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We take care of our own, ya?

So Springsteen’s new single has been floating around for a couple of days but I made a conscious decision to not write about it until I had some more time to digest it. There are some things about it that I do like: the trashcan percussion, and…the intro? It’s a mish-mash of big themes and imagery that’s designed to get you going.  Take, for example: “From Chicago to New Orleans/From the muscle to the bone/From the shotgun shack to the Superdome.”  Feeling it yet?  This song isn’t that far removed from his more recent efforts; it’s direct-made for radio and sing-alongs that will seriously work for some people.  Rolling Stone’s David Fricke gave the song a four out of five, and the magazine gave his last album, Working On a Dream, a perfect score.

I don’t know what that’s all about.

2.5/5

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2 Responses to “We take care of our own, ya?”


  1. 1 James
    January 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    It’s an OK song. It’s almost like after years of people using “Born In The USA” as a patrotic anthem he tried to write one.

    Does it excite me as a single? No. Does it excite me for a new album? Hell yes!

  2. 2 Rudi Xeno
    January 22, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I think your observation that it was direct-made for the radio is right on the money. After going over the lyrics a few times I can say yeah I can feel them, but the melody is tired. It’s formulaic Springsteen and the Boss should be giving us more.


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