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Out Now: ‘Western Stars,’ the Dust-Swept New Solo Album of Americana from Bruce Springsteen (Listen)

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Bruce Springsteen may have unintentionally undercut his own new album, Western Stars, with recent talks of reconvening with the E Street Band for a new album and tour — but the record, out today, deserves its own attention. Pick up a copy of the record now at this link.

The LP finds the Boss visiting the troubadour/storyteller persona he’s used heavily throughout his career, and the songs boast some robust production flourishes. Look no further than “The Wayfarer,” which gives way to flittering orchestral accompaniment after a few verses of traditional Springsteenian singer/songwriter fare:

The album’s title track, “Western Stars,” also received its own music video treatment just in time for the album release:

As the album’s initial news release detailed, Western Stars features a host of additional musicians and instruments in addition to Springsteen himself:

Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks.  The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst. 

Stream Western Stars below, via Spotify:

Springsteen has no formal plans to tour for this album specifically, but he did recently hint at more activity with the E Street Band soon:

Reports circulated regarding something Springsteen said in a new interview with an Italian newspaper, la Repubblica (as quoted by Rolling Stone), indicating that he is fully preparing for a slew of new activities with the E Street Band soon:

“We will go on tour next year. I’ll record with the E Street Band in autumn and, when we are done, we’ll go on tour. Of course I’ll come to Rome. I love it.”

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