Bruce Springsteen’s 18th album High Hopes is now streaming online. The 12-track LP is a collection of covers, outtakes, and rerecordings of old songs. It includes takes on the Saints’ “Just Like Fire Would,” Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream,” and Tim Scott McConnell’s “High Hopes” along with new studio recordings of his 2000 Amadou Diallo tribute “American Skin (41 Shots)” and 1995 album title track “The Ghost Of Tom Joad.” Springsteen’s backed on the album by the E Street Band (including the late Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons) and frequent collaborator Tom Morello, who the Boss has credited as his muse on the project. Ron Aniello, Brendan O’Brien, and Springsteen himself produced.
In a promotional tie-in, three songs from High Hopes will appear in next week’s episode of CBS legal drama The Good Wife. (In recent years, Springsteen compositions have appeared in CBS series How I Met Your Mother, CSI: NY, and Cold Case which used nine of the rocker’s songs in a 2006 episode.)
Of course, if you’re a huge Springsteen fan you may have already heard the album online: Amazon.com accidentally leaked High Hopes by temporarily making it available for digital purchase via its mobile site late last month.
High Hopes is out 1/14 via Columbia.