Review of High Hopes album

My review of the new Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello album “High Hopes”

I wanted to make this review when I hold the CD in my hand, but Bruce Springsteen & Co decided to make full album “stream” available. Maybe because the album leaked way too early?

I have already used the album cover too many times, so let’s use this picture instead:
bruce sprinsteen and tom morello

1. High Hopes

Is there a Bruce fan that doesn’t know this tracks previously? For some reason Bruce decided to re-record this cover track, and also use it as the album title. This new version is filled with samples and Tom Morello’s guitar effects. Hard to say which one is better, the new or the old version. There’s room for both, but starting the new album with a cover song is not a good idea.

2. Harry’s Place featuring Tom Morello

This is where it gets interesting. Bruce sounds almost like Chris Rea on this track. Human Touch/Lucky town era meets ZZ Top from the 80’s (although I’d prefer Billy Gibbons guitar playing over Morello’s). Then there’s Clarence Clemon’s sax solo mixed in. They clearly fixed the vocal part in 2:40. They had no idea how to end this song. Tom added some heavy guitar shredding instead.

3. American Skin (41 Shots) featuring Tom Morello

The Boss really loves the cheap radio vocal effects. This is a song that builds up. Once again they just can’t stop playing. There’s just too much stuff filled in, and the song is about 3 minutes too long.  Old material meets new, and it just doesn’t sound right. First two tracks had much fuller sound, and this new version just doesn’t fit in, and sadly rest of the album follows the same route.

4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey) featuring Tom Morello

This was clearly meant to be a bonus track on the Wrecking Ball “Australian Tour” edition. Totally forgettable cover version. Another song that is about minute too long.

5. Down In The Hole

I’m On Fire anyone? Start of the song reminds me of the countin’ on a miracle (acoustic version). Filled with samples, loops, and stuff. I’m sure there is a good song hiding there somewhere. I just can’t hear it.

6. Heaven’s Wall featuring Tom Morello

Gospel track that is way too long. Tom Morello goes crazy with his effect arsenal, and Ron Aniello has no backbone to tell them to stop this madness. At the end this is a totally different track.

7. Frankie Fell In Love

This is an outtake from the Tracks box (Bruce doesn’t record under 3 minute tracks these days). There’s a great song buried under all that noise. I wonder how this sounded back in the 70’s with just the core E Street Band members. There’s something like 30 members today (and half of them play guitar).

8. This Is Your Sword

Bruce goes Irish autopilot mode. This was meant to be over 3 minute track, but the Morello mix got lost in an Irish pub.

9. Hunter Of Invisible Game featuring Tom Morello

Bruce goes Bob Dylan. You can barely hear the lyrics. Another minute long outro with no reason.

10. The Ghost of Tom Joad duet with Tom Morello

Where’s the powerful singing by Bruce, suddenly winner of the Bruce Springsteen imitation contest starts singing…Oh, wait…It’s Tom again. Whole song lacks the power that the live rendition has. BTW What’s with the vocal part in 1:16? I don’t have the liner notes, but I’m pretty sure that is an old arcade game that kicks in at the 6:06 mark. When this ends…

11. The Wall

Finally a song that has room to breath. Great lyrics. Long fade out. Surely could have saved this to an acoustic album.

12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) – featuring Tom Morello

Dream Baby Dream repeated about 382 times, and then the song and the album ends.

 

Conclusion:

High Hopes album is recorded in so many studios that all the tracks have totally different sound (vocals particularly). I’d call this a compilation album or the lost Tracks CD 5. Some samples, vocal patching and editing has been done really poorly. Tom Morelly adds pretty much nothing to the whole thing (don’t get me wrong, I like Rage Against the Machine, but this isn’t RATM album). It’s good that the Bruce & Co a offered a full stream of the High Hopes album. I cancelled my pre-order and saved money for beer. Once the album comes available on Spotify I can listen to Harry’s Place couple more times, and that’s about it.

Three more weeks and the 2014 tour starts, and that’s where the fun is. I wonder how the live versions turns out.

PS. Rolling Stone gave to High Hopes 4½ stars, because they had given too many 5 star reviews to Bruce Springsteen records lately.


Where to buy the High Hopes album?

Amazon offers exclusive live DVD with the High Hopes album:
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Amazon.com – High Hopes CD with a limited edition live DVD


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Bruce Springsteen High Hopes album leaked

January 1, 2014 – New Bruce Springsteen album High Hopes leaked – Where to download?

