Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
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Based on 35 reviews
2014 Ratings: #806 / 956
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Based on 71 ratings
2014 Ratings: #507
January 14, 2014 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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There’s a spirit of collaboration that is largely new, a genuine and warm-hearted celebration of past members’ contributions and a celebration of the rowdy, uplifting storm cooked up by the 18-strong modern incarnation of the group.

Drowned in Sound

High Hopes is not going to shock anyone, but it is Springsteen's most vital-sounding set since The Seeger Sessions.


His 18th record is notable for giving his unfathomably sexy version of Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’ a home, and for developing his friendship with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who rocks up for a riff-heavy ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’. 

American Songwriter

High Hopes plays very much like a sequel to Wrecking Ball, but Springsteen is less angry and blameful, more cheerfully weary this time around.


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.

The Line of Best Fit

It feels more like a miscellany marking his rejuvenation after a rather uncertain spell in the 90s, as well as a timely memento of those still-spectacular live shows. 


The decade-spanning covers, outtakes, and remakes here — all these disparate moods and eras — make for an unwieldy mish-mash of an album with its seams apparent.


On High Hopes 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.

Consequence of Sound

High Hopes is a standstill album, momentous for being the first effort in a long time where The Boss appears speechless at the podium.

Just really dragged out and boring, this goes on way too long for an album that is this generic.

Best Track: The Ghost of Tom Joad
Worst Track: Down in the Hole
Not too much diversity in this album to keep me interested to listen on. The album feels cluttered and unfinished to me. There are some okay tracks though, and the guitar work is fine as well.

Favourite tracks: American Skin (41 Shots), High Hopes, The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Unreasonably loud, tries to relocate the past to the present in a monolithic way.
A nearly disaster!
Best Track: American Skin (41 Shots), The Ghost of Tom Joad, or The Wall
Worst Track: High Hopes
Most Overrated Track: Dream Baby Dream
Most Underrated Track: Down In The Hole
Bruce Springsteen returns with his 18th studio album, High Hopes, a collage of acceptable covers and resolved unreleased songs he's worked on in the last decade or so. At 64 years of age, it feels he's only hit mid-way his career. Let the engine keep roaring.
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#2/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. High Hopes [ft. Tom Morello]
  2. Harry's Place  [ft. Tom Morello]
  3. American Skin (41 Shots)  [ft. Tom Morello]
  4. Just Like Fire Would  [ft. Tom Morello]
  5. Down in the Hole
  6. Heaven's Wall  [ft. Tom Morello]
  7. Frankie Fell in Love
  8. This Is Your Sword
  9. Hunter of Invisible Game  [ft. Tom Morello]
  10. The Ghost of Tom Joad  [ft. Tom Morello]
  11. The Wall
  12. Dream Baby Dream  [ft. Tom Morello]
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Added on: November 25, 2013