Stream Springsteen’s “High Hopes” right here, then later in a primetime TV drama, what in the what?

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Well, not here, but HERE on Slate.com.

The stream is also available via Stereogum and CBS, the latter of which will build an episode of “The Good Wife” around the songs on the album. Which is how you promote albums these days, assuming you’re not playing halftime at the Super Bowl or the center of some luxury car advertising campaign or professional sport advertising campaign, or getting back together with the old band, or Opening Up about your Heartbreak or your Brave Recovery from Whatever, and so on and on and on.

In earlier times you’d think such artistic compromises would be cardinal sins; hard evidence of a broken spirit and/or moral chaos. But these days….when it comes to getting your work across to the people you do what you gotta do.

Bottom line: The album sounds good in my ears. Not quite the tectonic plate-rumbler of Wrecking Ball, but well above the confused mishmash of Workin’ On a Dream. What we have here is a decade-plus of studio leftovers, stage-enhanced versions of acoustic tunes and a handful of well-chosen cover songs.

Video of the day: Springsteen’s “High Hopes”

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By now you probably know: 1. That Bruce Springsteen’s new album, his 18th long-player of original(ish) recordings and compositions, is called High Hopes. 2. That it includes 12 songs, including several cover songs including the title track. 3. Which track has been released online today. 4. Along with this strikingly cool video, which takes the fractured mosaic visual style from the last few videos to new levels of action, imagery and symbolic whiz-bangery. 5. The album will be released on January 14, 2014, two months shy of the 2nd anniversary of Wrecking Ball‘s release date in March, 2012.

What strikes me at first viewing: That Tom Morello is the most (only?) visible band member; That the wah-wah guitar thing that happens about 2/3 of the way into the tune is “Shaft”-ing its way to the tippy-top of my heart; That the stop-motion/repeat-motion thing that happens at the same time, showing Bruce ripping at his acoustic guitar, captures the tension/fire in his performances in a new and striking way.

Check it out here: