M-Net officially turns 30 years old today – celebrating three decades of bringing viewers across the African continent premium TV content

Reeva Steenkamp's best friend finally breaks her silence with beautiful tribute on Instagram

Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

2014-01-21 12:45
bruce springsteen
Bruce Springsteen albums are most often well-constructed, cohesive statements, but High Hopes is something different — a collection of covers and leftovers from the last decade or so.

As such, it feels like a musical tag sale, albeit one in a very nice neighbourhood. Springsteen credits Tom Morello as his muse here, and his snarling, squealing guitar does more than anything to tie everything together. Their duet on a ferocious version of the two decade-old song, "The Ghost of Tom Joad", is clearly the album's high point.

Another song familiar to fans, "American Skin (41 Shots)," feels bloated and dated, not helped that a decade's worth of news has made the incident that inspired it recede from the mind.

The success of a tag sale depends largely on individual taste, of course. We're partial to some of the exuberant pop songs here: the title cut and "Just Like Fire Would" are both obscure cover songs.

Springsteen's own "Frankie Fell in Love" is a lark with funny lyrics. They will remind fans of the treasure trove of unreleased material recorded before "Darkness on the Edge of Town," much of it so good that when it finally saw the light of day you wondered what he'd been thinking to keep it hidden so long.

Some of the material on this disc was originally set aside for good reason, but Springsteen's loyal audience will find things to enjoy. It's best not to come in with hopes too high.

Listen to a preview of the songs here and watch Bruce talk about the album here:

Read more on:    bruce springsteen  |  music


Recent Reviews

This weekend Scott Stapp, the voice of legendary rock band Creed, kicks off his world tour in South Africa. Read More »
Add your review

Ciara - Jackie

2015-07-17 12:53

Ciara’s sixth studio album has beat and sex appeal but lacks heart. Read More »
Add your review

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.