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. 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.
  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. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  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. Oct 17, 2016
    9
    ...............................A Masterpiece!!!! Little affected by two weak tracks with weak melodies "The Fuse" & "Further up (on the road),...............................A Masterpiece!!!! Little affected by two weak tracks with weak melodies "The Fuse" & "Further up (on the road), " but the rest is Awesome a Masterpiece even..... Full Review »