A new Bruce Springsteen single is treated like an event because it’s presented as an event. Arriving hard on the heels of reports that Wrecking Ball will be the Boss’s “angriest” record, “We Take Care Of Our Own” doesn’t bristle upon its own rage yet it’s a rallying call, populist in its sentiment and vague enough in its chorus to court hazy misinterpretations. Some of that haziness is deliberate, particularly in how the chorus could be co-opted by those the Boss criticizes, a double-edge that pushed “Born in the USA” into the hearts of Reagan Democrats but “We Take Care Of Our Own” doesn’t quite belong to its moment despite Springsteen’s gingerly embrace of Occupy. Maybe it’s how he uses a synthesizer patch from 1984, maybe it’s the unwitting recycling of a Flock Of Seagulls hook, maybe it’s how it feels like the title was in place far in place of the rest of the song but the machinations driving “We Take Care Of Our Own” are all too apparent, something that hampers its impact but hearing Bruce work hard inspires a degree of admiration. He wasn’t exactly coasting with Working On A Dream but he seemed to tap every nutrient from his collaboration with Brendan O’Brien, so hearing the self-conscious thunder of the rhythms is galvanizing, just like how the absence of Clarence Clemons is affecting; there are wide open spaces he was meant to fill, left blank and wanting. Pieces are in place, shapes are apparent but the picture is hazy: he’s writing toward an ideal, wearing the crown of a protest singer too heavily. The times may warrant one but “We Take Care Of Our Own” suggests Springsteen would be better writing once again from his heart, not his mind.