Bruce Springsteen - 'High Hopes'

Bruce Springsteen's 18th record is a collection of previously unreleased offcuts

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For most artists a collection of previously unreleased offcuts would be released without much fanfare, but Bruce Springsteen is not most artists. 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’. Elsewhere, Bruce’s take on The Saints’ ‘Just Like Fire Would’ brims with the youth of ‘Born To Run’. And he airs his altruistic side too in the affecting ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’, a song originally written in tribute to Amadou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant shot by plain-clothed police officers in New York City in 1999, but more recently performed in honour of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot in February last year. Still The Boss.

Leonie Cooper

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