Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bruce Springsteen's new album 'High Hopes' due in January

The Boss' 18th studio album, coming in 2014.

Bruce Springsteen's new album 'High Hopes' due in January

Bruce Springsteen has a new album coming out in January.
Bruce Springsteen has a new album coming out in January.

Bruce Springsteen will release his 18th studio album, High Hopes, on January 14th.

It will be his first with a title track he didn't write himself: "High Hopes" is a cover of a song written by Tim Scott and recorded in 1990 by the L.A. rock band The Havalinas. Springsteen first recorded the song, which you can watch and listen to a lyric video of below, in 1996. He re-recorded it earlier this year in Australia, while tourng Down Under with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, filling in for Steven Van Zandt who was off in Norway shooting his Netflix show, Lillyhammer.

The complete High Hopes track list includes a number of covers and songs that have long been in the Springsteen repertoire, including "American Skin (41 Shots)," which was inspired by the police shooting of immigrant Amadou Diallo in New York in 1999 (and which he performed in honor of Trayvon Martin in concerts this year) and "Dream Baby Dream," his cover of the No Wave band Suicide, which he closed out dates on the 2005 Devils & Dust tour. There's also a version of the title track to his 1995 album The Ghost of Tom Joad, presumably rocked out with Morello on guitar.

In a note published on his web site, Springsteen refers to the collection as "some of our best unreleased material of the last decade," and explains the provenance of his cover of The Saints' "Just Like Fire Would" and his own Vietnam veterans tribute "The Wall." Read that here.

The main significance of the album anouncement is it means that Springsteen & the E Street Band, who have ben touring since early 2012 behind the album Wrecking Ball, will stay on the road in 2014. Look for a tour announcement next.

Here's the High Hopes track list.  

1. High Hopes

2. Harry's Place

3. American Skin (41 Shots)

4. Just Like Fire Would

5. Down In The Hole

6. Heaven's Wall

7. Frankie Fell In Love

8. This Is Your Sword

9. Hunter Of Invisible Game

10. The Ghost of Tom Joad

11.The Wall

12. Dream Baby Dream

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