The Rising

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2002
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. He sounds as genuinely hurt and confused as any of us, but if he's gained any insight into that hurt or confusion, he's not about to express it.
  2. Anyone hoping that this reunion with his old band would mean Springsteen's found his focus and was ready to rededicate himself to the freewheelin' spunk of his "classic" period will surely be disappointed with The Rising.
  3. The Rising is a tiresome battle between the sheer spirit that Bruce and his sidekicks invest in their work and the material itself, which is underwritten and overproduced.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. ScottH
    Feb 13, 2006
    10
    Bruce does it again.
  2. RyanM.
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    It seems uncanny how many great songs are on this record. One of the few albums where I never skip a track.
  3. Sep 30, 2017
    9
    While the title of the record isn't autobiograhpical for Springsteen, it might as well have been. I'm not sure if Bruce ever completely lostWhile the title of the record isn't autobiograhpical for Springsteen, it might as well have been. I'm not sure if Bruce ever completely lost his mojo (1995's The Ghost of Tom Joad is evidence enough that he maintained his sharpness) but many will agree that the once insuppressible Rock N Roller from New Jersey lost something other than his band during the mid to late 80's. The renaissance of The Boss began with this reflective yet hopeful record. Over the decade and a half since his comeback with this album, he's managed to produce at least 4 truly great records. Springsteen hadn't sounded so appealling to the masses in almost 20 years before this and the majority of songs here woulnd't be out of place on any of his classic records between 1975 and 1984. The tunes have a big big sound, the lyrics are full of typical Springsteen slogan's of positivity and hope and while the cynic might call them cheesy at times, they couldn't be more suited for purpose on "The Rising". With plenty of epics and not a bad song to be found, "The Rising" is a must have record. I would place this right up their with his very best work. Full Review »