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American Beauty is a Bruce Springsteen 4-track EP that was released on 19 Apr 2014. Limited to 7,500 copies, the EP was issued on 12-inch vinyl and was distributed exclusively to independent stores throughout North America and Europe that participated in the 7th annual "Record Store Day" campaign. The EP was also released digitally on 22 Apr 2014.
In a March 2014 interview for Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen told Sean Sennett: "It's got some nice things on it. This is material from the past decade. Some were demos that I never cut. [...] I thought it's a nice time to support the record stores, which are dwindling, and get some new music out at the same time."
In the liner notes to American Beauty that were posted on his official website, Bruce Springsteen wrote: "American Beauty is a collection of songs I cut at home. Upon revisiting them for High Hopes I recognized their potential and Ron Aniello and I worked on them until we'd turned them into the music before you."
by Matt Springer April 23, 2014 9:22 AM
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New music from Bruce Springsteen should be a cause for near-universal celebration, and yet with the Boss’ own definition of “new” becoming more malleable with each release, there’s a bit of skepticism that starts to creep in.
Take ‘American Beauty,’ the four-track EP that hit stores on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014 and is now available digitally from iTunes and Amazon. It’s new to us, but the songs come from the same somewhat mysterious vintage as the tracks from January’s full-length album ‘High Hopes.’ One song from ‘Beauty’ is clearly identified as a leftover from the ‘Magic’ sessions in 2007; the other three feature work from producer Ron Aniello and are from more recent projects. All four of them were considered for ‘Hopes,’ which means that rather than being designed for a specific purpose, they were pulled from a mixed bag of tunes that Springsteen is always tinkering with.
That means these songs are leftovers from the leftovers, and they’re best appreciated in that context. Those looking for a revelatory new statement about the nature of human existence in these four songs will be sorely disappointed. But they’re not without their charms.
The title cut takes the melody from ‘Frankie Fell In Love’ (one of the highlights of ‘High Hopes’) and grafts new lyrics onto it, a classic Springsteen “draft song” (think of it as the reverse of the way ‘Mary Lou’ from ‘Tracks’ evolved into the B-side ‘Be True’ over just a few months in 1979). ‘Hurry Up Sundown’ feels like a throwaway, but in a good way; full of distorted guitar and vocals, it’s a windows-down early summer song, with all the depth and meaning (or lack thereof) that implies. ‘Mary Mary’ is a gentle love song with a pulse, a sweet set of lyrics set against strings and an insistent acoustic guitar.
It’s the final cut, ‘Hey Blue Eyes,’ that is the standout. “In this house, we’ve abandoned history,” Springsteen sings, gentle but insistent. With a frightening hush, he unfurls lyrics that dive deep into the black undertow of American ambition. In notes posted online, Springsteen reveals the song was written during the Bush presidency and reflect “the repressed sexuality and abuse of power that characterized Abu Ghraib prison.” With this song, Springsteen drags each of us down into some of humanty’s darkest impulses, leaning over that thin invisible line between lust and hate that lurks within us all.
‘Hey Blue Eyes’ could have been on 2007′s ‘Magic.’ One might argue it should have been. Otherwise, ‘American Beauty’ is a bonus package for the die-hard fan, with some decent tunes that fall squarely in the B-sides/outtakes category. It’s a welcome addition to Springsteen’s catalog, if not an essential one.
1. AMERICAN BEAUTY
2. MARY MARY
3. HURRY UP SUNDOWN
4. HEY BLUE EYES