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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 76
  2. Negative: 5 out of 76

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  1. JohhnyD
    Apr 26, 2006
    1
    Bruce has finally become the hick he always wanted to be. I give it a 1 only because of some of the great music he has done in the past. Born in the USA was his last great effort. That was 22 years ago!! For a guy so talented that is a joke. Just another example of what happens when an artist loses what got him to the top to begin with.
  2. GregT
    Apr 25, 2006
    2
    Geez louise!!! I know the man's getting older, has absolutely every right to do whatever he pleases artistically, and I can even understand his trying new musical territory. But for any Bruce fan that thought The Rising was the beginning of The Boss's Rock And Roll Rennaisance, then think again. BRUCE WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE FOLK MUSIC FOR AT LEAST 3 ALBUMS!!! Give us some Geez louise!!! I know the man's getting older, has absolutely every right to do whatever he pleases artistically, and I can even understand his trying new musical territory. But for any Bruce fan that thought The Rising was the beginning of The Boss's Rock And Roll Rennaisance, then think again. BRUCE WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE FOLK MUSIC FOR AT LEAST 3 ALBUMS!!! Give us some rock and roll music in the old veign, et al The River and yes even Born In The USA. Maybe even write a chart topper eh Bruce, and prove you've still got it??? Expand
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82

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Not only does We Shall Overcome feel different than Bruce's work; it also feels different than Seeger's music.... It's a rambunctious, freewheeling, positively joyous record unlike any other in Springsteen's admittedly rich catalog.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    We Shall Overcome lets us revel in the sound of a man who no longer confuses unplugged with uninspiring--and who isn't afraid to mix in some merriment with the message. [28 Apr 2006, p.134]
  3. The problem is that these songs are mostly too corny to have much drama restored to them. This is not folk music as mystery or romance or danger but as communal singalong.