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.