—Springsteen, on recording Letter to You[3], Springsteen assembled the E Street Band at his home studio for five days of recording in November 2019 but finished after just four. Details [Dec 2020, p.78] In lieu of touring, which was not possible due to COVID-19, the release was promoted with an online radio station, music videos, … But the Boss is focused on where he stands now — and where he’s going next. [8], Photography for the cover and liner notes was captured by Danny Clinch in late 2018 as Springsteen was in New York City for his stage show Springsteen on Broadway.[9]. Springsteen turned 71 last month, and his 20th studio album, Letter to You, indulges in his past like never before. THE GHOSTS OF TIMES PAST, PRESENT AND FUTUREIt’s important to remember that while many might believe ‘Letter To You’ is a ‘pandemic’ album, it actually predates Coronavirus-19, having been recorded live by Bruce and the E Street Band in just five days at home in New Jersey late in 2019. [28] NME's Leonie Cooper also gave the release five out of five, emphasizing the continuity present in this work that draws together themes across Springsteen's career. [67] By the second week, it had topped 117,000. It may seem like a subtle distinction, but having the E Street Band offer empathic, effortless support lends a dose of magic to the proceedings, offering unspoken connections between those wordy, windy early works, the cascading thunder of Darkness on the Edge of Town, and the naked sentiment of the aging songwriter. Unfortunately, it’s here that the album comes up short. House Of A Thousand Guitars 8. [6] The album was recorded live in studio, with no demos[7] and only minimal overdubs (such as guitar solos, handclaps and backing vocals); it features three tracks originally written prior to Springsteen's 1973 debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N. J.: "If I Was the Priest," "Janey Needs a Shooter" and "Song for Orphans." The release was announced on September 10, with a music video for lead single "Letter to You" published simultaneously. [76] First-week sales in the United Kingdom were 51,800 units, with 95% being physical product and downloads,[72] narrowly behind Lady Gaga's Chromatica for most album sales in the debut week of 2020 (her album having 53,000). [30] Chris Willman of Variety calls this "musical comfort food" and calls this and Western Stars the "high-water marks" of Springsteen's career since 2002's The Rising. The new album from legendary New Jersey artist Bruce Springsteen featuring the E Street Band. The Arts Desk. Letter To You is Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, and is a rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound. * Letter To You is a vibrant and energized album, maybe even just a bit raucous at a few points — even in its heavier moments you can feel a sort of palpable joy coursing through it. Bassist Gary Tallent and violinist Soozie Tyrell opted to remain home due to COVID-19 travel concerns. A rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12 track Letter To You is Bruce’s 20th studio album, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey. It consists of 12 tracks, all written by Springsteen, and clocks at 58:17. [32] Richard Williams of Uncut devotes a lengthy review of Letter to You that places it in the context of Springsteen's career as a milestone release that is ultimately about Springsteen, his relationship with his band, and their relationship with the audience, particularly in their ability to interpret American culture, history, and politics; he gives it a nine out of 10. Letter to You is not an album to snare new listeners, compounded by the fact that it contains a lot of good songs but no spectacular breakout hit: House of a … After months of anticipation, “Letter to You” has finally arrived. [38] Robin Murray of Clash writes that listening to the album is a "moving experience" and rates it an eight out of 10. Letter To You is Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, and is a rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound. Conversely, then, Letter to You is exactly the album some people could use right now, a sledgehammer of succour and uplift, a heroic E Street pile-on … [68] Springsteen tied John Mayer with the most spots topping the Top Rock Albums chart with five. [39], Sam Sodomsky of Pitchfork scored Letter to You a 7.4 out of 10, noting that Springsteen acts as a narrator on the album, "observing the ways that music can sustain us, with a tone pitched between deep reverence and loss... That simple but elusive power forms the thematic heart of the record, and it also informs the sound. I go back to my favourite line ever on GL. Ultimately, what redeems Letter To You from notions of idealised nostalgia is the rigour of its performances, particularly those of Springsteen himself, who for the second successive album is in the singing form of his life. The Paradox of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Studio. Springsteen came across earlier recordings of these songs with John Hammond while assembling a compilation album. [36], In The Wall Street Journal, Mark Richardson considers Letter to You a concept album about music's ability to give life meaning and points out how it closes a chapter on Springsteen's career. [37] Dan DeLuca of The Philadelphia Inquirer also considers the songs "life-affirming", giving it 3.5 out of four stars. Directed by Thom Zimny. Worst of 2020. Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, Letter To You, was released by Columbia Records on October 23.A rock album fueled by the band’s heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12 track Letter To You is Springsteen’s 20th studio album, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey. *Letter to You,* his twentieth studio album, faces mortality, and the finality of death, head on, and is in part a fond look backward, evoking friends and bandmates he has lost along the way. Janey Needs A Shooter 5. Recent Reviews. Now on his 20th album, Letter to You, and at age 71, Springsteen seems to be making sense of all of his brilliant disguises for himself. Letter To You is a vibrant and energized album, maybe even just a bit raucous at a few points — even in its heavier moments you can feel a sort of palpable joy coursing through it. [25] In The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick gave this five out of five stars for being "a celebration of performing music; a roar against the silence enveloping the world". Letter To You. "Letter To You" is the first single from Bruce Springsteen's studio album "Letter To You". *Letter to You,* his twentieth studio album, faces mortality, and the finality of death, head on, and is in part a fond look backward, evoking friends and bandmates he has lost along the way. With Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent. 2mo. [59] In The Morning Sun, Al Alexander More graded the film an A−, noting that Springsteen has laid out a template and wisdom for other musicians to follow. [16] Apple Music hosted Letter to You Radio, a channel where Springsteen interviews fellow musicians such as Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder,[17] along with political discussion from guests such as Jon Stewart. [10], An emoji in the shape of Springsteen was released via Twitter to promote the album on October 14. "Letter To You" is the first single from Bruce Springsteen's studio album "Letter To You". [15] A documentary on making the album directed by Thom Zimny came out via Apple TV+ on October 23. [54] Springsteen had no particular plan for Zimny's narrative or scope for the filming, but the duo decided on black-and-white early on in the process to reflect a "perfectly gray New Jersey day". *Letter to You,* his twentieth studio album, faces mortality, and the finality of death, head on, and is in part a fond look backward, evoking friends and bandmates he has lost along the way. Directed by Thom Zimny. It was officially released on 23 Oct 2020 on Columbia Records. Letter To You 3. And it's also a direct conversation between me and my fans, at a level that I think they've come to expect over the years.". Bruce Springsteen’s 20th studio album — “Letter to You” — hit stores and music streaming services this past Friday and it offers listeners a glimpse into the rock icon’s recent, more spiritual musings.. In the U.S., the album enters at … It was a commercial success, topping several international sales charts. Springsteen told about the song and the album as a whole, "I love the emotional nature of 'Letter To You'.And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we've never done before, and with no overdubs. In lieu of touring, which was not possible due to COVID-19, the release was promoted with an online radio station, music videos, and a custom Twitter emoji. [56], IndieWire's David Ehrlich reviewed the documentary, characterizing it as a "rockin' meditation on death" which is also "an upbeat portrait of someone who isn't going anywhere, even when he leaves us"; he gave the film a B rating. If I Was The Priest 10. “I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. Reviews \ Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You Is a Prayer of Strength and Resilience in the Face of Death For his outstanding 20th album, the Boss … [71] This made Springsteen the first solo artist with a chart-topping album in the United Kingdom across five decades[72] and fell to fourth place the following week. [46] The editorial staff of AllMusic gave Letter to You 4.5 out of five stars, with reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine noting that the performances have a connection with the performers' early material but with a "shared sense of warmth", calling this "a record that's a meditation on mortality into a celebration of what it means to be alive in the moment". Springsteen turned 71 last month, and his 20th studio album, Letter to You, indulges in his past like never before. [60], In The Globe and Mail, Brad Wheeler gave the film 2.5 out of four stars for being "strikingly earnest" and a picture into the close camaraderie of the musicians but noting that it only works as a companion to the album and not as a film itself. [21], Alex McLevy of The A.V. Bruce Springsteen ‘Letter to You’: Release date, concept, tracklist and all the pre-buzz around The Boss’ 20th studio album. [53] As the COVID-19 pandemic rolled out during the creation of the movie, Springsteen and Zimny finished working on it remotely. [74] It was the fastest-selling album of 2020 to date[77] and helped buoy vinyl LP sales in the fourth quarter with over 6,000 copies sold. Last Man Standing 6. [55] The wintertime photography from Danny Clinch and the film's visual appearance as a common metaphor for themse in the lyrics, "which are reflection of the past and some of the spirituality that you find in the music". Listen And Download Below; Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You Lyrics and Tracklist It consists of 12 tracks, all written by Springsteen, and clocks at 58:17. [80], The two singles released from the album, "Letter to You" and "Ghosts" charted at numbers 2 and 5 respectively on the Rock Digital Songs chart. Hit the play button or download this hot new album to your play list. [45] Carl Wilson of Slate gives a positive review but asks "how many Bruce memoirs are too many" in light of Springsteen's recent stage show and book, noting that "songs that are fine on their own simply feel like they’re making the same point the one a couple of tracks ago did". Details [27] Another five-star review by Helen Brown of The Independent declares the music so intimate that the musicians "feel so present and close that listeners might feel they’re violating the pandemic rules". [44] The publication devoted a second review from Kitty Empire who declared it her album of the week, with four out of five stars and calling it a "sledgehammer" of succor for its ability to process emotions of grief and providing uplift. The