Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album Western Stars is out now on Columbia Records through Sony Music Entertainment Australia. 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.
Listen to Western Stars here.
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.
Watch the 'Western Stars' visual here.
'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 Track Listing
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
9. Somewhere North of Nashville
11. There Goes My Miracle
12. Hello Sunshine
13. Moonlight Motel
All songs written by Bruce Springsteen