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Format: CD
Sku: 260026800
UPC: 888430154629
UPC 14: 00888430154629
Release Date: 1/14/2014
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
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. Ghost of Tom Joad, The
11. Wall, The
12. Dream Baby Dream

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Bruce Springsteen.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, NYC; Berkley Street Studio, Santa Monica; East West Studios, LA; Electric Lady Studios, NYC; Record Plant, LA; Renegade Studio, NYC; Sear Sound, NYC; Southern Tracks, Atlanta; Stone Hill Studio, NJ; Studios 301, Byron Bay, Australia; Studios 301, Sydney, Australia; Thrill Hill Recording, NJ; Veritas Studio, LA; Very Loud House, LA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Muze PNote There isn't another Bruce Springsteen album like High Hopes. Cobbled together from covers -- of other songwriters along with the Boss himself ("American Skin [41 Shots]" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" are both revived) -- and outtakes from the last decade, High Hopes doesn't have the cohesion or gilded surfaces of Wrecking Ball, but neither is it quite a clearinghouse of leftovers. Inspired in part by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who has proven to be a brother in arms to Springsteen, as well as a substitute for Steven Van Zandt in the E-Street Band, High Hopes certainly bears the proud stamp of Morello, both in its workingman's politics and in its cinematic sound. Much of this record oscillates between the moody and militant, particularly in the politically charged numbers, which are often colored by percussive guitar squalls. Here, the RATM guitarist often resembles a Nils Lofgren stripped of blues or lyricism -- think of the gusts of noise on "Tunnel of Love" without any melodicism -- and that's a bracing change for Springsteen, who has shown interest in atmospherics but usually when they're coming from keyboards, not six strings. Such sociological talk suggests High Hopes is nothing but rallying cries and downhearted laments, but the fascinating thing about this unkempt collection is how these protest songs and workingman's anthems are surrounded by intimate tunes, ranging from a cover of the Saints' latter-day "Just Like Fire Would" to a strangely soothing interpretation of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream." Morello reportedly had as much to do with the inclusion of these covers as he did with the record's set pieces -- a stirring "The Ghost of Tom Joad," "American Skin" (which can't help but seem like a reference to the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin in this context), and "High Hopes," a Tim Scott McConnell song first recorded in the '90s -- and there's a certain sober passion that ties all these songs together but, in turn, it makes the rest of the record all the more compelling because the pieces simply don't fit. There's the rousing Gaelic rock of "This Is Your Sword," sounding a bit like a rejected closing credit theme for The Wire; "Down in the Hole," which rides the same train-track rhythm as "I'm on Fire;" the complicated waltz of "Hunter of Invisible Game," softer and stranger than much of the rest here; "Harry's Place," a bit of synthesized Sopranos noir that sounds much older than its ten years; and the absolutely glorious "Frankie Fell in Love," as open-hearted and romantic a song as Springsteen has ever written. Strictly speaking, these 12 songs don't cohere into a mood or narrative but after two decades of deliberate, purposeful albums, it's rather thrilling to hear Springsteen revel in a mess of contradictions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Ron Aniello; Bruce Springsteen

Engineer: Ross Petersen; Geoff Sanoff; Dave Schiffman; Rob Lebret; Kevin Mills; Nick DiDia; Toby Scott; Bob Clearmountain

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Tom Morello

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Songs Of Pete Seeger
Muze Music Compilations Movie Music-Definitive Perform
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas!
Muze Music Compilations Last Man Standing
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations Working On A Dream
Muze Music Compilations Sleepytime Tunes:bruce Springsteen Lu
Muze Music Compilations Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again [CD/DVD]
Muze Music Compilations List
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations Bridge School Concerts 25Th Ann Ed
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Muze Music Compilations Blow Your Pants Off
Muze Music Compilations Back In 20
Muze Music Compilations More Perfect Union
Muze Music Compilations 2013 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Now Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Muze Music Compilations Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne

Associated Artists and Works

On, Pickin'
Pickin' On
Section (The)
Live in Dublin [Digipak] ~ The Sessions Band
Live in Dublin ~ The Sessions Band
Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. [ ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/13/2014
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2014
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88843015462
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888430154629

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album is a portrait of the artist at the top of his 21st-century game: rock-soul dynamite and finely drawn pathos bound by familiar, urgent themes..."

Entertainment Weekly (pp.65-66)
- "Like most of his later work, HIGH HOPES believes in the human spirit but also the power of outrage." -- Grade: B

Billboard - "In a first for the artist, the record is a collection of cover songs previously performed live, originals never recorded in the studio and older songs dusted off and reanimated."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Pitched adroitly between thunderous melodrama and implication, 'American Skin' would have been a highpoint of Bruce record."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Springsteen,Bruce
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
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