Bruce Springsteen’s as-yet-untitled album reportedly to include loops, electronic drums and hip-hop rhythms

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A member of the Bruce Springsteen camp tells the Hollywood Reporter that the singer-songwriter is venturing into some unexpected areas on his as-yet-untitled new release — including loops, electronic percussion and influences as diverse as Irish folk and even hip hop.

All of that underscores an album composed as the Occupy movements were taking shape, giving the work a sharper edge: “He gets into economic justice quite a bit,” the source says. “He feels it’s the angriest album he’s ever made.”

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No release date has been announced for this new project, which is being helmed by Ron Aniello (Patti Scialfa, Jars of Clay), though Springsteen is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas on March 15 and select new dates for the E Street Band have already been set.

This will be his first project since 2010’s The Promise, a double-CD compilation of previously unreleased songs from Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions, and the initial album of new material since Working on a Dream in 2009. In the meantime, Springsteen and the E Street Band lost saxophonist Clarence Clemons to a stroke. Keyboardist Danny Federici passed in 2008.

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