Bruce Springsteen’s Got An Orchestral Rock Album In The Can

Bruce Springsteen hasn’t released an album of all-new music since Wrecking Ball, the E Street Band album that he dropped in 2012. But that doesn’t mean Springsteen hasn’t been recording. According to a new Vanity Fair profile, Springsteen has had a new album ready to go for more than a year, and he calls it “a solo record, more of a singer-songwriter kind of record.”

When Springsteen has ventured away from the E Street Band, it’s historically been so that he could release stripped-down, acoustic records like the classic Nebraska. But this new album isn’t that. Instead, it’s inspired by what Springsteen calls “pop records with a lot of strings and instrumentation,” particularly the ’60s collaborations between Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell. That sounds pretty badass! And it’ll certainly be interesting to hear Springsteen’s raggedy voice singing some smoother fare.

According to Springsteen himself, the album has been done for more than a year. But because he’s been touring and getting ready to publish his memoir Born To Run, he hasn’t had time to do anything with it. But that’ll change soon; the new album is due sometime next year.