With a career spanning over thirty years, it’s hard for a musician to keep their music interesting. Sometimes you have to step outside of you comfort zone. Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is an example of this.
This time leaving the E Street Band out of the studio, Springsteen gets to stretch his creative muscles. The album only features Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg and the late Clarence Clemons on a number of tracks but Springsteen isn’t healed back. While it isn’t an experimental album, most of the songs on the album use more simple beats similar to most modern pop music giving a different feel from his past work. He mixes these beats with a number of different sounds from violins to tin whistles; these instruments give the songs a traditional Springsteen feel. While the album follow a similar formula the tracks that stand out the most are “We Take Care of Our Own” with its almost Arcade Fire inspired sound, “Wrecking Ball” a song about not only Springsteen’s home of New Jersey but the New York Giants that played in his backyard and the fourth and sixth song on the album “Jack of All Trades” and “This Depression” featuring the guitar techniques of Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame. While this album is a bit of a departure from the norm, Springsteen shows that even without the band he can rock with the best of them.