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Snap judgment: Bruce Springsteen’s new song ‘Easy Money’

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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.

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You can listen to it over at Backstreets.com

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-- Randall Roberts


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