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NEW ALBUM: Western Stars - June 14

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'A fingernail moon'.

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This is ramping up the excitement. Gonna be a long two weeks. I've missed the build up and anticipation, I must say! Feel like I'm back from the wilderness.     

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‘Those are only the lies you’ve told me...
I woke up this morning with stones in my mouth.’

Looking forward to this one!

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If that isn't promising, I don't know what is.

The reviewer concludes: "Bruce (in my humble opinion) at his ragged glory best. Born to stay on the run, because he knows nothing else."  

With that and the confirmed hope for a new E-Street record and a tour, what more could we want?

(Why isn't it June 14th yet???)

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3 minutes ago, berlintramp said:

If that isn't promising, I don't know what is.

The reviewer concludes: "Bruce (in my humble opinion) at his ragged glory best. Born to stay on the run, because he knows nothing else."  

With that and the confirmed hope for a new E-Street record and a tour, what more could we want?

(Why isn't it June 14th yet???)

I remember David Hepworth reviewing Human Touch in Q magazine.  He raved about it and gave it five stars out of five.

At the time, not many Bruce fans rated it.  Nowadays, it's probably considered Bruce's weakest album.  

Just sayin'. 

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6 minutes ago, Promise61 said:

I remember David Hepworth reviewing Human Touch in Q magazine.  He raved about it and gave it five stars out of five.

At the time, not many Bruce fans rated it.  Nowadays, it's probably considered Bruce's weakest album.  

Just sayin'. 

I very much like HT.

I won't swallow any review but make up my own mind.

But having someone saying nice things about the new album isn't bad at all. Just revvs up the anticipation.

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The booklet is fantastic looking. I may have to buy the vinyl as a special treat. 

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We getting the latest single today?

  I am a little out of the loop.

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I think Dan said Friday for the video.  ^

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2 hours ago, wildandinn said:

Glad people have been enjoying my photos of the promotional lyric booklet! This was distributed at a Columbia listening event in London at which I was a very lucky guest yesterday (they also had one in Dublin the same day). As well as playing the entire album in sequence, we were treated to the global premiere of the new video for 'Tucson Train' (apparently being released this Friday 31st). I made notes of my first impressions of the album on a track-by-track basis for Badlands, now up on their site: http://www.badlands.co.uk/news/bruce-springsteen-western-stars-album-review/

Personally, I loved the album on first listen - I also really liked the two tracks released so far, although I know it's divided much opinion among fans. Not long now till everyone can decide for themselves!

Dan

That link’s not working for me... anyone else having the same problem?

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2 hours ago, wildandinn said:

Glad people have been enjoying my photos of the promotional lyric booklet! This was distributed at a Columbia listening event in London at which I was a very lucky guest yesterday (they also had one in Dublin the same day). As well as playing the entire album in sequence, we were treated to the global premiere of the new video for 'Tucson Train' (apparently being released this Friday 31st). I made notes of my first impressions of the album on a track-by-track basis for Badlands, now up on their site: http://www.badlands.co.uk/news/bruce-springsteen-western-stars-album-review/

Personally, I loved the album on first listen - I also really liked the two tracks released so far, although I know it's divided much opinion among fans. Not long now till everyone can decide for themselves!

Dan

Thanks for both the review and the photos. Brilliant reading. 

 

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25 minutes ago, The_Magic Rat said:

We getting the latest single today?

  I am a little out of the loop.

Friday 31st, according to Columbia yesterday, I believe...

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3 hours ago, wildandinn said:

Glad people have been enjoying my photos of the promotional lyric booklet! This was distributed at a Columbia listening event in London at which I was a very lucky guest yesterday (they also had one in Dublin the same day). As well as playing the entire album in sequence, we were treated to the global premiere of the new video for 'Tucson Train' (apparently being released this Friday 31st). I made notes of my first impressions of the album on a track-by-track basis for Badlands, now up on their site: http://www.badlands.co.uk/news/bruce-springsteen-western-stars-album-review/

Personally, I loved the album on first listen - I also really liked the two tracks released so far, although I know it's divided much opinion among fans. Not long now till everyone can decide for themselves!

Dan

Did the video have a band in it and if so, who was there?? The still photo looks intriguing. If there is a band there, I am more inclined to think he is rehearsing for a tour.

