Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen latest album High Hopes is a collection of unreleased material and new versions of previously released songs from The Boss's deep catalogue. Some of the tracks are very familiar to Bruce fans, like "American Skin (41 Shots)" and "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Springsteen began working on the album during an Australian tour on which guitarist Steven Van Zandt was unable to participate; instead former Rage Against the Machine guitarist (and friend of Bruce) Tom Morello was taking Little Steven's spot. During breaks in the tour, Bruce recorded with Morello and other members of the E Street Band. In all, seven songs on the album are listed as "Featuring Tom Morello."

Since some of these songs had been previously recorded, late E Streeters Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici appear on the album, in some of their final appearances.

Odds and ends albums like High Hopes often end up being more a fan release and not so much geared toward the mainstream listener, but many of Springsteen's musical cast-offs would still be amongst the best material by most other artists.

That said, despite some terrific compositions, High Hopes proabably falls somewhere between a Bruce album for the general public and a fan-only release. It's an enjoyable listen (particularly the middle of the album, around the "Heaven's Wall" and "Frankie Fell in Love") but will likely not be something that you'll be hitting the "repeat" button after the initial interest begins to fade.