“It stands comparison with his very best solo albums” ★★★★★ The Telegraph

“Nothing short of a late-period masterpiece… A must-have for anyone with a heart” ★★★★★ The Independent

“Transcendent… powerful” ★★★★☆ – Album of the Week – The Guardian

“’Springsteen reaching for the Great American novel” ★★★★☆ Q

“One of rock’s most enduring stars” ★★★★☆ The Daily Mail

“Springsteen abandons anthemic rock to make a marvellous job of Nashville-style pathos.” ★★★★☆ Metro

Majestic in its scale, but traditional in its subject matter and narratives, ‘Western Stars’ is a wonderful thing” ★★★★☆ NME

“An understated triumph” 8/10 Clash

“A classy record from a man growing increasingly comfortable with his status as an elder statesman of classic rock” 7.5/10 The Line of Best Fit

Bruce Springsteen’s 19th studio album ‘Western Stars’ is out today on Columbia Records. The 13- track release marks Springsteen’s first new studio record in five years. Produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello, the album draws inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. ‘Western Stars’ features music from more than 20 players, including Patti Scialfa, Jon Brion, David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell.

To celebrate the release, Springsteen has also shared a music video for the album’s title track. Directed by Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Thom Zimny, the video features Springsteen in scenes inspired by the song’s lyrics, performance footage and vignettes shot in Joshua Tree, California.

‘Western Stars’ is the second Thom Zimny-directed video from the new album. Springsteen previously shared a Zimny-helmed performance clip of “Tucson Train,” which Esquire referred to as “heart-swelling,” adding “Springsteen seems to be steadying his gaze on the grittier, more difficult corners of his mind.” Prior to the two visual pieces, Springsteen shared ‘Hello Sunshine’ from Western Stars, which NPR Music said “has a kinship with great country philosophers like Willie Nelson and Charlie Rich.” He also shared ‘There Goes My Miracle’ from the album, which Billboard noted “reveals a whole different gear from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.”


Western Stars Song Titles 

1. Hitch Hikin’

2. The Wayfarer

3. Tucson Train

4. Western Stars

5. Sleepy Joe’s Café

6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman)

7. Chasin’ Wild Horses

8. Sundown

9. Somewhere North of Nashville

10. Stones

11. There Goes My Miracle

12. Hello Sunshine

13. Moonlight Motel

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen

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