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Release date for the upcoming Bruce Springsteen album High Hopes is just few weeks away. Apparently Amazon leaked the MP3s by mistake, and now they are all over the place. Please do not ask me for torrent/download links. I haven’t listed the leaked album yet. I’m waiting for the official release date. It’s not easy, but I’m trying. :)

This is a fansite. Please support your favorite artist and buy the album. I’m sure we all can wait few weeks. I’m sure it will come available on Spotify and other streaming services also (if you want to listen it before buying the physical/digital copy).

Where to buy the High Hopes album?

Amazon offers exclusive live DVD with the High Hopes album:
Amazon.co.uk – High Hopes CD with a limited edition live DVD

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My thoughts about the new Springsteen album High Hopes

Upcoming Bruce Springsteen album High Hopes (2014) – My thoughts

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Let’s start with the cover. Bruce started using Twitter in last August (2013), and clearly he is following the latest trends with the Instagram styled album covers. High Hopes (the album) and single both have similar Instagram styled photos. High Hopes album cover has double the Springsteen, and maybe the album has double the guitar as well. Tom Morello (from The Rage Against The Machine) is playing even larger part on this album, when compared to the previous Wrecking Ball album. I’m sure that Mr. Morello will be joining the stage when the tour continues in 2014.

Bruce Springsteen has upgraded the E Street Band sound as well. We have heard two tracks from the new album already; “High Hopes” and “Dream Baby Dream”, and they both have more “industrial” sound than what we have heard previously from Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band.

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Can we call this a new album? That’s the question.

“I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording.” – Bruce Springsteen

New record has three cover songs: High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell), Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey), Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega).

High Hopes, American Skin (41 shots) live version and The Ghost of Tom Joad (solo album version) has been officially released previously. Harry’s Place is an outtake from the Rising sessions. Harry’s Place is also a likely candidate for a song where Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici can he heard.

“The Wall” was co-written with Joe Grushecky, and Bruce has played the song live couple of times during Devils & Dust tour.

There are only 5 completely new tracks that we know (pretty much) nothing about. “Down In The Hole”, “Heaven’s Wall”, “Frankie Fell In Love”, “This Is Your Sword” and “Hunter Of Invisible Game”.

Are these 5 totally new tracks? “Down In The Hole”, “Heaven’s Wall” and “Hunter Of Invisible Game” credits Brendan O’Brien as producer. Springsteen worked with O’Brien in 2002-2008. That would leave only two new songs.

Maybe Springsteen got the idea of re-recording some of the older tracks, when they’ve made the Darkness On The Edge Of Town anniversary box, which included re-recorded material. Or maybe he got an idea of recording this album, when they were searching for a new material for the Tracks 2 box, just notice that there are enough material to make a separate release. To me, this just feels more and more a follow up to the Tracks, rather than a real new album.

My opinion may change of course, when the album hit the stores in January 14, 2014. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to get new official release from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

In the end; No matter what the album is going to be, Rolling Stone magazine will give it 5 stars. 😉


High Hopes album and various editions?

Are we going to see more “limited editions”? Currently Amazon.com has an exclusive edition that also includes a live DVD of Bruce and the E Street Band performing the entire “Born In The U.S.A.” album in London, England (June 30, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, UK). Hopefully this is just a teaser, and we’ll see new Wrecking Ball DVD & Blu-ray edition, filled with videos from various locations. There’s no info bout the bonus DVD on Amazon.co.uk

I don’t want to find myself buying various versions from Walmart, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target…

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes – Track list:

1. High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell) – featuring Tom Morello
2. Harry’s Place * – featuring Tom Morello
3. American Skin (41 Shots) – featuring Tom Morello
4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey) – featuring Tom Morello
5. Down In The Hole *
6. Heaven’s Wall ** – featuring Tom Morello
7. Frankie Fell In Love
8. This Is Your Sword
9. Hunter Of Invisible Game * – featuring Tom Morello
10. The Ghost of Tom Joad – duet with Tom Morello
11. The Wall
12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) – featuring Tom Morello

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except as noted

Album produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

*Produced by Brendan O’Brien

**Produced by Brendan O’Brien, co-produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen

Release dates: January 14, 2014

The AMAZON BONUS LIMITED EDITION* version also includes a live DVD of Bruce and the E Street Band performing the entire “Born In The U.S.A.” album in London, England, during the historic Wrecking Ball World Tour. (*This version will be available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY.)

Buy from Amazon:

High Hopes album is available on CD/MP3/Vinyl


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