Wild ride into rolling vistas

The title of Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars alludes to both open skies and celebrated figures from Hollywood westerns, but the sprightly, untamed horse on the cover reflects his career-long "born to run" motif.
The title of Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars alludes to both open skies and celebrated figures from Hollywood westerns, but the sprightly, untamed horse on the cover reflects his career-long "born to run" motif.PHOTO: DANNY CLINCH

Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album, takes its cue from lush 1970s American pop

With vivid characterisation and storytelling tunes set amid the open road and rolling vistas of the American West, United States music icon Bruce Springsteen's newest album, Western Stars, might seem like a detour into country music.

Far from it - his 19th studio album, and his first collection of original tunes since 2012's Wrecking Ball, actually takes its cue from lush 1970s American pop a la the tunes popularised by the likes of Burt Bacharach and Glen Campbell.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline 'Wild ride into rolling vistas'. Print Edition | Subscribe