The internet certainly didn't shut down for the Boss yesterday.
All day there was a barrage of news circling about the new single "We Take Care of Our Own" and the new album, Wrecking Ball. Twitter and the blogs devoted to Springsteen were on fire. By the end of the day via Blogness on the Edge of Town, you could listen to the entire song via YouTube and had the U.K. release date of the album.
Today Columbia Records will make some confirmations. According to the Springsteen website this morning the album's release date is March 6. Hopefully, the fans clamoring for the U.S. tour dates will not be waiting much longer. Springsteen will start the tour in Europe in May and continue through the end of July which means we should see him stateside in the late summer and throughout the fall.
Wrecking Ball is the 17th studio album from Springsteen and features 11 new songs. Lyrically he is back to discussing the issues of the working-class and the economic issues surrounding the 99% of Americans. A thread throughout his career, Springsteen is at his best when he's angrier and wants to comment on the current state of affairs.
The new album was produced by Ron Aniello (Jars of Clay, Lifehouse, Guster, Barenaked Ladies) with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau. However, it was his production of the 2007 Patti Scialfa album, Play It As It Lays, that brought Aniello to the Springsteen camp.
The new single takes a political stance that according to his long time manager Jon Landau runs throughout the new LP.
'Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative in 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.'
The lyrics of the new single are clearly a shot at the Bush administration and the lack of harmony shown by politicians over the last decade.
"Where are the eyes, the eyes with the will to see? Where are the hearts that run over with mercy? Where’s the love that has not forsaken me? Where’s the work that will set my hands,my soul free? Where’s the spirit that will reign, rain over me Where’s the promise from sea to shining sea…"
"We Take Care of Our Own" (with Lyrics)
Here’s the track list to Wrecking Ball. A special edition will include two bonus tracks and exclusive artwork and photography.
1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled and Drawn
4. Jack of All Trades
5. Death To My Hometown
6. This Depression
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Alive
12. Swallowed Up (Bonus track)
13. American Land (Bonus track)