hmv's Albums of 2014: Bruce Springsteen
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today it's the turn of Bruce Springsteen and his new record High Hopes...
A Little Background...
As Bruce Springsteen's enormously successful Wrecking Ball tour hit Australia back in March last year a fill-in was needed for regular E Street Band guitarist Steven van Zandt who had some acting to do.
The visionary Springsteen enlisted the ever-inventive Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame and in so doing gained a new spark. Creativity burst forth from a seemingly unlikely union and there was evidently not much idle time between shows as tracks were laid down fuelling the fire of an awesome new album with Springsteen feeding off the energetic riffing and wizardry of Morello.
What's It Called?
Springsteen's new album is titled High Hopes and is his 18th studio outing. Three songs are cover versions: Opening track 'High Hopes' was originally released in 1987 by Tim Scott McConnell; 'Just Like Fire Would' was recorded by Australian alternative rock band The Saints back in 1986; and 'Dream Baby Dream' is a cover of Suicide's 1979 single.
The rest of the album features newly recorded outtakes of previous recording sessions and some fresh recordings of old releases including a new version of 'The Ghost of Tom Joad' (a Springsteen original that was covered by Rage Against the Machine on their Renegades album) which Springsteen and Morello sing together.
What Will It Sound Like?
Take a listen to the first single (it's below), 'High Hopes', which was released in November last year and you'll know exactly why The Boss has the music community excited yet again.
Not only does it successfully blend Morello's trademark guitar sound with the impeccable E Street Band, but it also manages to push boundaries even further by incorporating Mardi Gras style brass and rhythm resulting in a somewhat refreshing carnival rock sound.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Ron Aniello (who worked with Springsteen producing 2012's incredible Wrecking Ball), Brendan O'Brien (who has produced several Springsteen albums as well as Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and The Nightwatchman albums featuring Morello) and Springsteen himself make up the superb production team.
The E Street Band are big enough a name in and of themselves, however, this time around inquisitive ears will naturally be listening out for Tom Morello's contributions. The album also features the work of Clarence Clemons and Danny Frederici, two former members of the E Street Band, who have passed away.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
High Hopes is scheduled for release on the 13th of January. We can't wait.