMMYs… Wow)
More to come on “Wrecking Ball” soon. Also, I hope that the new look of the blog is liked!