17 studio albums in and Bruce Springsteen is no longer proving to the globe that he is a world-class musician. He is instead simply cementing his place among the greatest rock stars on Earth. Although it is clear that Wrecking Ball is unlikely to spawn hits of a similar grandeur as his earlier albums like Born in the U.S.A., all songs on the album are distinctly Springsteen. Opener We Take Care of Our Own features classic guitar chords and a sing-along chorus, with a repetitive beat that really makes you want to move your feet. The pace of the album does not slow down though, Springsteen rattling off a series of potential singles. Half way through the album, title track Wrecking Ball lulls you into a false sense of security, beginning with a slow Southern ballad, before Springsteen unleashes his full talent and transforms an acoustic tune into a truly epic, stadium-destroying anthem. Finally, the album finishes on a metaphorical high note with American Land, likely to leave you wanting even more. Wrecking Ball is, essentially, just proof that ‘The Boss’ really can be deemed one of America’s greatest ever rock stars whose legacy, it seems, is endless.
Star Rating: *****
Next week: Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka