Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

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Posted on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:37pm
by John MacMillan

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Release Type

Studio Album

Release Year

2014

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Label

Columbia/Sony Music

 

Album Overview

High Hopes is the eighteenth studio album by American recording artist Bruce Springsteen, released on January 14, 2014, on Columbia Records. The album was Springsteen's eleventh #1 album in the US, placing him third all-time for most #1 albums only behind The Beatles and Jay-Z. It was his tenth #1 in the UK, putting him joint fifth all-time and level with The Rolling Stones and U2. Rolling Stone named it the second-best album of 2014 on their year end list.

The album features Springsteen's regular backing band, the E Street Band, and guitarist Tom Morello. Contributions from deceased E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici are also included. Co-produced by Ron Aniello, Brendan O'Brien and Springsteen, the album was preceded by the single "High Hopes", and is a collection of cover songs, out-takes and re-imagined versions of tracks from past albums, EPs and tours. A week following the album's release, a music video for "Just Like Fire Would" was released January 22, 2014. A music video for "The Wall" was aired during the 2014 HBO special, Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes. On July 9, 2014, Springsteen released a short film for "Hunter of Invisible Game" which marks his directorial debut.

Springsteen said that the new music was "some of our best unreleased material from the past decade" and among the best of his writing and deserved a proper studio recording. In April 2014, Springsteen released American Beauty, a four track EP of songs that did not make the final cut of High Hopes.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1High Hopes4:58
Notes

Accordion: Charlie Giordano
Backing Vocals: Cindy Mizelle
Backing Vocals: Curtis King
Backing Vocals: Michelle Moore
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Bass: Garry Tallent
Drums: Max Weinberg
Guitar: Nils Lofgren
Guitar: Tom Morello
Horns: Barry Danielian
Horns: Clark Gayton
Horns: Curt Ramm
Horns: Ed Manion
Horns: Stan Harrison
Loops [Drum Loop]: Ron Aniello
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By [Assistant]: Andrew Schubert
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brad Townsend
Mixed By [Assistant]: Keith Armstrong
Mixed By [Assistant]: Nik Karpen
Percussion, Backing Vocals: Everett Bradley
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Vocals, Guitar, Vibraphone, Percussion: Bruce Springsteen
Written-By: Tim Scott McConnell

2Harry's Place4:04
Notes

Arranged By [String Arrangement], Conductor [Strings]: Ed Horst
Bass: Garry Tallent
Drums: Max Weinberg
Guitar: Nils Lofgren
Guitar: Tom Morello
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By [Assistant]: Andrew Schubert
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brad Townsend
Mixed By [Assistant]: Keith Armstrong
Mixed By [Assistant]: Nik Karpen
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Strings: Atlanta Strings
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Cello: Charae Krueger
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Cello: Daniel Laufer
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Cello: Karen Freer
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Viola: Amy Chang
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Viola: Lachlan McBane
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Viola: Tania Maxwell Clements
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Christopher Pulgram
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Jay Christy
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: John Meisner
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Justin Bruns
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Kenn Wagner
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Olga Shpitko
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Sheela Iyengar
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: William Pu
Tenor Saxophone: Clarence Clemons
Vocals, Guitar: Bruce Springsteen

3American Skin (41 Shots)7:24
Notes

Backing Vocals: Cindy Mizelle
Backing Vocals: Curtis King
Backing Vocals: Nils Lofgren
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Bass, Synth, Guitar, Loops [Drum Loop], Percussion, Organ, Vibraphone: Ron Aniello
Drums: Max Weinberg
Guitar, Backing Vocals: Steve Van Zandt
Horns: Barry Danielian
Horns: Clark Gayton
Horns: Curt Ramm
Horns: Ed Manion
Horns: Stan Harrison
Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals: Tom Morello
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By [Assistant]: Andrew Schubert
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brad Townsend
Mixed By [Assistant]: Keith Armstrong
Mixed By [Assistant]: Nik Karpen
Orchestrated By [Horn Orchestration]: Scott Tibbs
Organ: Charlie Giordano
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Tenor Saxophone: Jake Clemons
Vocals, Guitar, Percussion: Bruce Springsteen

