High Hopes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There isn't another Bruce Springsteen album like High Hopes. Cobbled together from covers -- of other songwriters along with the Boss himself "American Skin [41 Shots]" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" are both revived -- and outtakes from the last decade, High Hopes doesn't have the cohesion or gilded surfaces of Wrecking Ball, but neither is it quite a clearinghouse of leftovers. Inspired in part by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who has proven to be a brother in arms to Springsteen, as well as a substitute for Steven Van Zandt in the E-Street Band, High Hopes certainly bears the proud stamp of Morello, both in its workingman's politics and in its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There isn't another Bruce Springsteen album like High Hopes. Cobbled together from covers -- of other songwriters along with the Boss himself "American Skin [41 Shots]" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" are both revived -- and outtakes from the last decade, High Hopes doesn't have the cohesion or gilded surfaces of Wrecking Ball, but neither is it quite a clearinghouse of leftovers. Inspired in part by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who has proven to be a brother in arms to Springsteen, as well as a substitute for Steven Van Zandt in the E-Street Band, High Hopes certainly bears the proud stamp of Morello, both in its workingman's politics and in its cinematic sound. Much of this record oscillates between the moody and militant, particularly in the politically charged numbers, which are often colored by percussive guitar squalls. Here, the RATM guitarist often resembles a Nils Lofgren stripped of blues or lyricism -- think of the gusts of noise on "Tunnel of Love" without any melodicism -- and that's a bracing change for Springsteen, who has shown interest in atmospherics but usually when they're coming from keyboards, not six strings. Such sociological talk suggests High Hopes is nothing but rallying cries and downhearted laments, but the fascinating thing about this unkempt collection is how these protest songs and workingman's anthems are surrounded by intimate tunes, ranging from a cover of the Saints' latter-day "Just Like Fire Would" to a strangely soothing interpretation of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream." Morello reportedly had as much to do with the inclusion of these covers as he did with the record's set pieces -- a stirring "The Ghost of Tom Joad," "American Skin" which can't help but seem like a reference to the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin in this context, and "High Hopes," a Tim Scott McConnell song first recorded in the '90s -- and there's a certain sober passion that ties all these songs together but, in turn, it makes the rest of the record all the more compelling because the pieces simply don't fit. There's the rousing Gaelic rock of "This Is Your Sword," sounding a bit like a rejected closing credit theme for The Wire; "Down in the Hole," which rides the same train-track rhythm as "I'm on Fire;" the complicated waltz of "Hunter of Invisible Game," softer and stranger than much of the rest here; "Harry's Place," a bit of synthesized Sopranos noir that sounds much older than its ten years; and the absolutely glorious "Frankie Fell in Love," as open-hearted and romantic a song as Springsteen has ever written. Strictly speaking, these 12 songs don't cohere into a mood or narrative but after two decades of deliberate, purposeful albums, it's rather thrilling to hear Springsteen revel in a mess of contradictions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888430154629
  • Catalog Number: 154629
  • Sales rank: 6,717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High Hopes - Tom Morello (4:57)
  2. 2 Harry's Place - Atlanta Strings (4:04)
  3. 3 American Skin (41 Shots) - Tom Morello (7:23)
  4. 4 Just Like Fire Would - NY Chamber Consort Strings (3:56)
  5. 5 Down in the Hole (4:59)
  6. 6 Heaven's Wall - NY Chamber Consort Strings (3:50)
  7. 7 Frankie Fell in Love (2:48)
  8. 8 This is Your Sword (2:52)
  9. 9 Hunter of Invisible Game - Atlanta Strings (4:42)
  10. 10 The Ghost of Tom Joad - Tom Morello (7:33)
  11. 11 The Wall (4:20)
  12. 12 Dream Baby Dream - NY Chamber Consort Strings (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Springsteen Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Harmonium, Vocals, Vibes
Nils Lofgren Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Clarence Clemons Tenor Saxophone
Patti Scialfa Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Ron Aniello Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Accordion, 12-string Guitar, Vibes, farfisa organ, Loops, Drum Loop
Roy Bittan Organ, Piano
Everett Bradley Percussion, Background Vocals
Barry Danielian Horn
Danny Federici Organ
Josh Freese Drums
Clark Gayton Horn
Charlie Giordano Organ, Accordion
Stan Harrison Horn
Curtis King Background Vocals
Maria Kitsopoulos Celli
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Tom Morello Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Garry Tallent Bass
Soozie Tyrell Violin, Background Vocals
Max Weinberg Percussion, Drums
Brenda White Background Vocals
Curt Ramm Cornet, Horn
Jeff Kievit Piccolo Trumpet
Sam Bardfeld Violin
Amy Chang Viola
Keith Fluitt Background Vocals
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Cillian Vallely uillean pipes, Low Whistle
Lisa Kim Violin, Concert Master
Jay Christy Violin
Daniel Laufer Celli
Maurycy Banaszek Viola
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Michelle Moore Background Vocals
Shmuel Katz Viola
Charae Krueger Celli
Christopher Pulgram Violin
Karen Freer Celli
Jeanine Wynton Violin
Lachlan McBane Viola
William Pu Violin
Olga Shpitko Violin
Annaliesa Place Violin
Alan Stepansky Celli
Tania Maxwell Viola
Jessica Lee Violin
Kenn Wagner Violin
John Meisner Violin
Justin Bruns Violin
Sheela Iyengar Violin
Ed Manion Horn
John James Background Vocals
Hyunju Lee Violin
Stevie Van Zandt Guitar, Background Vocals
Jake Clemons Horn, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Ann Lehmann Violin
Quan Ge Violin
David Southorn Violin
Rupei Yeh Celli
Sam Springsteen Background Vocals
Joanna Maijer Violin
Jessie Springsteen Background Vocals
Evan Springsteen Background Vocals
Al Thornton Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Grushecky Original Idea
Bruce Springsteen Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Loop
Martin Rev Composer
Alan Vega Composer
Chris Bailey Composer
Ron Aniello Producer, Loop
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Rob Mathes String Arrangements, String Conductor
Kevin Mills Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Sandra Park String Contractor
Toby Scott Engineer
Billy Bowers Pro-Tools
Kevin Buell Guitar Techician
Tim Scott McConnell Composer
Eddie Horst String Arrangements, String Conductor
Geoff Sanoff Engineer
Edward Smith Photo Assistance
Cillian Vallely Whistle
Ross Petersen Engineer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Scott Tibbs Orchestration
Dave Schiffman Engineer
Rob Lebret Engineer
Patricia Horst String Contractor
Nyra Lang Photo Assistance
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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    Springsteen proves yet again that he is the BOSS! I have every s

    Springsteen proves yet again that he is the BOSS! I have every single album of his, and this is one of his best. Every song has a classic Springsteen feel, and the lyrics that only he can write. Two of the songs were previously released on live albums, and the studio versions of them are amazing. The entire album is just what I would expect from The Boss, and it is an absolute must-have for any fan of his music.  Just do yourself a favor and buy this album. You will not be disappointed! Long Live The BOSS!!!

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