*** WITH BADLANDS EXCLUSIVE A5 ART PRINT ***
1. Hitch Hikin’
2. The Wayfarer
3. Tucson Train
4. Western Stars
5. Sleepy Joe’s Café
6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
7. Chasin’ Wild Horses
9. Somewhere North of Nashville
11. There Goes My Miracle
12. Hello Sunshine
13. Moonlight Motel
Double album on coloured 150gm vinyl, in gatefold sleeve. Includes download code. Limited edition exclusive colour: Mixed colour vinyl with white and blue smokey swirls. Colour may vary from the image.
Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in five years, released on June 14th 2019.
The album, entitled WESTERN STARS, draws inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late 60’s & early 70’s. It is a return to his solo recordings featuring character driven songs and, in this instance, sweeping orchestral arrangements.
Produced by Ron Aniello, the musical arrangements include strings, horns & steel pedal with Springsteen on bass, keyboard and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals & contributes to vocal arrangements on four tracks. All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.
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Posted by Carl Jacobs on 19th Jun 2019
Many people have said and will say that one can never be a fan of Neil and Bruce simultaneously.
However, I am and have been since my early teen years.
Neil plays for his own muse and himself when on stage and likely on record.
Bruce appears to to record, yes for himself, but when on stage either with E Street or solo, for the fans.
Why do I ramble on?
Well both have released differing albums this month, Neil a retrospective live release and Bruce new material but of a surprising genre.
So to Bruce:
This is possibly what he could have recorded if he were around in the era of Glen or Willy or Burt perhaps, so could be construed as him in reflective mode and thinking of classic American Country or a celebration of that era. By the way Wichita Lineman is THE greatest song recorded EVER. Just listen to it and the words and sentiment.
Bruce has that knack of renewing himself like all great musicians and stars and doesn’t disappoint with his latest “solo” outing.
The songs evoke visions of the open prairie as symbolised by the front cover; a mustang frolicking having possibly just been let loose. Don’t spook the horse though... geddit.
The rear is Bruce as an American modern day ranger in fur lined jacket leaning on his ute suggesting a dude at ease with himself.
A couple of requests to the record company:
Please can the hype stickers be attached to the cover or be printed on the cover.
Also please can the CD disk be housed in a poly sleeve to prevent scratching due to exhaustive playing as this release will surely suffer from.
Posted by Stuart Marsh on 19th Jun 2019
My technique is to play twenty seconds or so of each song and repeat, usually in the car. I find there are a few “growers” on the album and Tucson Train and Stones are my top two but am sure these will get bested in due course. Great lyrics as always, the man’s a genius.
Posted by Tony Bishop on 18th Jun 2019
As a longtime Bruce fan, I’ve always respected the guy for sticking to his guns and stating “this is gonna be my next musical project”, yeah we all love seeing Bruce up on stage for 4 hours with the other E Streeter’s tearing through his back catalogue of albums , but as a musician the man has a lot more to offer than just that!....Western Stars” is right up there with the best them!.
Posted by William Hughes on 16th Jun 2019
This is another terrific Bruce LP, on rather fetching Blue Vinyl. Some real growers on here, particularly the title track. Shame he isn't touring this as this his thoroughly recommended
Posted by PATRICK HARRIS on 16th Jun 2019
Bruce does it yet again ! Fantastic new album, ALL tracks are different style but still hold the Bruce magic. Midnight Motel is great as is The Wayfarer....cant stop listening to them all. 12'' Vinyl is also V good product - back to the old school of listening to music the proper way! Thanks Badlands / Bruce.....Tour soon !!??
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 16th Jun 2019
I approached with caution, and wasn’t overly optimistic having heard the tracks released in advance of the album, which seemed merely “okay” as stand alone tracks, and well beneath what Bruce is capable of delivering at the height of his powers.
I also hadn’t read any other reviews, as I don’t want my first listens tainted.
There’s lovely clarity on the vocals which sit on top of the songs, with lyrics that draw you in further, and whilst it has the sound of open skies for miles, thankfully it has none of the over-produced within an inch of it’s life sound of say Working On a Dream (thanks to Brendan O’Brien not being involved I guess).
The album, like a good film, should not be taken in bite-size chunks, but taken in from start to finish.
It’s not going to trouble my top 3 of Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, and Tunnel Of Love, but then it doesn’t pretend to want to either.
For me it’s comfortably one of his Top 10 albums, but what is unique is that it stands on its own in terms of sound, and the way the message is delivered.
The subject matter of some of the songs is not something to be taken lightly, but Bruce delivers them in a way that I personally find really uplifting.
Each to their own though.
My views on the gospel of Bruce are no secret, but I’m no sycophant either.
If its not very good - I’d say that (I’m looking at you U2/ Songs of Experience).
Give it a listen - I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Thanks Bruce - personally, it’s just what I needed.
Posted by Tim on 16th Jun 2019
Superb album with a great sound. Feels like a grower of an album in that with every listen it improves. And the limited edition vinyl is really rather nice indeed.
Posted by John F Kennedy on 16th Jun 2019
Excellent album from start to finish.
Posted by Unknown on 16th Jun 2019
. Just a Fantisic Album hasn't been off my turntable All weekend. Gets Better after each play. Clarence and Danny would have Been proud of Bruce for this one. The sentence hairs stood up on the back of my neck is easily used these days But it is true for this Album. Also great service from badlands getting everything delivered on time. Have to go now has my Baby is coming in tuson Train
Posted by Sam on 16th Jun 2019
An excellent return to form, very interested to see what comes next.
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