4Just Like Fire Would3:56
Notes

Arranged By [String Arrangement], Conductor [Strings]: Rob Mathes
Backing Vocals: Cindy Mizelle
Backing Vocals: Curtis King
Backing Vocals: Michelle Moore
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Steve Van Zandt
Bass: Garry Tallent
Drums: Max Weinberg
Guitar: Nils Lofgren
Guitar: Tom Morello
Horns: Barry Danielian
Horns: Clark Gayton
Horns: Curt Ramm
Horns: Ed Manion
Horns: Jake Clemons
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brandon Duncan
Mixed By [Assistant]: Sergio Ruelas
Organ: Charlie Giordano
Percussion, Backing Vocals: Everett Bradley
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Strings: New York Chamber Consort
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Alan Stepansky
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Maria Kitsopoulos
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Ru-Pei Yeh
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Desiree Elsevier
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Maurycy Banaszek
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Robert Rinehart
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Shmuel Katz
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Ann Lehman
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Annaliesa Place
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: David Southorn
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Hyunju Lee
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Jeanne Wynton
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Jessica Lee
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Joanna Mauer
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Quan Ge
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Sharon Yamada
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Suzanne Ornstein
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin, Concertmaster: Lisa Kim
Trumpet [Piccolo Trumpet]: Jeff Kievit
Twelve-String Guitar [12 String Guitar]: Ron Aniello
Vocals, Guitar: Bruce Springsteen
Written-By: Chris Bailey

5Down In The Hole4:59
Notes

Backing Vocals: Evan James Springsteen
Backing Vocals: Jessie Springsteen
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Sam Springsteen
Bass: Garry Tallent
Drums: Max Weinberg
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Mixed By [Assistant (Henson Studios)]: Tom Syrowski
Mixed By [Assistant (Southern Tracks)]: Karl Egsieker
Mixed By [Assistant (Southern Tracks)]: Tom Tapley
Organ: Danny Federici
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Tenor Saxophone: Clarence Clemons
Violin: Soozie Tyrell
Vocals, Guitar: Bruce Springsteen

6Heaven's Wall3:50
Notes

Arranged By [String Arrangement], Conductor [Strings]: Rob Mathes
Backing Vocals: Al Thornton
Backing Vocals: Brenda White King
Backing Vocals: Cindy Mizelle
Backing Vocals: Curtis King
Backing Vocals: John James
Backing Vocals: Keith Fluitt
Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Backing Vocals: Tawatha
Bass: Garry Tallent
Co-producer: Bruce Springsteen
Co-producer: Ron Aniello
Drums: Max Weinberg
Lead Guitar: Tom Morello
Loops [Percussion Loop], Synth, Organ [Farfisa Organ]: Ron Aniello
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brandon Duncan
Mixed By [Assistant]: Sergio Ruelas
Percussion: Everett Bradley
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Strings: New York Chamber Consort
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Alan Stepansky
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Maria Kitsopoulos
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Ru-Pei Yeh
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Desiree Elsevier
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Maurycy Banaszek
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Robert Rinehart
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Shmuel Katz
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Ann Lehman
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Annaliesa Place
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: David Southorn
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Hyunju Lee
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Jeanne Wynton
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Jessica Lee
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Joanna Mauer
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Quan Ge
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Sharon Yamada
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Suzanne Ornstein
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin, Concertmaster: Lisa Kim
Violin: Sam Bardfeld
Vocals, Guitar, Bass [Additional], Loops [Percussion Loop], Organ, Synth: Bruce Springsteen

7Frankie Fell In Love2:48
Notes

Backing Vocals: Steve Van Zandt
Bass, Guitar: Ron Aniello
Drums: Max Weinberg
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By [Assistant]: Andrew Schubert
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brad Townsend
Mixed By [Assistant]: Keith Armstrong
Mixed By [Assistant]: Nik Karpen
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Violin: Sam Bardfeld
Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Organ, Mandolin: Bruce Springsteen

8This Is Your Sword2:53
Notes

Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Backing Vocals: Soozie Tyrell
Backing Vocals: Steve Van Zandt
Bagpipes [Uilleann Pipes], Whistle [Hi & Lo Whistle]: Cillian Vallely
Bass, Guitar, Synth: Ron Aniello
Drums: Josh Freese
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By [Assistant]: Andrew Schubert
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brad Townsend
Mixed By [Assistant]: Keith Armstrong
Mixed By [Assistant]: Nik Karpen
Piano, Organ: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Violin: Sam Bardfeld
Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano: Bruce Springsteen

