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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
Single CD in card sleeve.
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 Rose on 2nd Jul 2019
This is not an album of singles . This is an album to be listened to as a unit ideally while driving a long journey alone . A natural follow on to his autobiography here Bruce shows us the drifter who likes drifting - who might have a steel pin in his leg but can still walk ,who is happy to be still literally filling his boots every day and be rode down easy to sundown. Similar to Nebraska but warmer and more nostalgic Bruce creates a complete Wild West world that you can enter,experience and reminisce over with him . Musically similar to Devils and Dust but more gentle and melodic. Favorite track - can’t pick one . Just listen to it all :)
Posted by Jo on 21st Jun 2019
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this release but suffice to say I've not been disappointed. I thought it was good on my 1st listening but it's grown and grown on me even more with every play since. The storytelling is great as is the orchestration. Haunting & evocative. Another classic
Thanks to Badlands too for all the hard work getting the album out to everyone on release day. Five stars to you too.
Posted by drabbs on 19th Jun 2019
Bruce can't really be said to be back, as he never went away. This album reminds me of Working on a Dream, Wrecking Ball and The Ghost of Tom Joad in it's compositions. Bruce wants the stories to tell themselves so he is not promoting himself on the cover, as he might normally.
As he approaches 70 the beauty of his musical poetry never fades.
Posted by Jenny Burrows on 17th Jun 2019
This new album by Bruce Springsteen is a unique and beautiful thing. He expands his repertoire once again to bring us new and thought provoking stories about life whilst at the same time making fantastic new music. If you haven’t bought it yet make it the next item on your shopping list.
Posted by email@example.com on 16th Jun 2019
This is Bruce we're talking here, with Badlands socks on.
Posted by Dan French on 16th Jun 2019
Bruce is back with a masterpiece. It's really connected with me emotionally, as I realised he wrote it in 2010 (confirmed by producer Ron Aniello) when he was the same age as me now - 61. Several reviews have been puzzled why Bruce didn't comment on the Trump administration in this album, but many in the media haven't picked up on its earlier genesis, which also predates 'Wrecking Ball'. Bruce has created a marvel, a collection that works better with every play, and almost hypnotically demands listening in full and in sequence. Check out the Thom Zimny video for the title track as a key which opens up the whole story - I loved all the music already, but seeing that visual turned the cinematic impression into the aural equivalent of an IMAX experience - and now I'm craving 12 more similar video clips to continue that effect with the other songs! The production is superb; the arrangements are sublime; and the rich vocals and sweeping music complement each other brilliantly. The lyrics are poignant, touching, world-weary, joyful and heartbreakingly human - an extraordinary achievement from a musician who has already given us more than anyone could fairly expect. After 40 years as a fan, I never cease to be stunned that Bruce is still writing the soundtrack to our lives, hearts and souls with such grace, power and relevance. There goes our miracle, indeed.
Posted by Robert ODonnell on 16th Jun 2019
Bruce at his best, just a fantastic song writer and performer he really is the boss , still going strong after all these years
Posted by Gary Hudson on 16th Jun 2019
Without the sticker on the shrink wrap, you can't tell this is a Bruce Springsteen album from the cover. The only words on the front are "Western Stars" above an action shot of a riderless horse against a cloudy blue sky in a desert and mountain landscape. We're clearly in cowboy territory.
Approach this album as a celebration of characters from the modern day mythology of the western USA and you won't go far wrong. It's a song cycle of life, love, hope and regret from a mature perspective, lavishly produced with sweeping orchestral strings - a cinematic soundtrack to its protagonists' lives, in fact, which is somehow fitting because that's how Springsteen's fans view his other work.
Just don't expect thundering drums and pumping rock anthems, or even post-Guthrie/early-Dylan acoustic songs, because this is unlike any other Bruce Springsteen project. That's why it wouldn't help to have his name of the front cover - that wouldn't tell you what's inside. Instead it's another compelling collection of thought-provoking songs from the defining songwriter of his generation.
Posted by terry lister on 16th Jun 2019
At first not sure, then listened again it got better and better. Vocals superb, his voice seems to have got better over the years!
Main thing to say is album format is still best, hope we never loose this way to listen to musict
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 16th Jun 2019
Fantastic album by Bruce. Great service, yet again from Badlands
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