Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2012 Ratings: #146 / 944
Year End Rank: #41
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2012 Ratings: #213
March 5, 2012 / Release Date
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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.

CheapandLethal
10
Appalling
urbadave
58
It's scary that the exact same themes that Springsteen used in the 80s are still just as relevant today. SSDD, but in Springsteen's case, it's still common-man-blues-rock and it still resonates.
Z.Younk
67
After 2 years reviewing this album track by track, ive upped my original rating from 79 to 86. It holds up, and his live performances of the songs are 10x better
90
This album indirectly helped Barack Obama to have his presidential running for the second time. Obama should thank The Boss. Were you aware that The Democrat Party used one of his song as their theme song? Along with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”. “Wrecking Ball” soon to be a classic album following his previous “Born in The USA” and “Born To Run”. You don’t argue with me on this one. He’s The Boss.
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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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