Bruce Springsteen will release his 17th studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ on March 6th. The album will feature 13 new tracks, inlcuding the first single ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’, which you can hear below. The Boss is also close to announcing a U.S. Tour with the E Street Band, the band’s first without saxophonist Clarence Clemons after his death last summer.
Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau told Rolling Stone that the record is an ambitious “big-picture piece of work. It’s a rock record that combines elements of both Bruce’s classic sound and his Seeger Sessions experience, with new textures and styles.” According to Landau, the record has “social overtones” – although it was largely written before Occupy Wall Street began and doesn’t directly address the movement. The LP also has a “very pronounced spiritual dimension,” adds Landau. “It extends and deepens the vision that has animated all of Bruce’s work.” According to a source from The Hollywood Reporter, “[Bruce] gets into economic justice quite a bit. He feels it’s the angriest album he’s ever made.”
Music was played for Sony Records recently, and a source described the songs as having “unexpected textures – loops, electronic percussion… influences and rhythms from hip-hop to Irish folk rhythms.” The disc was produced by Ron Aniello, who has previously worked on albums by Candlebox, Jars of Clay and the last album by Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa.
The E Street Band will spend most of 2012 on the road, including spring and fall U.S. runs and a summer European tour. Dates haven’t been announced, but concert-business sources tell Rolling Stone the band has arenas booked starting in March, including an Austin show around Springsteen’s March 15th keynote address at the South by Southwest festival.
Here’s the first track released from the album:
‘We Take Care Of Our Own’
‘Wrecking Ball’ Track Listing:
1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled and Down
4. Jack of All Trades
5. Death to My Hometown
6. The Depression
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Live
12. Swallowed Up (iTunes Bonus Track)
13. American Land (iTunes Bonus Track)
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello appears on the new album from Bruce Springsteen. The record includes contributions from former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain, who has worked with producer Ron Aniello in the past.
Morello has joined Springsteen onstage at several of the Boss’ Southern California shows, starting back in April 2008 when he joined him at two gigs in Anaheim. Hopefully he’ll join Bruce and the E Street Band onstage again during the upcoming tour.