9Hunter Of Invisible Game4:42
Notes

Arranged By [String Arrangement], Conductor [Strings]: Ed Horst
Bass: Garry Tallent
Drums: Max Weinberg
Guitar: Tom Morello
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brandon Duncan
Mixed By [Assistant]: Sergio Ruelas
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Strings: Atlanta Strings
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Cello: Charae Krueger
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Cello: Daniel Laufer
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Cello: Karen Freer
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Viola: Amy Chang
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Viola: Lachlan McBane
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Viola: Tania Maxwell Clements
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Christopher Pulgram
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Jay Christy
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: John Meisner
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Justin Bruns
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Kenn Wagner
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Olga Shpitko
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: Sheela Iyengar
Strings [Atlanta Strings], Violin: William Pu
Violin [Additional]: Soozie Tyrell
Vocals, Guitar: Bruce Springsteen

10The Ghost Of Tom Joad7:34
Notes

Accordion: Charlie Giordano
Bass, Synth: Ron Aniello
Drums: Max Weinberg
Lead Vocals, Guitar: Bruce Springsteen
Lead Vocals, Guitar: Tom Morello
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Mixed By [Assistant]: Andrew Schubert
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brad Townsend
Mixed By [Assistant]: Keith Armstrong
Mixed By [Assistant]: Nik Karpen
Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandolin: Nils Lofgren
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Violin: Soozie Tyrell

11The Wall4:20
Notes

Backing Vocals: Patti Scialfa
Bass: Garry Tallent
Cornet: Curt Ramm
Guitar: Nils Lofgren
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brandon Duncan
Mixed By [Assistant]: Sergio Ruelas
Organ: Danny Federici
Percussion: Max Weinberg
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Synth, Accordion: Ron Aniello
Vocals, Guitar, Drums: Bruce Springsteen

12Dream Baby Dream5:02
Notes

Arranged By [String Arrangement], Conductor [Strings]: Rob Mathes
Guitar: Tom Morello
Horns: Barry Danielian
Horns: Clark Gayton
Horns: Curt Ramm
Horns: Ed Manion
Horns: Stan Harrison
Loops [Percussion Loops], Synth, Bass, Guitar: Ron Aniello
Mixed By: Bob Clearmountain
Mixed By [Assistant]: Brandon Duncan
Mixed By [Assistant]: Sergio Ruelas
Piano: Roy Bittan
Producer: Bruce Springsteen
Producer: Ron Aniello
Strings: New York Chamber Consort
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Alan Stepansky
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Maria Kitsopoulos
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Cello: Ru-Pei Yeh
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Desiree Elsevier
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Maurycy Banaszek
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Robert Rinehart
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Viola: Shmuel Katz
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Ann Lehman
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Annaliesa Place
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: David Southorn
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Hyunju Lee
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Jeanne Wynton
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Jessica Lee
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Joanna Mauer
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Quan Ge
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Sharon Yamada
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin: Suzanne Ornstein
Strings [Ny Chamber Consort Strings], Violin, Concertmaster: Lisa Kim
Vocals, Harmonium, Piano, Mandolin, Synth, Acoustic Guitar: Bruce Springsteen
Written-By: Alan Vega
Written-By: Martin Rev

Background

Work on the album started on December 9, 2012. Springsteen called Aniello to discuss some demos of older songs that had never been finished. Finding time to record the album proved to be difficult due the band's being halfway through the Wrecking Ball Tour. Aniello began production on the album in Los Angeles while the band toured. Aniello said, "He was gone most of the time, so we weren't able to sit in a room and sort it all out. It all happened in a very unusual manner. But once we got started on it and he started to uncover what it was exactly. . . It just took the most part of a year for him to figure it out. I'm not sure what he had in mind from the beginning, but this is what we ended up with."

In March 2013, the day before Springsteen flew to Australia to resume touring, he went to Los Angeles. Aniello and Springsteen did mixes, and Springsteen posed for the album pictures. Aniello said Springsteen was "working his ass off, just working his ass off. I've never seen someone his age work like that. He put in a 15-hour day in the studio." During their time in Australia, Springsteen and the E Street Band (minus Steven Van Zandt, who was off filming his television series, Lilyhammer) were joined by Tom Morello (Van Zandt's replacement). The band spent its off time recording new music, although at the time there were no specific plans for a new album. Aniello said recording in Australia was a spontaneous decision that was possible because recording engineer Nick DiDia was there to work with the band. More recording took place at various studios around the USA, including Springsteen's personal home studio in New Jersey, Atlanta, New York City and Nashville.

