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Bruce Springsteen's new album leaked to high praise

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Bruce Springsteen performs "Born To Run" during the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen in Los Angeles, California in this February 9, 2013 file photo. Springsteen's hand-written "born to Run" draft fetched $197,000 at Sotheby's Auction December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
MARIO ANZUONI
Bruce Springsteen performs 'Born To Run' during the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen in Los Angeles, California in this February 9, 2013 file photo. Springsteen's hand-written 'born to Run' draft fetched $197,000 at Sotheby's Auction December 5, 2013.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Bruce Springsteen's latest album may have leaked early but initial reviews has it rated as another stellar release.

An audio stream of High Hopes, the 18th album by the New Jersey singer-songwriter, found its way temporarily on Amazon hours before being formally available today as an internet-only pre-release from the CBS website.

Springsteen launched the marketing campaign with the American television channel whereby the album will be released online to American fans after the conclusion of tonight’s episode of the hit drama series The Good Wife.

Eager music critics with the Amazon leak found much to enjoy in The Boss’ latest foray.

“Once again, Springsteen is the minister in the chapel, offering guidance, sympathy and, occasionally, a raised fist of solidarity with the dispossessed,” remarked Tris McCall of The Star-Ledge.

Blogness on the Edge of Town writer Peter Chianca said the album eventually picks up steam.

“By the time that track draws to its haunting conclusion, you’ll likely find that despite the rocky start, the album’s familiar themes of hope, redemption and love’s ability to trump adversity have worked their magic the way they do on any good Springsteen release.”

A CBS spokesperson stated High Hopes will remain exclusively available on the channel’s website before the album is widely next Tuesday.

AP