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  • Summary: The Boss' first all-covers album contains 13 tracks associated with folkie Pete Seeger.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    It's quite possibly his best album since 1982's Nebraska.
  2. Springsteen does more than just an adequate job; it’s difficult not to get swept along by the infectious energy of his performance.
  3. Less an exhumation than a celebration, The Seeger Sessions is the best proof we've got that America's folksongs are also our finest artifacts.
  4. His most jubilant disc since Born in the U.S.A. and more fun than a tribute to Pete Seeger has any right to be.
  5. 70
    [Springsteen's] loosest, most vigorous album in two decades. [Jun 2006, p.84]
  6. The gusto with which Springsteen delivers the many verses of Froggie Went A-Courtin' leaves me wondering if the millionaire everyman is simply unaware that his country is at war.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 2 out of 52
  1. Sep 26, 2013
    8
    The Boss indulges himself by taking a trip through time to visit some of his influences. It's a fascinating project that brings a set of classic folk songs (a perhaps artists)to a whole new generation. Parts of this remind me of Billy Bragg and Wilco's "Mermaid Avenue" project in that while this is a modern record its got a sound from another time.
    The majority of the songs on "We Shall Overcome" have a bluster and an energy about them that are tailor made for Springsteen's style and you can really see how this kind of music influenced him on his "Wrecking Ball" album. While I can't say I absolutely love this record (I just prefer Springsteen when he's doing his own thing), I don't think there is a bad track on it and it is an enjoyable listening experience. "Mrs McGrath" and "Pay Me My Money Down" are the standout tracks for me but the whole record is worth getting into.
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