Aniello stated 20 songs were recorded for the album. Aniello said, "The thing with Bruce is that he accepts his inspiration without question, he doesn't analyze it. But when it comes time to analyze, that's when he turns the screws on everything. Then he'll go back and forth with sequences for months and months until he gets it exactly where he wants it. I don't see that in any other artist that I work with. It's usually like, 'What's a good sequence?' And then, 'Oh, the hit sounds good first. Then the bad songs should go at the end.' That's not how Bruce does it. He has a story to tell. We recorded a lot and at first it was a much longer record. Bruce did the same thing with Wrecking Ball. I have the piece of paper with all 15 or whatever songs on it, and he draws a line through the last four and goes, 'This is it. Let's take these four off.' It was like a knife in my heart. I was like, 'Those are my favorites!' At the end of the day, though, he's always right. It's gotta work as a piece. This was a much bigger experiment because it was so different. There was a little more back and forth with it."

Songs

High Hopes is a first for Springsteen: a studio album composed entirely of covers, outtakes and reimagined versions of songs from past albums and tours. "The best way to describe this record," Springsteen said, "is that's it's a bit of an anomaly but not much. I don't really work linearly like a lot of people do."

The album's title track and first single, "High Hopes", was originally recorded in 1995 and released on the Blood Brothers (EP). According to Springsteen, Morello suggested they perform the song during the Wrecking Ball Tour, which ultimately led to it being re-recorded. "American Skin (41 Shots)" was originally written in 2000 in response to the death of Amadou Diallo. A live version was released on Live in New York City while the studio version was released on a rare 2001 promo CD. During the Wrecking Ball Tour, Springsteen started to perform the song again as a tribute to Trayvon Martin. "The Ghost of Tom Joad" was the first single from the 1995 album of the same name and has been performed many times, often featuring Morello on guitar and trading vocals with Springsteen. The track had been covered by Morello's former band, Rage Against the Machine, in a 1997 video, and later appeared on their album Renegades.

The album also features songs that were originally written for other albums, such as "Harry's Place", a song written in 2001 and intended originally for The Rising; "Heaven's Wall", "Down in the Hole", and "Hunter of Invisible Game", which all date from 2002–2008; and "The Wall", which Springsteen wrote around 1998 based on an idea from Joe Grushecky. "The Wall" tells the story of Springsteen's visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and memories of Walter Cichon, a New Jersey musician who did not return home from the Vietnam War. "Walter was one of the great early Jersey Shore rockers, who along with his brother Ray (one of my early guitar mentors) led the Motifs. The Motifs were a local rock band who were always a head above everybody else. Raw, sexy and rebellious, they were the heroes you aspired to be," Springsteen explained.

Morello also inspired the performances of two covers that ended up being recorded. "Just Like Fire Would" is a cover of Australian punk rock band The Saints' 1986 single, while "Dream Baby Dream" is a cover of the protopunk band Suicide's 1979 single. A version of Springsteen's cover of "Dream Baby Dream" was released in September 2013 as a music video tribute to the fans who attended the Wrecking Ball Tour. In 2005, Springsteen closed out shows on his solo Devils & Dust Tour performing the song on a mellotron.

According to Aniello, songs such as "Cold Spot", "Hey Blue Eyes", "American Beauty" and "Mary Mary" were among the 20 songs recorded that did not make the final cut. Those songs, with the exception of "Cold Spot", were released on the American Beauty EP in April 2014.

Release and Promotion

On December 28, 2013, Amazon.com made the album available for purchase as individual MP3 files through their mobile application. Amazon quickly removed the files, but it was too late and the album leaked by mid-day.

On January 12, 2014, the television series The Good Wife featured snippets of three songs ("High Hopes", "Hunter of Invisible Game" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad") during the episode. Usage of Springsteen's songs was part of a deal between his label and the CBS television network to gain wider exposure for the album in an unconventional way and lure his baby boomer fans to the show and the network's website. Springsteen said, "This is music I always felt needed to be released. I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing" in a statement discussing the CBS deal.

On January 14, 2014, the entire episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was dedicated to Springsteen. Springsteen and the E Street Band, with Tom Morello but without Steven Van Zandt (who was filming Lilyhammer), performed "High Hopes", "Heaven's Wall" and "Just Like Fire Would". The latter song was streamed online and was not shown on television. Springsteen and Fallon, both dressed as Springsteen from the Born in the U.S.A. era, performed a parody song to the theme of "Born to Run" titled "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam", poking fun at the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. Springsteen was also interviewed.

