[ Columbia / 2 LP ]
Release Date: Friday 14 June 2019
Bruce Springsteen's first new studio album in five years takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration from the Southern California pop records of the late '60s and early '70s.
"This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements," says 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 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 13-time Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst.
A1. Hitch Hikin'
A2. The Wayfarer
A3. Tucson Train
B1. Western Stars
B2. Sleepy Joe's Café
B3. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
C1. Chasin' Wild Horses
C3. Somewhere North of Nashville
D1. There Goes My Miracle
D2. Hello Sunshine
D3. Moonlight Motel