If you feel like your rock & roll has been lacking inspiration lately, there’s a guy in New Jersey who can take care of that. (Sorry, it’s not you, still-alive Jon Bon Jovi.)
On March 6, Bruce Springsteen will release Wrecking Ball, his first album of new material since 2009′s Working On a Dream. It’s the Boss’ 17th studio release and the first since the death of E Street Band stalwart Clarence Clemons. A long tour through both the U.S. and Europe will follow the album’s release.
“Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life,” Springsteen’s longtime manager Jon Landau said in a statement released to the press this morning. “The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on Wrecking Ball.”
Fans can already start falling in love with the new album, as the first single “We Take Care of Our Own” is already online. Featuring a rugged backbeat, just the right amount of chiming, and slightly rawer production than we’re used to hearing from Jersey’s favorite son, it’s a pretty strong amalgam of classic Bruce and 21st-century Bruce. Give it a spin below:
Springsteen has become something of an indie-rock hero over the past decade or so. His sound has infused beloved releases by the Killers, Titus Andronicus, and the Hold Steady, and he has shared stages with the likes of Arcade Fire and fellow New Jersey natives the Gaslight Anthem.
It’s a little odd but not entirely surprising, as Bruce has done an exquisite job shifting his sound over the years while never really straying far from his rugged everyman roots — something many of the DIY set put on a pedestal.
What do you think of Springsteen’s new single? Sound off in the comments below.
Read more on EW.com:
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