Western Stars

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Western Stars
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
GenrePop rock,[1] country
Length50:50
LabelColumbia
ProducerRon Aniello
Bruce Springsteen chronology
The Live Series: Songs of Hope
(2019)
Western Stars
(2019)
Singles from Western Stars
  1. "Hello Sunshine"
    Released: April 26, 2019
  2. "There Goes My Miracle"
    Released: May 17, 2019
  3. "Tucson Train"
    Released: May 30, 2019
  4. "Western Stars"
    Released: June 14, 2019

Western Stars is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released through Columbia Records on June 14, 2019.[2] It was produced by Ron Aniello, who worked with Springsteen on his two previous albums: Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014). The album marks Springsteen's first new studio album of completely original material since Wrecking Ball.

Springsteen said a documentary on the making of the album is being planned. However, he is not expected to do a tour for the album and announced that he will shift focus towards recording a new album with the E Street Band in the fall of 2019.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Springsteen stated in April 2019 that the album was influenced by "Southern California pop music" of the 1970s, including artists such as Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach. Upon announcing the album in April 2019, he called it "a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements", with a press release characterizing it as about a "range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope".[5]

Singles[edit]

"Hello Sunshine" was released on April 26 as the lead single, along with a music video.[1] "There Goes My Miracle" was released as the album's second single on May 17, 2019.[6][7] The album's third single, "Tucson Train", was released on May 30, 2019, along with a music video directed by Thom Zimny.[8]A music video for the album's fourth single, "Western Stars", also directed by Zimny, was released on June 14, 2019.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating

Western Stars received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from selected mainstream critics, the album received a metascore of 83, which is based on 25 reviews indicating "universal acclaim."[10] Pat Carty in Hot Press described the album as a "heartbreaking yet life-affirmingly beautiful record - both elegiac and warm, a trick few others, if any, could pull off."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Hitch Hikin'"3:37
2."The Wayfarer"4:18
3."Tucson Train"3:31
4."Western Stars"4:41
5."Sleepy Joe's Café"3:14
6."Drive Fast (The Stuntman)"4:16
7."Chasin' Wild Horses"5:03
8."Sundown"3:17
9."Somewhere North of Nashville"1:52
10."Stones"4:44
11."There Goes My Miracle"4:05
12."Hello Sunshine"3:56
13."Moonlight Motel"4:16
Total length:50:50

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sodomsky, Sam (April 25, 2019). "Bruce Springsteen Announces New Album Western Stars". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen". Apple Music. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.rockol.it/news-704431/springsteen-nuovo-disco-e-street-band-autunno-2019
  4. ^ "The Boss is coming: Springsteen says he will tour with E Street Band in 2020". NJ.com. May 27, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Greene, Andy (April 25, 2019). "Bruce Springsteen Details New Solo Album 'Western Stars'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Springsteen, Bruce (May 15, 2019). "There Goes My Miracle coming soon #WesternStarspic.twitter.com/WDgNRGqfq9". Retrieved May 17, 2019 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Springsteen, Bruce (May 16, 2019). "Tomorrow #WesternStarspic.twitter.com/sFUuuXNcE1". Retrieved May 17, 2019 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsH4URIWNRE
  9. ^ "Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/music/western-stars/bruce-springsteen
  11. ^ https://www.hotpress.com/music/album-review-bruce-springsteen-western-stars-22776555