Sunday, January 19, 2014

CD Review: Bruce Springsteen Has "High Hopes" For His New Album

It is amazing to think that even Bruce Springsteen's outtakes or left-overs from other albums can be put together to make a truly exceptional album. His latest release "High Hopes" was released on January 14th and is headed straight to top spot on the album chart, being the first blockbuster release of 2014. The twelve songs that make up the album features past concert staples and cover songs that have held a special place in Bruce's heart and are now given new life with the help of guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine).

The album begins with the title song "High Hopes" which was left over from Springsteen's "Blood Brothers" EP. The song has a more aggressive feel then the original and is given a pulse by Morello's experimental guitar work. One of the more well-known songs on this album is "American Skin (41 Shots)" which was only released in a live setting on the "Live In New York City" album, but gets its studio debut on this album. The song does not stray far from the live version and still hits home with the amount of violence still present in the world. The song "Down In The Hole" sounds like "I'm On Fire" part 2, while "Frankie Fell In Love" sounds like it came from his "Tunnel Of Love" solo days. You find most of Bruce's passion in the last three songs as he remakes one of his most well-written songs "Ghost Of Tom Joad," stretching it to almost the eight-minute mark. The album's liner notes thoroughly explains the meaning behind "The Wall," which was written back in 1998 after his visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The album closes with one of two cover songs, "Dream Baby Dream" was originally performed by the protopunk band Suicide, but Bruce takes a hold of this song an makes it one of his own as he performs it with a passion that has lasted throughout his forty year career.

Bruce Springsteen will be hitting the road, performing in Australia and South Africa before performing at the 2014 Jazz Festival in New Orleans in May. Guitarist Tom Morello will be filling in for the absent Stevie Van Zandt on this tour, so look for many of these songs to be performed live, some for the first time. To find out more about the new album "High Hopes," please visit

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