Bruce Springsteen Praises Kanye West
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.16.2014
The Boss approves...
In an interview with NPR, Bruce Springsteen spoke about his new album High Hopes and praised Kanye West. Here are highlights:
On remaking older versions of his songs: "The past couple of records I tried — well, on Wrecking Ball, we got "Land of Hope and Dreams" out. If I have a song that I feel is really one of my best songs, I like it to have a formal studio recording because I believe that something being officially released on a studio record gives it a certain authority that it doesn't quite have if it comes out on a live album or is just a part of your show, you know."
On "The Ghost of Tom Joad": "'The Ghost of Tom Joad,' the version that I do with Tom [Morello], was sort of my original realization of it. I originally wrote it as a rock song for the E Street Band and we didn't quite pull it off and that led to The Ghost of Tom Joad acoustic album, but I always had in my mind that, you know, that was its inception. That was how it was originally conceived, so we started to fool around with it onstage. I came up with a version of it and then Tom walked in one night and just exploded the boundaries of the thing and turned it into just something else. So, OK, we need — I want — that on a formal studio recording and I want "American Skin" on a formal studio recording because I think it may be one of my best songs ever, you know, but it's certainly, it needed to be represented outside of the sort of context it was originally presented in and I just, I just still feel deeply, deeply connected to the song."
On Kanye West: "West is incredible, you know? I mean, the record-making facility, there's a lot of hours in those records. There's just the production. I saw him on television, he did one song called 'Blood On The Leaves' on 'Later… With Jools Holland'. It was fantastic, he's very talented. I find him very talented. I'm not necessarily driving to it in my car, I probably fall back to the stuff I was listening to as a kid or something if I'm driving around, but I do listen. I listen to a lot because there's so much information in it and it's just fascinating record-making."