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Bruce Springsteen -- Western Stars -- June 14, 2019

Old 04-25-19, 07:27 AM
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Bruce Springsteen -- Western Stars -- June 14, 2019



Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in five years takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York. Columbia Records will release Springsteen’s 19th studio album on June 14. ‘Western Stars’ will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 26.

“This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements," says Springsteen. "It's a jewel box of a record."

The 13 tracks of ‘Western Stars’ encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.

The song "Hello Sunshine" and a video will be released just after midnight ET tonight.

Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks. The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.

‘Western Stars’ Song Titles
1. Hitch Hikin’
2. The Wayfarer
3. Tucson Train
4. Western Stars
5. Sleepy Joe’s Cafť
6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
7. Chasin’ Wild Horses
8. Sundown
9. Somewhere North of Nashville
10. Stones
11. There Goes My Miracle
12. Hello Sunshine
13. Moonlight Motel

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans over 40 years, beginning with 1973's ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ’ (Columbia Records). He has garnered 20 Grammys, won an Oscar and a Tony, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor, and was MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year. Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born to Run’ (Simon & Schuster) and its companion album ‘Chapter and Verse’ were released in September 2016, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016. His historic 236-show run of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre from October 2017 to December 2018 also yielded an accompanying soundtrack album and Netflix special.
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Can't wait!
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Agree sounds promising
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If you have SiriusXM they are already playing "Hello Sunshine" on E. Street Radio. Great song!
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If you have SiriusXM they are already playing "Hello Sunshine" on E. Street Radio. Great song!
Thanks. Just checked it out. A slower song to lead with. Not bad.

This tour, whenever announced, should be interesting.
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I liked Wrecking Ball quite a bit so Iíll grab this.
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Wrecking Ball was great, and all of his albums of the new millennium have been fairly solid, if often uninspired and heavy-going, as one would expect from an aging rocker. A return to the more freewheeling Springsteen of the early years is an interesting and welcome morsel of news.
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I didnít care much for Working on a Dream. Not really a bad album, but it doesnít have a lot of standout tracks to me. Actually one of my favorite albums of his is a post 2000 one though. I really like his 2006 album Magic. Just really solid all around if you ask me.
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^Eh, kinda boring. I have always hated his put-on drawl, which I find comes out in his lesser songs.

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I didn’t care much for Working on a Dream. Not really a bad album, but it doesn’t have a lot of standout tracks to me. Actually one of my favorite albums of his is a post 2000 one though. I really like his 2006 album Magic. Just really solid all around if you ask me.
Of his post-millennial albums, I thought Magic, Working on a Dream, and High Hopes were all of similarly good, but not outstanding quality, while Wrecking Ball and The Rising were both excellent. What's missing is a lightness and energy that his music had, including and prior to BitUSA. Of course, Nebraska (which I don't like at all) and DotEoT were both fairly dark, dour albums, and The River had a number of downbeat tracks. I prefer Springsteen when he's rocking with vigour and joy about girls and cars and drag races.
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I should buy The Rising again. My friend asked to borrow it to burn and never got it back to me. Thatís been years ago and I donít see him much anymore.

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Definitely one worth owning, I think, thanks to the high quality of the songs, though Brendan O'Brien's production is too ponderous.
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2 for 2 so far... Can't wait for the whole album.
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I like both tunes, and also can't wait to hear how they fit on the album.
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Re: Bruce Springsteen -- Western Stars -- June 14, 2019

I like that one better than the first.

There's something with the vocals though. Not bad and not artificial, but somehow different. I don't know if I would first guess that was Bruce Springsteen singing if I didn't already know.
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lol... beat me to post the video. Another great song.
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