The Rising - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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  • Summary: The Boss' first studio album with the E Street Band since 1984's 'Born In The U.S.A.,' 'The Rising' contains 15 new Springsteen songs produced by Brendan O'Brien.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
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  1. 100
    A brave and beautiful album of humanity, hurt and hope from the songwriter best qualified to speak to and for his country.... A towering achievement. [Album of the Month, Sep 2002, p.102]
  2. Springsteen's words may be weighted with the aftershocks of death, but the music, ironically, is animated; unlike ''Joad,'' ''The Rising'' is a pleasure to hear.
  3. Impassioned and bold, this record is a triumph.
  4. 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."
  5. In size and texture it's closer to 1980's The River than anything since. [Sep 2002, p.111]
  6. Too many of the 15 tracks are padding and the entire record is neutered by a production that brushes everything up to a mediocre gloss.
  7. 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.

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  1. Positive: 41 out of 42
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  1. RoyD.
    Aug 2, 2002
    10
    Easily the most diverse Springsteen album ever, "The Rising" hits on all cylinders! From ballads to rockers and all points in between, this Easily the most diverse Springsteen album ever, "The Rising" hits on all cylinders! From ballads to rockers and all points in between, this CD is truly a force. Expand
  2. ScottH
    Feb 13, 2006
    10
    Bruce does it again.
  3. MichaelE.
    Aug 16, 2002
    10
    Not my faqvorite, but perhaps the only album I've heard this year in which EVERY song is equally strong. And I've heard all the big ones.
  4. JakeH
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    The Rising is one of the best songs ever written and Bruce Springsteen is the greatest singer song writer since Bob Dylan
  5. ZackA
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Eloquence in music and lyric that comes from no other master than Bruce Springsteen.
  6. Dec 17, 2013
    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) but many will agree that the once insuppressible Rock N Roller from New Jersey lost something other than his band during the mid 80's. The Renaissance of The Boss began with this reflective yet hopefull record. Over the decade or so since his come back with this album, his output has been incredibly consistent in terms of high quality as seems to continue to feed off the positivity present on this record. 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. With plenty of epics and not a bad song to be found, "The Rising" is a must have record.
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  7. 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 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..... Expand

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