One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, "Shackled And Drawn" (2012)

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Today’s Wrecking Ball preview is “Shackled And Drawn,” stream provided by Rolling Stone magazine.

While the references to the have and the have-nots have so far been fairly elliptical (especially on “We Take Care Of Our Own”), this song draws up a much starker contrast with a man “trudging through the dark in a world gone wrong” and, more pointedly: “up on banker’s hill the party’s going strong/down here below we’re shackled and drawn.”

The music again employs a light-against-dark vision, with the story of the oppressed framed by an insistent beat, guitars, and a sing-song melody running through the ecstatic chorus. As the track ends, the music dissolves to the voice of a female preacher, closing it all out with “I want everybody to stand up and be counted tonight!”

Powerful stuff.

Next up: Jack Of All Trades

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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