Snap judgment: Bruce Springsteen's new song 'Easy Money'
Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming album, "Wrecking Ball," has a busy few weeks of marketing ahead; over the next 10 days, Springsteen will be premiering a new song a day from it as a way to build the proverbial buzz leading up to its March 6 release date.
The Boss first advanced the album with the single "We Take Care of Our Own," a tightrope-walking song about America that revealed Springsteen's gift for crafting lyrics just nebulous enough to avoid taking political sides while still feeling like a protest. The work week begins with "Easy Money."
Like "We Take Care of Our Own," "Easy Money" is a rocker with a big beat and a bigger boom, with a pound suggestive of a Tom Waits brawler and a raucous hand clap vibe suggestive of "Cadillac Ranch." Except that it's neither: It's a Bruce song through-and-through but somehow manages to sound fresh, with a folkish fiddle tying it together and a back beat that will no doubt translate well in the live setting.
"Easy Money" is, hands down, a better Bruce cut than "We Take Care of Own" -- though feel free to disagree in the comments below. Combined, the two songs suggest that Springsteen's returning to the anthemic rock music that first made him a household name.
You can listen to it over at Backstreets.com
-- Randall Roberts
Photo: Bruce Springsteen. Credit: Jo Lopez