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Western Stars is Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album that was released on June 14, 2019 by Columbia Records.

The album marks Springsteen's first new studio album of solo material since his 2005 album, "Devils & Dust."

TracklistingEdit

  1. Hitch Hikin' 3:38
  2. The Wayfarer 4:18
  3. Tucson Train 3:32
  4. Western Stars 4:41
  5. Sleepy Joe's Café 3:15
  6. Drive Fast (The Stuntman) 4:16
  7. Chasin' Wild Horses 5:04
  8. Sundown 3:17
  9. Somewhere North Of Nashville 1:53
  10. Stones 4:44
  11. There Goes My Miracle 4:06
  12. Hello Sunshine 3:56
  13. Moonlight Motel 4:18

Album BackgroundEdit

In April of 2019, Bruce Springsteen stated that the album was influenced by "Southern California pop music" of the 1970s, including artists such as Glen Campbell and Burt Bacharach.

Upon announcing the album, he called it "a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements", with a press release characterizing it as about a "range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope".

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Western Stars" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 (behind Madonna’s album, "Madame X") with 66,000 album-equivalent units (of which 62,000 were pure album sales), making it Springsteen's 20th US top 10 album.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Western Stars" received critical acclaim from music critics.

At Metacritic, the album received a metascore of 84, which is based on 31 reviews indicating "universal acclaim."

Pat Carty in Hot Press described the album as a "heartbreaking yet life-affirmingly beautiful record - both elegiac and warm, a trick few others, if any, could pull off."

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