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Lenten Listen #14: Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball March 6, 2012

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Bruce Springsteen is one of those remarkable artists that transcends the medium of music and creates something far more important and meaningful, something that speaks to people young and old, rural and urban, across the American landscape in a way that few, if any others can. Though wealthy beyond the imaginations of most of us, he has kept his feet firmly planted in the world of the working class, telling their tales of hardship and toil with such strong conviction that you can tell he understands their plight.

His later career push, which began nearly 10 years ago with The Rising, continues with this, another worthy addition to the canon. This is an angry album, one that seethes with fury at the 1%, one that mourns the death of the American Dream, while still remaining hopeful of times to come, that perhaps we can create a better world. In doing so, he becomes a prophet of our time, preaching against the ruling powers and in favor of the common people. This is hopefulness is perhaps no more evident that in the old time gospel-esque “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” which ends with this refrain:

Big wheels roll through the fields
Where sunlight strams
Meet me in the land of hopes and dreams

This train
Carries saints and sinners
This train
Carries losers and winners
This train
Carries whores and gamblers
This train
Carries lost souls
This train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This train
Faith will be rewarded
This train
Hear the steel wheels singin’
This train
Bells of freedom ringin’
This train
Carries broken-hearted
This train
Thieves and sweet souls departed
This train
Carries fools and kings
This train
All aboard

The Boss is In January 19, 2012

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That’s right. Bruce Springsteen is back with a new album set to come out March 16. All is right with the world.

Enjoy this small preview of the greatness to come.

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