Monday, January 16, 2012

Occupy E Street

Another week and no official announcement about Springsteen's new album. The only news we got, from the Hollywood Reporter, a fairly reliable source, is that the upcoming album is described as his angriest yet.

“He gets into economic justice quite a bit,” says an earwitness who’s heard some of the music. “It’s very rock ’n’ roll. He feels it's the angriest album he's ever made. Bear in mind, though, that [Springsteen] wrote and recorded the majority of the album before the Occupy movements started, so he's not just setting headlines to music.”

Produced by Ron Aniello (Patti Scialfa, Jars of Clay), the album, which was recently played for label execs, is described as veering into “unexpected textures -- loops, electronic percussion … an amazing sweep of influences and rhythms, from hip-hop to Irish folk rhythms.” The still-untitled effort is said to be “terrific.”

And history has proven that Bruce is at his best when he's pissed off. Also I'm really fascinated by the part about 'unexpected textures'. In other rumors, the album is said to be released March 5 and 6. If this is correct, then the press release should come by this week, along with the first string of U.S. tour dates, running from March to May.

Finally, over the weekend, Bruce dropped by the annual Light Of Day benefit show at Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre, and jammed with New Jersey rock & roll royalty for two hours. CLICK HERE for the full report and videos. From the looks of it, the man's definitely ready to do some killing on the road!

UPDATE: Jon Landau has something to say about the new album. CLICK HERE...