Bruce Springsteen

Album Title: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Rock/Folk
A son of rock 'n' roll through and through, the New Jersey kid often simply referred to as "Bruce" is known to shift from acoustically-inclined albums ("Nebraska" and "Ghost of Tom Joad") as he is to let his guitar sing. But Springsteen a folkie is one label that wouldn't often enter the critical canon when describing his sound. That is until now and the musical masterpiece that is We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Here the songwriter puts his pen aside and devotes an album to the traditional songs of American folk pioneer Pete Seeger. Backed by a tight band of musicians, and recorded live over the course of three sessions at a rural farm, this dynamite disc shows the breadth of Springsteen's talent. Springsteen mined Seeger's catalogue to cull some long lost protest songs from the attics of the nation's song chest, bringing such classics as the fiddle tune "Old Dan Tucker" and the historical ballad of the murder of one of America's famous outlaws ("Jesse James") to life. Some songs, such as the antiwar ballad "Mrs. McGrath," - strongly associated with the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland, are as relevant today with lyrics such as "All foreign wars I do proclaim/ Live on blood and a mother's pain/as he used to be/Than the King of America/And his whole Navy!" Filled with lovely laments ("Shenandoah") and gorgeous gospel and spiritual numbers ("Jacob's Ladder") We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is an album they'll be talking about for years to come.

Writer: David McPherson

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