On April 4, 2014, HBO aired Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes, an 30-minute documentary on the making of High Hopes. In May 2014, Sony Music Netherlands released a 45-minute documentary to YouTube titled High Hopes In South Africa which documented Springsteen and the E Street Band's first-ever concerts in South Africa.

Critical Reception

High Hopes garnered generally positive reception from music critics. At Metacritic, the album holds a weighted average Metascore of 67 out of 100, based upon 37 reviews, indicating generally favorable reception. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated it three-and-a-half stars, stating that, "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." At Rolling Stone, David Fricke rated the album four-and-a-half stars, writing that, "The cumulative effect of this mass of old, borrowed, blue and renewed – covers, recent outtakes and redefining takes on two classics – is retrospect with a cutting edge, running like one of the singer's epic look-ma-no-set-list gigs: full of surprises, all with a reason for being there." Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly graded the album a B, stating that the release "crackles with immediacy, despite the cobbled-together nature of the material." At The Independent, Andy Gill rated the album four stars, noting that "Though lacking the thematic unity one expects from Springsteen albums, High Hopes has much to recommend it, particularly the way that Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has re-invigorated old material".

Leonie Cooper of NME rated the album an eight out of ten, writing that Springsteen is "Still The Boss." Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune gave the album 2 stars out of 4 saying "if there's a thread tying these disparate tunes together, it's the singer's desire to update his sound." The writer praised "Just Like Fire Would," "Hunter of Invisible Game," and "The Wall," but described the album as "otherwise ho-hum." At The A.V. Club, David Anthony graded it a C+, stating that "Springsteen splashes his brightest colors against a canvas, crosses his fingers, and hopes they mesh." Jessica Hopper of Spin rated the album five out of ten, commenting that "This is the small tragedy of the uneven High Hopes: that it doesn't play like a Springsteen album." At Pitchfork, Stephen M. Deusner rated the album a four out of ten, noting that "the thick arrangements distract from the good songwriting and conceal the bad, often to the extent that it’s impossible to discern which is which."

Jesse Cataldo of Slant rated the album three stars, writing that, "Springsteen aligns himself with a long tradition of folksingers, and as a devotee of protest music, he clearly understands the genre's responsibility in identifying such trends; the specific instances that create the songs may change, but the deeper inequalities that inspire them don't." At The Guardian, Ian Gittins rated the album three stars, noting that, "High Hopes may be a stopgap, but it is one assembled with tender, loving care." USA Today's Edna Gundersen's review, which ran under the headline, "Grab-bag material could hurt Springsteen's 'High Hopes'," cited "mixed reviews and a lukewarm sales forecast." She quoted Billboard magazine associate director of charts/retail Keith Caulfield who said, "Wrecking Ball did 196,000 its first week. It's safe to say this won't do that. But anything Bruce puts out sells respectably." Gundersen also reported Caulfield saying, Of Springsteen's decision to allow his music to be used for The Good Wife television show, "He's doing what everyone's doing, reaching consumers that are going to buy their music."

In December 2014, Rolling Stone named High Hopes the second best album (behind only U2's Songs of Innocence) on their Top 50 Albums of 2014 list.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Bruce Springsteen, except where noted.

  • The album was also released on 180-gram vinyl as a double LP. The CD version of the album also came packaged with the LP.
  • The deluxe version of the album included a limited edition DVD titled Born in the U.S.A. Live: London 2013, featuring the band performing the entire Born in the U.S.A. album in London, England, during the Wrecking Ball World Tour.

Personnel

The E Street Band

  • Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals (all tracks), guitar (all tracks), percussion (tracks 1, 3, 7), bass (track 6), percussion loop (track 6), organ (tracks 6, 7), synthesizers (tracks 6, 8, 12), piano (tracks 8, 12), banjo (tracks 5, 8), mandolin (tracks 7, 8, 12), vibraphone (track 1), drums (track 11), harmonium (track 12)
  • Roy Bittan – piano (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12), organ (track 8)
  • Clarence Clemons – saxophone (tracks 2, 5)
  • Danny Federici – organ (tracks 5, 11)
  • Nils Lofgren – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 11), background vocals (track 3)
  • Patti Scialfa – background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11)
  • Garry Tallent – bass (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Steven Van Zandt – guitar (track 3), background vocals (tracks 3, 4, 7, 8)
  • Max Weinberg – drums (except tracks 8 and 11)

