Out of the darkness of our SOPA blackout comes a ray of light. This morning, the long-awaited news of Bruce Springsteen’s new album was made official. Wrecking Ball, to be released on March 6, is Springsteen’s first album since 2009’s Working On A Dream, and features 11 songs. Wrecking Ball was produced by Ron Aniello, who has worked with, among others, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, and Mrs. Springsteen herself, Patti Scialfa. There is still no official word on the dates for a US tour.

The album is said to reflect the same spirit that was found in last year’s Occupy Wall Street movement. According to Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau, “Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. 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.'”

The lead track, “We Take Care Of Our Own,” was released this morning as a single. Similar to 2007’s “Long Walk Home,” it lays out America’s core values, with a bridge that questions how much recent events have strayed from the path.

Where are the eyes, the eyes with the will to see?
Where are the hearts, that run over with mercy?
Where’s the love that has not forsaken me?
Where’s the work that set my hands, my soul free?
Where’s the spirit that’ll reign, reign over me?
Where’s the promise, from sea to shining sea?

I’m expecting this song to be blasting out of every Obama rally during this year.

Track Listing:

  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

For those who care, a special edition will contain two bonus tracks, “Swallowed Up” and “American Land.” You can pre-order Wrecking Ball on iTunes and Amazon.


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