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2 hours ago, wildandinn said:

Glad people have been enjoying my photos of the promotional lyric booklet! This was distributed at a Columbia listening event in London at which I was a very lucky guest yesterday (they also had one in Dublin the same day). As well as playing the entire album in sequence, we were treated to the global premiere of the new video for 'Tucson Train' (apparently being released this Friday 31st). I made notes of my first impressions of the album on a track-by-track basis for Badlands, now up on their site: http://www.badlands.co.uk/news/bruce-springsteen-western-stars-album-review/

Personally, I loved the album on first listen - I also really liked the two tracks released so far, although I know it's divided much opinion among fans. Not long now till everyone can decide for themselves!

Dan

The page you were looking for appears to have been moved, deleted or does not exist.

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1 minute ago, BrilliantDisguise said:

The page you were looking for appears to have been moved, deleted or does not exist.

It's still showing on the link in the post above.

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The lyrics to the title track look brilliant. A hint of early, wordy Bruce in there.

Can’t tell you how much I’m looking toward to this release. 

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3 hours ago, wildandinn said:

Glad people have been enjoying my photos of the promotional lyric booklet! This was distributed at a Columbia listening event in London at which I was a very lucky guest yesterday (they also had one in Dublin the same day). As well as playing the entire album in sequence, we were treated to the global premiere of the new video for 'Tucson Train' (apparently being released this Friday 31st). I made notes of my first impressions of the album on a track-by-track basis for Badlands, now up on their site: http://www.badlands.co.uk/news/bruce-springsteen-western-stars-album-review/

Personally, I loved the album on first listen - I also really liked the two tracks released so far, although I know it's divided much opinion among fans. Not long now till everyone can decide for themselves!

Dan

 

2 minutes ago, BrilliantDisguise said:

The page you were looking for appears to have been moved, deleted or does not exist.

 

Found it on a link within the link.

WESTERN STARS – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Review by Dan French

 

1. Hitch Hikin'

A sparse acoustic introduction, with a repeated banjo(?) figure and maybe glockenspiel. Then massed strings come in, deep as a bass guitar, and Bruce sets out his musical stall: this album is very orchestral throughout, and cinematic – the soundtrack to a Californian road trip. It’s a free-wheeling, carefree view of the life of a hitch-hiker ‘hitch hikin’ all day long’.

2. The Wayfarer

Starts with thudding guitar, then deep string chords. I’m struck by memories of the ‘Tunnel Of Love’ album, possibly ‘Brilliant Disguise’. The beginning feels like a home demo until the orchestra builds and swells. The first real drums on the album are heard late in the song during an instrumental break, and kick in again at the end. The wayfarer of the title is restless, roaming around like Dion’s ‘The Wanderer’, alone at night and seeking solitude – drawn by ‘the white lines in my head’.

3. Tucson Train

Both the intro and outro feature a restless tapping sound – like either a train rhythm, or impatiently tapping fingers, perhaps. A rich melodic hook, again making me think of the ‘Tunnel’ album. The drums start on the second verse. It’s a mostly positive tale of a guy looking forward to meeting his girl off the said train, but hinting at the darkness he’s trying to escape by doing so – there’s a ‘voice that keeps me awake at night’, and he wishes ‘If I could just turn off my brain’. It could be a counterpoint to ‘There Goes My Miracle’: here, she’s arriving; there, she’s leaving.

4. Western Stars

Opening with a haunting, ‘Paris, Texas’-like vibe, I’m reminded vaguely of ‘All That Heaven Will Allow’ with the melody, but musically it’s the flipside of that. Bruce pulls out some vivid images of stars, coyotes, and a woman in a bar described as a ‘lost sheep’ in this tale of a Western actor – with references to ‘the set’, ‘the makeup girl’ and a scene in which ‘once I was shot by John Wayne’. One of several songs which starts and ends with much the same lyrics: ‘I wake up in the morning, just glad my boots are on’.

5. Sleepy Joe's Café

An up-tempo, catchy dance tune, with accordion lifting the spirits, about a place with ‘summer girls in the parking lot’ who ‘flirt the night away’. The keyboards on the instrumental break would have made Danny proud. Bruce channels the joyful sound of the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Mavericks, among others. It’s pure escapism and fun.


6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)

This could be Bruce writing again in the vein of ‘The Wrestler’, this time about a stuntman whose motto is ‘don’t worry about tomorrow, don’t mind the scars; drive fast, fall hard’. He’s looking for anything to give him a lift at this stage in his life, and hoping to find someone to ‘get the broken pieces to fit’. The tale is underpinned by deep, twangy guitar – a nod to the Wichita Lineman, maybe. Another song opening and closing with the same lines, a couplet about his injuries sustained at work: ‘I got two pins in my ankle and a busted collarbone /A steel rod in my leg, but it walks me home.’

