Leave it to Springsteen to make letter writing cool again. With his new album, recorded in just five days with the E Street Band at his New Jersey home studio, Bruce Springsteen, who celebrated his 70th birthday last September following a Tony Award–winning run of Springsteen on Broadway, returns to his rock ’n’ roll roots and the showbiz influences running through them.

Springsteen first dropped the news of a new album during a 2019 conversation with Martin Scorsese about the Netflix-released production of Springsteen on Broadway. During their talk, Springsteen referred to artists as “a gateway to a larger experience that’s bigger than yourself and your audience.”