Do middle-aged women like Bruce Springsteen? I have it on good authority that the answer is yes, which is probably why three songs off “High Hopes” will be featured on next week’s episode of “The Good Wife” on CBS — and the whole album streamed at cbs.com starting Sunday night. It’s an odd little piece of synergy that just might work. And even if it doesn’t, it will provide a listening opportunity for who didn’t grab the album when Amazon pushed the button early on its digital release last week.
Meanwhile, the reviews keep rolling in — and they’re generally positive if not effusive, except for one pan from the ever effervescent NY Post.
• Philly.com: Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’: Uneven odds and ends that rock
• The Independent: A few low notes but the Boss has still got it covered
• Metro: A wistful collection of covers and old songs
• American Songwriter: 3.5 out of 5 stars
• Popdose: The perpetually cranky Dave Lifton kind of likes it
• NY Post: Springsteen’s new album dashes ‘High Hopes’
Meanwhile, all of Andy Greene‘s Rolling Stone features on the album — further proof that he must have the entire Springsteen camp on speed dial — are must-reads for the full story behind “High Hopes”:
• Bruce Springsteen on ‘Anomaly’ of New Album ‘High Hopes’: Exclusive
• Bruce Springsteen Producer Breaks Down ‘High Hopes’: Exclusive
• Tom Morello: ‘Springsteen Concerts Are Orthopedically Exhausting’
The takeaway from that trio of pieces is that even if its not newly written, “High Hopes” is anything but a slapdash effort, having been worked on for well over a year. But what’s important is what you think of it; when you do hear it, be sure to leave your impressions here in the comments. And look for our in-depth review — guaranteed to be the “War and Peace” of “High Hopes” reviews — shortly after the streaming begins.
In the meantime, enjoy further evidence that @GinaGiambone should be on the Springsteen Inc. payroll — her video for “Frankie Fell in Love.”