Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’

If you’re expecting brand-new material from Bruce Springsteen, this isn’t it. Instead, he culls his archives for previously unreleased tracks that are given fresh treatments, mixed with cover songs from the Aussie band the Saints and New York legends Suicide, along with fleshed-out studio versions of live favorites “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and protest anthem “American Skin (41 Shots).” It's an odds-and-sods collection featuring the E Street Band, added string players, and guitarist Tom Morello, the former Rage Against the Machine mainstay who filled in for Steven Van Zandt on Springsteen’s Australian tour. Morello is all over this album with mixed results. There are some great songs here. “Down in the Hole” is a searing outtake from Springsteen’s post 9/11 album, “The Rising.” “Frankie Fell in Love” feels like a classic Springsteen rocker, while “The Wall” is a startling lament about visiting the Vietnam War Memorial. “High Hopes” is a potent valentine for diehard fans. (Out Tuesday)


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