album was officially announced on 10 Sep 2020. [43] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian named this the Album of the Week, giving it three out of five stars and tempering his review by calling this "a scaling down of ambition" but nonetheless a success. A powerful synthesis of past and present, ‘Letter To You’ shows us the strength that can be found in sorrow. [62] NME supplemented their coverage of the album with another review by Leonie Cooper of the film, calling this a "grief-stricken contemplation on the fragility of life" that has pristine musical performances. [42], The album is "eloquent" according to Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe, who called the record "a celebration of life and a reminder of how rock ’n’ roll can help transcend grief and loss". [74] The ARIA charts had Letter to You as the artist's fifth number-one album in Australia. [61] CNN's Brian Lowry considers the movie a "Valentine" from Springsteen to his bandmates and their fans with "warmth and nostalgia [that] forges a link between the past and the present". [34] Mojo also published a long review of this album, with Keith Cameron giving it four out of five stars, comparing this album to several that Springsteen has released across his career, noting that the musicianship keeps the album from being overly sentimental. [63] Newsday's Robert Levin gave the film four out of four stars, calling it "joyful... magical and, yes... life affirming", noting that the album is also Springsteen's best in years. The real thing I wanted to do was to be a fly on the wall in that moment in that studio just capturing what’s going on, it’s a mystery when you think about it, the E Street Band – what do they do in the studio? [5] The lyrics discuss themes of regret, aging and dying. It's about popular music. One Minute You're Here 2. [73] Springsteen and Madonna each have 12 number-one albums, tied at second place behind Elvis Presley's and Robbie Williams' 13. [23], ―Zimny on his goal in filming the documentary Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You[53], Thom Zimny has worked with Bruce Springsteen for 20 years, documenting live performances, the making of albums, and other film work and the musician suggested that he film the recording of this album. Springsteen does find himself drawn to the good old days, reviving three unrecorded songs from the days separating the split of his first band the Castiles and his contract with CBS, adding them to a clutch of new songs where Bruce ponders what it means to be the "Last Man Standing," surrounded by the spirits of old friends who may no longer be alive but are still a palpable psychic presence. [64], Letter to You debuted in the second spot on the Billboard 200, making Springsteen the first act with new top five-charting albums in each of the last six decades;[67] this was also his 21st album in the top five. "[31] Tyler Clark of Consequence of Sound gave the album a B+ for "boldly looking to the future", with a few tracks that are "plodding" or that "tip into schmaltz". This release received a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 25 reviews. sums up 27 critics with an 8.0 out of 10. ... An album that describes an America from the margins, and that many consider his best. [18], On November 23, 2020, a video for the album's song "The Power of Prayer" was released. Jack Daly of the Disciples of Soul filled in for Tallent. 01․ One Minute You’re Here 02․ Letter To You 03․ Burnin’ Train 04․ Janey Needs A Shooter 05․ Last Man Standing 06․ The Power Of Prayer 07․ House Of A Thousand Guitars 08․ Rainmaker 09․ If I Was The Priest 10․ Ghosts 11․ Song For Orphans 12․ I’ll See You In My Dreams Springsteen told about the song and the album as a whole, "I love the emotional nature of 'Letter To You'.And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we've never done before, and with no overdubs. This shared warmth carries Letter to You through the moments where the younger Bruce is perhaps a bit too precious and the older Springsteen is a bit too clear, turning a record that's a meditation on mortality into a celebration of what it means to be alive in the moment. It's about being in a rock band, over the course of time. Letter to You is Bruce Springsteen’s twentieth studio album and his first with the E Street Band since 2014. And yet, surprisingly, the album as a whole is reminiscent of some of his earliest work, recalling in particular *The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle. 60. With Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent. Letter to You is the twentieth studio album from Bruce Springsteen; it marks his first new studio album with his regular backing band the E Street Band since 2014's High Hopes. [22] With 31 reviews, aggregator Album of the Year considers critical consensus as a 81 out of 100[33] and AnyDecentMusic? Perhaps viewing a thread titled 'letter to you album has leaked' isn't the right thing to be looking at if you don't want to read stuff about the album. [78] In the United States, Letter to You had 78,631 album sales in its first week,[79] including 18,000 on vinyl, making it the second best-selling vinyl album of the year to date behind The Slow Rush by Tame Impala. [3] "If I Was the Priest" has not previously been released by Springsteen but was covered by Allan Clarke in the 1970s[2] and Warren Zevon reworked "Janey Needs a Shooter" for his 1980 album Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School. Rainmaker 9. I go back to my favourite line ever on GL. Letter to You is Bruce Springsteen’s twentieth studio album and his first with the E Street Band since 2014. “I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. [10][1] E Street drummer Max Weinberg continued touring with his group Max Weinberg's Jukebox and used those dates to promote Letter to You. Springsteen’s “Letter,” besides its 75K in album sales, had 7,400 individual track sales and 4.7 million streams. 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