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Bruce Springsteen's scorn-filled High Hopes is full of relevance for today

by Josh Hollands
Issue No. 2386

This collection of re-imagined live favourites and outtakes was pieced together over the past year while touring the world. 

Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello who appears on most of High Hopes describes it as a “timeline.” 

Nevertheless it is full of scorn-filled relevance for today. Classics like the Ghost of Tom Joad, about recurring American depressions, and American Skin (41 Shots), a song reflecting on police murdering young black men, are reimagined with newfound clarity.

Certainly not as strong as 2012’s Wrecking Ball but well worth checking out.

High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen, Columbia records



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Tue 14 Jan 2014, 18:22 GMT
Issue No. 2386
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