Bruce Springsteen is going to release a new solo album of a different kind soon, according to his manager Jon Landau. A specific date for the release has not yet been announced, though. It would be Springsteen’s 19th studio effort.
“It’s a wonderful record,” he said. “And we’ll see how the next year unfolds. … We just have a knack for not planning that far ahead. That’s our way.”
However, Landau made it clear that the absence of the E Street Band will not put the album on the line of 1982’s Nebraska, 1995’s The Ghost of Tom Joad and 2005’s Devils & Dust. “I’m not talking about an acoustic record,” he said. “It is, in fact, a very expansive record, a very rich record. It’s one of Bruce’s best creative efforts.”
During an interview with the Rolling Stone back in February, the Boss revealed that he started working on the new album before 2012’s Wrecking Ball then returned to it after High Hopes was released in 2014. Springsteen added that the recording of the song was also completed. But he refused to divulge much details on the album or announce a dated of release.
“It’s unusual to have a record that you’re sitting on,” Springsteen said, adding that he is planning to drop the album the next opening he gets.
When asked for his inspirations when it comes to composing a new song, he said, “Writing is like being hungry. It’s a drive — a primal drive. It’s not anything else.”
He added, “When it’s there, you do it. Usually, you’re trying to figure something out, make sense of some part of your life, something you’re seeing, something you’re experiencing, the world. ‘Wow, I need to contextualize this experience.’ That’s when the hunger comes up, and you find yourself searching, searching, searching. That’s when songs tend to come.”