Rick Ross isn’t the only boss in town. OG Bruce Springsteen is back with an album your dad’s favorite rocker says is his angriest yet — but lead single “We Take Care Of Our Own” sounds less like a tantrum than a call for unity. “I been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone,” the Boss sings before pledging his own patriotic kindness: “We take care of our own/Wherever this flag is flown.” It’s a song about the way things should be, and like most Springsteen protest songs, it’s come right when we need it.
The track’s mammoth drums and woolly guitars are a fresh take on the E Street Band’s classic anthemic style — it sounds like Bruce’s been listening to Arcade Fire‘s Neon Bible, an album jam-packed with influence from Springsteen’s own Born To Run and beyond. With throwback releases such as The Seeger Sessions taking up the Boss’ time lately, it’s exciting to hear him turning his attentions to modern music as well as current politics. (We’ll get a Skrillex remix out of him yet!)
Springsteen’s album Wrecking Ball is due March 6. If it’s all as inspired and energetic as this, we’re going to occupy the hell out of it.
+ Listen to Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care Of Our Own.”