When it comes to Bruce, even a "minor" album is a major event. "High Hopes" isn't exactly high concept -- its mix of covers, rerecorded songs and previously unreleased tracks makes for a quixotic odds-and-sods collection. But whether he's reinventing the title track -- a Havalinas tune he first recorded for 1995's "Blood Brothers" -- into a brassy showcase of the new-era E Street Band or giving "American Skin (41 Shots)" a masterful studio makeover, the album hits more peaks than valleys.

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