long time fan
Bruce has always been one of my favorites period. his early stuff was great, I particulrly like the solo stuff, The Rising and his venture into folk all great, but starting with Magic, The albums left me a little dissapointed while in each album there are gems, I am not used to filler in a springsteen album and the pop direction he took the music was not my bag, this album has so much I have already purchased. . Half of the cd has been previously released, The ghost tom joad, High Hopes, Dream Baby Dream, American skin. the wall is a instant classic. I have high hopes the next album will be better
still love you Bruce
The Boss has not done anything in decades that can match what he did when he was in his prime. His live shows (74-79) were incredible. I think the last truly great album he made was Darkness on the Edge of Town. A poster of the album cover hangs on my bedroom wall. I did like Tunnel of Love. Thanks for the memories Bruce. You will always be #1 in my heart.
Tired old fans?
By Alexander D. Great
For those who despise Mr. Springsteen political views so much, feel free to go and listen to Mr. scratch cat fever.
By Magic rAT 78
Great dark rocker- Its where Rosalita,Wendy,Puerto Rican Jane and the Barefoot girl all end up after a bender- Bruce keeping it fresh. Tom Morello a big plus on some of these tracks- 5 stars
By GW in PA
I had "High Hopes" for this when I bought it, but those were dashed. However, he has made so much great music and put on such great shows in his career that I am not going to go on about it.
Wrecking Ball is still my favorite but this has some really good songs! Not as much energy but a quieter brilliance.
Not the same sounding Bruce
I love the sound of this CD! It definitely sounds like 2014. I've listened to it three times in the last couple of days and I like the Tom Morello sound of the guitars. Good direction for Bruce. Keep it up.
After reading some of the previous reviews, I was a bit skeptical about High Hopes. But, (not to my surprise), High Hopes is a solid piece of work. The alternate version of TGofTJ is fantastic; I can't stop listening to it. Do yourself a favor..this needs to be in your collection. Once again, Bruce proves why he is The Boss!
Focus should be on quality - not on quantity!
This album is certainly better than Wrecking Ball. However, the majority of his work in the past few years has not been up to usual Springsteen standards. He appears to be giving us quantity, while we're looking for quality.
Personally, I'd prefer for him to take whatever time it'd take to produce one final blockbuster album that would certainly seal his legacy in music history. I believe that he still has one more super album in him. He just needs to devote time in the studio (as he did in the early days) to show that he can still record powerful and meaningful music. Not just "little ditties".
Yes, Bruce, your longtime fans are still alive out here! And we still have reason to believe that you're still the Boss. We just need you to show us that your musical genius is still alive in you.
Music is now his hobby
I like the cover of the Havelina's 'High Hope's' but there isn't much else here to interest me. I own every song the man has released and he's starting to lose me. Great writer in his day. Great performer to this day. It's hard to write and connect with the common man when it's been almost forty years since he's been one. Life is different for him now...and that is most certainly reflected in his music.