After the Broadway experience comes a new song, and my initial thoughts upon hearing it were not about this track specifically, but what it means for the upcoming "Western Stars" album in June. As Bruce has said, this is a different type of album, not a rocker but a 'return to sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements'.
Another one of his early influences, the great Roy Orbison, also shines through, and as a defender of "Outlaw Pete" from "Magic", (more on that here), this can only be a good thing. His vocal has a country tinge and the pedal steel and strings complete the image.
Given his battles with depression, documented in his autobiography, the lines about "being too fond of the blues" and "loving the lonely place" have an added poignancy.
Is it an instant classic? I think perhaps not, but it certainly has me intrigued for the new album.
"You know I've always liked that empty road..."