Additional musicians

  • Ron Aniello – drum loops (track 1), percussion loops (6, 12), bass (7, 8, 10, 12), synthesizers (6, 8, 10, 11, 12), guitar (7, 8, 12), 12–string guitar (track 4), farfisa organ (track 6), accordion (track 11), vibraphone (track 3)
  • Tom Morello – guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12), lead vocals (track 10)
  • Jake Clemons – saxophone (tracks 3, 4)
  • Charles Giordano – organ (tracks 3, 4), accordion (track 10)
  • Ed Manion – saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 12)
  • Soozie Tyrell – violin (tracks 5, 10), additional violin (track 9), background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8)
  • Sam Bardfeld – violin (tracks 6, 7, 8)
  • Everett Bradley – background vocals (tracks 1, 4), percussion (tracks 1, 4, 6)
  • Barry Danielian – trumpet (tracks 1, 3, 4, 12)
  • Josh Freese – drums (track 8)
  • Clark Gayton – trombone, tuba (tracks 1, 3, 4, 12)
  • Stan Harrison – saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 12)
  • Curtis King – background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
  • Cindy Mizelle – background vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
  • Michelle Moore – background vocals (tracks 1, 4)
  • Curt Ramm – trumpet (tracks 1, 3, 4, 12), coronet (track 11)
  • Evan Springsteen – background vocals (track 5)
  • Jessica Springsteen – background vocals (track 5)
  • Samuel Springsteen – background vocals (track 5)
  • Cillian Vallely - uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle (track 8)

Credits

Art Direction, Design: Michelle Holme
Booking [Booking Agency]: Creative Artists Agency
Booking [Booking Agency]: Rob Light
Booking [Booking Agent]: Barry Bell
Contractor [Musician Contractor]: Shari Sutcliffe
Contractor [Strings Contractor]: Patricia Horst
Contractor [Strings Contractor]: Sandra Park
Coordinator [Production Coordination]: Toby Scott
Engineer [Assistant (Berkeley Street Studio)]: Brandon Duncan
Engineer [Assistant (Nrg Studios)]: Kyle Hoffman
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Avatar Studios)]: Mike Bauer
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (East West Studios)]: Brendan Dekora
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Electric Lady Studios)]: Joe Viscano
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Electric Lady Studios)]: John Horne
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Electric Lady Studios)]: Phil Joly
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Record Plant)]: Benjamin Rice
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Record Plant)]: Daniel Zaidenstadt
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Sear Sound)]: Owen Mulholland
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Sear Sound)]: Ted Tuthill
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Southern Tracks)]: Karl Egsieker
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Southern Tracks)]: Tom Tapley
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Studios 301)]: Jack Prest
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Studios 301)]: Jordan Power
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Studios 301)]: Luke Yeoman
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Studios 301)]: Sean Astill
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Studios 301)]: Tom Astill
Engineer [Assistant Engineer (Village Studios)]: Alex Williams
Engineer [Protools (Southern Tracks)]: Billy Bowers
Engineer [Recording Engineer]: Nick Didia
Engineer [Recording Engineer]: Ross Petersen
Engineer [Recording Engineer]: Toby Scott
Legal: Allen Grubman
Legal: Artie Indursky
Legal: Don Friedman
Legal: Mona Okada
Liner Notes: Bruce Springsteen
Management: Allison Oscar
Management: Barbara Carr
Management: Jan Stabile
Management: Jon Landau
Management: Laura Kraus
Management [Business Management]: Nancy Chapman
Management [Business Management]: Patty Defrancesco
Management [Business Management]: Teresa Polyak
Management [Publicity]: Marilyn Laverty
Mastered By: Bob Ludwig
Photography By: Danny Clinch
Photography By [Assistant]: Edward Smith
Photography By [Assistant]: Nyra Lang
Recorded By [Additional Recording]: Bob Clearmountain
Recorded By [Additional Recording]: David Schiffman
Recorded By [Additional Recording]: Geoff Sanoff
Recorded By [Additional Recording]: Kevin Mills
Recorded By [Additional Recording]: Rob Lebret
Technician [Guitars And Technical Services]: Kevin Buell
Written-By: Bruce Springsteen
 

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