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Western Stars
Western Stars
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 2019 (2019-06-14)
StudioStone Hill Studio, New Jersey
GenreCountry[1], Americana, rock
Length50:50
LabelColumbia
ProducerRon Aniello
Bruce Springsteen chronology
The Live Series: Songs of Hope
(2019)
Western Stars
(2019)
Singles from Western Stars
  1. "Hello Sunshine"
    Released: April 26, 2019
  2. "There Goes My Miracle"
    Released: May 17, 2019
  3. "Tucson Train"
    Released: May 30, 2019
  4. "Western Stars"
    Released: June 14, 2019

Western Stars is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released through Columbia Records on June 14, 2019.[2] It was produced by Ron Aniello, who worked with Springsteen on his two previous albums: Wrecking Ball (2012) and High Hopes (2014). The album marks Springsteen's first new studio album of solo material since 2005's Devils & Dust.

A documentary film on the making of the album will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019, with a wide release set for the following month. However, he is not expected to do a tour for the album and announced that he will shift focus towards recording a new album with the E Street Band in the fall of 2019.[3][4]

Background

Springsteen stated in April 2019 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 in April 2019, 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".[5]

Singles

"Hello Sunshine" was released on April 26 as the lead single, along with a music video.[1] "There Goes My Miracle" was released as the album's second single on May 17, 2019.[6][7] The album's third single, "Tucson Train", was released on May 30, 2019, along with a music video directed by Thom Zimny.[8] A music video for the album's fourth single, "Western Stars", also directed by Zimny, was released on June 14, 2019.

Film

It was announced on July 23, 2019 that Springsteen will world premiere his co-directed film, Western Stars, at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The film marks the first directing credit for Springsteen and was co-directed by his longtime collaborator Thom Zimny. The film features Springsteen and his backing band and full orchestra performing the music from the album to a live audience.[9]

Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the festival, said of the film, "We have Bruce Springsteen's directorial debut at the festival, I think he's got a big future ahead of him. It's largely performance, but there is a framing to it. It's very filmic, which is what attracted me. The album and the film are both about this fading Western movie B-level star who's looking back on his life and the decisions he's made. That narrative and that character shape all the songs. In between the songs, you've got Bruce really talking about this character he invented, the story he wrote for the character, and how it reflects back on his own life as he ages and other kind of narratives he's had in his previous albums."[10]

Warner Bros. Pictures will be releasing the film in October.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[12]
The Guardian4/5 stars[13]
NME4/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork7.8/10[15]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[16]

Western Stars received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from selected mainstream critics, the album received a metascore of 84, which is based on 31 reviews indicating "universal acclaim."[17] 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."[18]

Commercial performance

Western Stars debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 (behind Madonna's Madame X) with 66,000 album-equivalent units, of which 62,000 were pure album sales. It is Springsteen's 20th US top 10 album.[19]

Track listing

All tracks written by Bruce Springsteen.

No.TitleLength
1."Hitch Hikin'"3:37
2."The Wayfarer"4:18
3."Tucson Train"3:31
4."Western Stars"4:41
5."Sleepy Joe's Café"3:14
6."Drive Fast (The Stuntman)"4:16
7."Chasin' Wild Horses"5:03
8."Sundown"3:17
9."Somewhere North of Nashville"1:52
10."Stones"4:44
11."There Goes My Miracle"4:05
12."Hello Sunshine"3:56
13."Moonlight Motel"4:16
Total length:50:50

Charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 3
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 4
Czech Albums (?NS IFPI)[25] 9
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[26] 4
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[27] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[31] 16
Irish Albums (IRMA)[32] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[33] 1
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[34] 16
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[35] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[36] 1
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[37] 12
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[38] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[39] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[40] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[41] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 1
US Billboard 200[19] 2

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[44] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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