Take a moment to reflect upon and truly appreciate that we’re alive at the same time as Bruce Springsteen, one of the greats of popular music. After 40 years as a performer, the Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Presidential Medal of Honor winning artist is still actively creative rather than replying on the nostalgia market.
That’s why we’re on the verge of welcoming his nineteenth studio album in a month’s time. Most of it was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in New York and California. This roaming, national perspective is reflected in the song titles:
- Hitch Hikin’
- The Wayfarer
- Tucson Train
- Western Stars
- Sleepy Joe’s Café
- Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
- Chasin’ Wild Horses
- Somewhere North of Nashville
- There Goes My Miracle
- Hello Sunshine
- Moonlight Motel
Springsteen explained “this record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements.” To that end, it includes horns, strings, pedal steel and contributions from over 20 musicians.
We’ve being treated to a handful of singles before the album appears in June. Hello, Sunshine is a pedal steel infused shuffle about avoiding the dubious charms of blues and solitude: “You know I always liked that empty road/No place to be and miles to go/But miles to go is miles away/Hello sunshine, won’t you stay?”
There Goes My Miracle is quite a musical departure, with Springsteen crooning a plaintive songs of heartbreak over strings:
Western Stars is out on Columbia Records on June 14, 2019, and is available for pre-order now. We’ll share our track-by-track review as soon as possible!
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