Singer Springsteen: voice still "badass"
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The British photographer and author James Fry recently raved about the Motown band The Four Tops and their lead singer Levi Stubbs: »One hears that Bruce Springsteen wants to be like him.
And he gets close.
But Stubbs is the best voice in pop music.”
Was he aware of the hot lead he was on?
Bruce Springsteen announced a new studio album on Thursday afternoon.
»Only The Strong Survive« will be released on November 11th on Columbia Records, and it includes 15 covers - mostly soul music classics.
Springsteen explained: »I wanted to make an album on which I only sing.
And what better music to work with than the Great American Songbook of the '60s and '70s?' He took a lot from Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, the Iceman Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Dobie Gray and Scott Let Walker inspire.
In the video, Springsteen says that while recording the songs, he "fell in love again with these great songs, great writers, great singers, which I still think are underrated." The titles come from catalogs from labels like Motown, Gamble and Huff or Stax, admired by pop critics for decades.
"My goal is for young audiences to experience its beauty and joy as I experienced it when I first heard the music," Springsteen said in a statement about the album: "I hope you hear that Loved the album as much as I loved creating it.«
Bruce Springsteen's 21st studio album will feature soul singer Sam Moore as a guest on two tracks.
Also featured are the E Street Horns, Rob Mathes arranged the strings, backing vocals by Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton.
It's Springsteen's first studio album since 2020's Letter To You. His debut single was a version of Frank Wilson's Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).
In February, Springsteen goes on an international tour with the E Street Band, which will also take him to Germany for four concerts in June and July.