Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball': Track-By-Track Review

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
We Take Care Of Our Own (3:53)
Producers: Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen
Writer: Bruce Springsteen
Publisher: Bruce Springsteen/Jon Landau Management (ASCAP)
Columbia

An album title like "Wrecking Ball" certainly implies a little muscle, and Bruce Springsteen isn't pulling any punches on his first single from the set. "Where's the promise from sea to shining sea?" he asks amidst a richly orchestrated Wall of Sound built on echoing drums, a galloping melody and a rich keyboard blend that nods to the "Born to Run" era. This is Springsteen in his populist, wide-view mode, hitting on subjects like the economy and New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina ("There ain't no help, the cavalry stayed home," he sings), but mostly looking at a nation whose state is challenged but, as the title indicates, resilient. As a calling card for "Wrecking Ball," consider "We Take Care Of Our Own" a battle cry that's less about tearing things down and more about re-building the love, faith and hope that have always been central to Springsteen's message.

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