The Rising

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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Uncut
    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. 90
    Both sober and celebratory, The Rising makes a strong case for the transcending power of rock and roll.
  4. Blender
    80
    Beginning with "Further On (Up The Road)," Springsteen finds his footing and rides out the album on a stirring high note. [#9, p.140]
  5. In one fell swoop Springsteen has released an album that is chillingly relevant even as much of it, especially the over ballyhooed "Mary's Place", is unabashedly anachronistic.
  6. The Rising somewhat falters in its middle third, as Springsteen struggles to make this a cohesive record.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. ChadS.
    Aug 2, 2002
    10
    Seriously, the world is a better place now that Bruce Springsteen is making vital music again. I just finished watching he, along with the E Seriously, the world is a better place now that Bruce Springsteen is making vital music again. I just finished watching he, along with the E Street Band torch The Late Show with David Letterman. Rivers Cuomo is god! Doesn't quite have the same ring as Bruce Springsteen is god, does it? By the way, if anybody knows the Boss and is reading this message, could you tell him to come to Hawaii? Aloha Stadium holds 50,000. The jab at Weezer stems from my anger at their breaking up a month before their arrival here. Adam Ant cancelled too. Expand
  2. ScottH
    Feb 13, 2006
    10
    Bruce does it again.
  3. PatD.
    Aug 9, 2002
    10
    Love it !!!!! Love it!!!!
  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. Apr 4, 2016
    9
    ...........................................................................................................A Very Good Comeback Album, this...........................................................................................................A Very Good Comeback Album, this album is a Masterpiece, Even with two weak tracks like Further Up (on the road) & The Fuse..... Expand
  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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