Springsteen announces first album in five years
Thursday, April 25, 2019
– Bruce Springsteen will release his first studio album in five years, "Western Stars," in June.
The Boss said he drew inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late '60s and early '70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York. Columbia Records will release Springsteen's 19th studio album on June 14. 'Western Stars' will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 26.
"This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements," said Springsteen. "It's a jewel box of a record."
The 13 tracks of 'Western Stars' encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.
The song "Hello Sunshine" and a video will be released just after midnight eastern time tonight.
Ron Aniello produced with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa, Springsteen's wife and a member of the E Streeet Band, provided vocals and contributed vocal arrangements on four tracks. The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.
The track list is:
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
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