The Rising

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2002
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 95
  2. Negative: 11 out of 95

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  1. JulianE.
    Aug 26, 2002
    6
    Maybe it's because I'm Australian and I don't get Springsteen, but aside from the fact that he's been brave enough to tackle the awful tragedy of 9/11 and admirably kept it down to earth - it doesn't make this pedestrian set of songs with bland eighties production values thrilling music. I only write this b/c I am baffled by the stellar reviews and had to put Maybe it's because I'm Australian and I don't get Springsteen, but aside from the fact that he's been brave enough to tackle the awful tragedy of 9/11 and admirably kept it down to earth - it doesn't make this pedestrian set of songs with bland eighties production values thrilling music. I only write this b/c I am baffled by the stellar reviews and had to put something down! Expand
  2. LydiaE.
    Aug 2, 2002
    6
    Lyrics too greeting card simple unlike the ineffable poetry of most of his work. The music without surprise or dimension, excepting the bone marrow glimmer of Missing and the Sufi track.....
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Springsteen refuses to allow himself either vengefulness or excessive pride, and he avoids too-literal musings on the tragedy that ultimately undermined songs like Neil Young's "Let's Roll."
  2. Spin
    80
    The most eloquent artistic response yet to the World Trade Center tragedy. [Sep 2002, p.130]
  3. 90
    Both sober and celebratory, The Rising makes a strong case for the transcending power of rock and roll.