7. Chasin' Wild Horses

A song about the regretsof youth from an older perspective. The line about working until you’re ‘too tired to think’ could be from the same guy who felt that in ‘Something In The Night’. ‘Tryin’ to get you off my mind /Is like chasin’ wild horses…’ Again very cinematic in feel, with a long instrumental ending capped off by an extra echoing coda. Musically reminiscent of ‘Your Own Worst Enemy’ in melody at times.

8. Sundown

Following almost straight out of ‘Chasin’ Wild Horses’, with drums urging the rhythm restlessly, it opens with ‘I’m twenty-five hundred miles from where I wanna be’, like the reference to ‘miles to go is miles away’ in ‘Hello Sunshine’. Once again there’s ‘a little voice in my head’, here it’s his salvation, keeping him ‘from sinking down /Come Sundown’. Sundown is a place here, as much as a time, and not ‘the kind of place you want to be on your own.’

9. Somewhere North of Nashville

The shortest song lyrically, with only 17 lines, and probably barely a couple of minutes in length as well. It’s a brief sketch of a tune, about the regrets of a songwriter with only ‘this melody, and time to kill’.

10. Stones

The opening line reminds me of ‘Empty Sky’, although here ‘I woke up this morning with stones in my mouth’. A slow, ponderous drumbeat measures out the tempo, with touches of twangy guitar. Lyrically it’s an intense song about the bitterness of betrayal and mistrust, repeating and repeating the key, damning line: ‘Those are only the lies you’ve told me’.

11. There Goes My Miracle

With a bigger, more sweeping feel than lead single ‘Hello Sunshine’, this is heavily orchestrated, and features strings, horns, tympani and multiple backing vocals. It’s reminiscent of the arrangements from ‘Working On A Dream’, like ‘Kingdom Of Days’ (which also uses the ‘walk away’ idea). Given this lush background, it’s still noticeable that the main feature is Bruce's own rich, soaring lead vocal, especially on the chorus. The ‘miracle’ in the song is ‘walking away’ and leaving (‘Look what we’ve done… heartache, heartbreak…’); it captures that poignant moment of realisation of loss in a relationship. Yet again, Bruce uses the same lyric to open and close the song: ‘Sunrise, sundown’.

12. Hello Sunshine

As the lead release from the album, the ‘inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late '60s and early '70s’ to which Bruce has referred is obvious. The main elements include multiple strings, steel guitar and brushed drums, echoing the restrained sound of songs like ‘Secret Garden’ and ‘Blood Brothers’. ‘Hello Sunshine’ is both gentle and dark in tone, despite the apparent brightness first suggested by its title. It concisely reflects the ebb and flow of depression, and the pull of isolation and darkness, again leading to heartbreak: ‘had a little sweet spot for the rain… you can get a little too fond of the blues.’ ‘You fall in love with lonely, you end up that way.’

13. Moonlight Motel

The album’s closer starts with acoustic guitar and echoing vocals, in this description of ‘a place on a blank stretch of road where /Nobody travels and nobody goes’ and the stark contradiction of ‘the pool’s filled with empty’. A retrospective on young love (‘it’s better to have loved…’) by someone revisiting old haunts, it ends with this striking image of an unusual toast to the past:

‘I pulled a bottle of Jack out of a paper bag
Poured one for me and one for you as well
Then it was one more shot poured
out onto the parking lot
To the Moonlight Motel.’

 

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Haven't dove into the lyrics but from what I gather, why record companies release certain singles is beyond me - premature of me to say it obviously but I've gots a huge feeling the Miracle song ain't up to snuff compared to the rest.  But, I know they like catchy and "radio" friendly selly stuff.

We shall see.  I'm pumped.  

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4 hours ago, Promise61 said:

I remember David Hepworth reviewing Human Touch in Q magazine.  He raved about it and gave it five stars out of five.

At the time, not many Bruce fans rated it.  Nowadays, it's probably considered Bruce's weakest album.  

Just sayin'. 

WOAD was hyped up before release, and look how that worked out!

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11 minutes ago, BrilliantDisguise said:

Was this picture posted yet?  I like this one.

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Springsteens in the rear view mirror may appear older than they are.

Not a flattering photo.

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