Western Stars opens with Bruce Springsteen thumbing a lift on the highway, “a rolling stone just rolling on”. “Catch me now, tomorrow I’ll be gone,” he sings. His 19th album “came almost out of nowhere,” he explained — but unfortunately it does not lead to a satisfying destination.

Produced by Ron Aniello, who worked on Springsteen’s last album, 2014’s High Hopes, Western Stars follows a fruitful period of self-reckoning for Springsteen.

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