Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’

Bruce Springsteen

Aidin Vaziri | When an artist puts out an album built around scraps from the past, it usually signals a mid-career stall. But you wouldn’t be able to tell listening to Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio recording, “High Hopes,” which sees the 64-year-old New Jersey rock icon reviving a set of outtakes, covers and live favorites at full throttle. According to producer Ron Aniello, who also did 2012’s “Wrecking Ball,” these are songs that just didn’t fit anywhere else. Together they make a pretty decent Springsteen album, opening with a blustery cover of the Tim Scott McConnell-penned title track and closing with the Boss’ wistful take on Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream.” In between, he breathes new life into a couple of his own anthems, such as “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” now featuring Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello on guitar, and “American Skin (41 Shots),” both of which sound more relevant now than ever.