Wow. Just Wow. How do you call this disc a masterpiece, from the man who gave us “Born to Run”, “Born in the USA”, “The Rising”, and others? But make no mistake: “Western Stars” IS a masterpiece. It is all at once epic, sweeping, majestic, and captures it’s genre perfectly. I can hear the Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell influences, yet it’s so much more than that. It’s so sublime it’s beautiful.
Back in the 50s and 60s Hollywood developed a wide screen process of movies called CinemaScope that was supposed to give the viewer the feeling of wide open spaces. “Western Stars” does that: the feeling of the west, and those wide open spaces.
The orchestration on this record is incredible. Not a single instrument sounds out of place. Rather than go track by track, this album needs to be heard as a whole to appreciate it’s beauty and openness. There have been country artists who’ve crossed over to have pop hits; this album will have Bruce cross over to the country charts. But it’s not really a country album. More of an adult oriented album with country undertones.
I wish Bruce would reconsider and tour this incredible new music with an orchestra, or at the very least the musicians that played on the album. It would sell out immediately.
- Vinyl (14 June 2019)
- Original Release Date: 14 June 2019
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Columbia
- Run Time: 51 minutes
- ASIN: B07QXTFPGX
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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