New Bruce Springsteen album ‘Wrecking Ball’ set for March 6 release

by Randy Lewis

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

20 January 2012


LOS ANGELES — When Bruce Springsteen hits the concert trail on a world tour in May, he’ll have a new album’s worth of material to draw from in “Wrecking Ball,” a collection of 11 songs to be released March 6.

Springsteen’s website runs down the titles from the New Jersey rocker’s 17th studio album, which was produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello. An expanded edition also will be available with two extra tracks as well as more photos and artwork.

The first single from the album is its lead-off track, “We Take Care of Our Own.” The announcement makes no mention of the E Street Band, but the single features the backing of a band, indicating “Wrecking Ball” is not a solo acoustic Springsteen effort.

“Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life,” said his manager, Jon Landau, who also is executive producer of the album, in a statement posted on Springsteen’s website. “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.’”

It will be Springsteen’s first recording, and tour, since the death last year of saxophonist Clarence “Big Man” Clemons, who died from complications from a massive stroke.

Springsteen’s tour with the E Street Band opens May 13 in Seville, Spain, and the first leg to be announced includes 31 shows in 26 European cities. More dates including the United States are still to be detailed.

Springsteen also will be a keynote speaker at this year’s South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin in March.

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

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