Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2012 Ratings: #183 / 1032
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
2012 Ratings: #172
March 5, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

Message aside and from a purely musical standpoint, the new album is Springsteen’s most enjoyable and freshest-sounding in ages.

90
No Ripcord

There is plenty to love here; namely, the richest, most dynamic album to the legend’s name in decades.

83
A.V. Club

Wrecking Ball is a mainstream rock record because that’s what Bruce Springsteen does—even if, as a culture, we’ve come to regard centrism in our music with the same distrust we have for it in politics.

80
Consequence of Sound

Wrecking Ball displays Springsteen’s refusal to coast.

80
musicOMH

It's an impressive work from a genuine legend and as a response to our current situation, leaves us with a pertinent message: in Bruce we trust.

70
Drowned in Sound

As it is, I can’t help but feel Wrecking Ball fritters something of itself away via its unsteady musical palette.

70
Paste

If you really want to hear a great album about where the country stands at this very moment, you’d do worse than to revisit Born in the USA.

59
Pitchfork

Wrecking Ball guns for such sing-alongs-- its musical roots call back to Civil War snares, gospel howls, and chain-gang stomps-- but it fails to support them with ample life.

58
Beats Per Minute

Wrecking Ball is an album that will reinforce most everyone’s preexisting opinion of The Boss, whether they be good or bad.

Nightwing734
57
yeah i can't find a lot of appeal in this, by far my least favorite springsteen album up to this point
got some decent tracks on it tho
MinatoArisato
50
Springsteen hasn't changed much since his days in the 80's. Wrecking Ball feels like it's just sticking to the formula and doesn't offer anything special I can't find in his older albums.

Best Track: Land of Hope and Dreams
Worst Track: Shackled and Down
lucacdornelles
77
SONGS RANKED:
11. You've Got It
10. Easy Money
9. Shackled and Drawn
8. Wrecking Ball
7. We Are Alive
6. We Take Care of Our Own
5. Jack of All Trades
4. Death to My Hometown
3. Rocky Ground
2. This Depression
1. Land of Hope and Dreams
erik
NR
I came in like a....
CheapandLethal
10
Appalling
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Track List

  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)
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Added on: January 18, 2012