Each day this week, a different website will debut one of the remaining songs off Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball. You can check back here each day for our three-sentence impression of each song, culminating with the full review of the album. Here’s today’s:
“Wrecking Ball” (streaming at mashable.com, of all places )
When Springsteen introduced “Wrecking Ball” in concert in 2009, it was hard not to think of it as much more than a novelty song about the Meadowlands — and it’s almost as hard with the studio version; it’s basically the same, right down to the homer-iffic shout-out to the Giants.
Still, with its blasting trumpet and driving percussion it provides a blast of rock energy right where the album needs it, and when it quiets down at the 3-minute mark its theme of resilience really starts to seep in, more so than it did in concert. In the context of the difficulties chronicled elsewhere on Wrecking Ball, Springsteen’s insistence that “hard times come and hard times go, just to come again” becomes, more than ever, a worthy musical challenge to stand up to the forces that grind us down.
What did you think of the track? Leave your impressions in the comments. Tomorrow’s song is “You’ve Got It” — check back later today for the stream location.