It 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.



High Hopes
Harry’s Place
American Skin (41 Shots)
Just Like Fire Would
Down in the Hole
Heaven’s Wall
Frankie Fell In Love
This Is Your Sword
Hunter of Invisible Game
The Ghost of Tom Joad
The Wall
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!


It 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.

High Hopes Harry’s Place American Skin (41 Shots) Just Like Fire Would Down in the Hole Heaven’s Wall Frankie Fell In Love This Is Your Sword Hunter of Invisible Game The Ghost of Tom Joad The Wall 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!