Bruce Springsteen announces new album High Hopes, then dashes a few of those hopes by featuring Tom Morello on eight tracks

Bruce Springsteen announces new album High Hopes, then dashes a few of those hopes by featuring Tom Morello on eight tracks

Yeah, oh well, huh?

It seems the Boss is comin’ ‘round the mountain again, following 2012’s non-terrible Wrecking Ball (TMT Review). It’s basically a less-than-new-but-kinda-sorta album of rarities called High Hopes, which Bruce himself describes in the record’s liner notes as a bit of a hodge-podge of “some of [the E Street Band’s] best unreleased material from the past decade.”

So yeah, speaking of wrecking balls, the album apparently features SEVERAL collaborations with Tom Morello. You know, from Rage Against the Machine? On the plus side, Morello is mostly on guitar (for reference, you can hear him ripping away on the title track “High Hopes” embedded down below, which was written by Tim Scott McConnell of The Havalinas and was originally released on the kinda random Blood Brothers EP back in the sunny 90s), except on a… (shudder)… remake of the song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” from 1995, on which he adds some of his golden voice to the proceedings.

Also on the plus side, though, Clarence Clemons also appears on several tracks! High hopes, indeed! Either way, the whole affair gets cranked out on January 14 via Columbia Records, whom I’m sure is just praying to God that the thing manages keeps their business afloat for another couple of months. Again: High hopes!

High Hopes tracklisting:

01. High Hopes [ft. Tom Morello]
02. Harry’s Place [ft. Tom Morello]
03. American Skin (41 Shots) [ft. Tom Morello]
04. Just Like Fire Would [ft. Tom Morello]
05. Down in the Hole
06. Heaven’s Wall [ft. Tom Morello]
07. Frankie Fell in Love
08. This Is Your Sword
09. Hunter of Invisible Game [ft. Tom Morello]
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad [ft. Tom Morello]
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream [ft. Tom Morello]

• Bruce Springsteen: http://www.brucespringsteen.net
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

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