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New Springsteen album ‘High Hopes’ gets official release date
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By Pete Chianca
Nov. 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.

High Hopes album cover artIt certainly doesn’t sound like a typical Bruce Springsteen album, but on the heels of officially announcing his new single, the Havalinas cover ”High Hopes” — out officially today, along with a downloadable version of his recently recorded studio take on “Dream Baby Dream” — comes word of High Hopes, his 18th studio album, due out Jan. 14 and now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Following several weeks of rumor and speculation, and more than one supposed “leaked” track list, here’s the track listing for Bruce’s latest release, an unusual mix of songs written years ago — studio versions of songs previously played live, or in some cases outtakes that have never seen the light of day – obscure covers, and some new originals.

  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. The Ghost of Tom Joad

  11. The Wall

  12. Dream Baby Dream

Judging from the already vociferous reaction in some quarters, there’s no shortage of fans upset, or at least concerned, about the apparent mish-moshy nature of the contents of High Hopes – once again Bruce seems cursed by his now-ancient reputation for laboring over an album until it’s a potential masterpiece. If a notoriously eclectic and prolific artist like Elvis Costello put out an album with this kind of mix, people wouldn’t bat an eye, and would probably be psyched to hear it. But Bruce Springsteen apparently isn’t allowed to put out quirky little albums without everyone getting all uptight about it. Harumph.
Anyway, it’s probably not a bad idea to listen to it before passing judgment. Check back here for news, previews and reviews as the release date approaches!

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