Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Springsteen's topical concerns have subsided for now, washed away by a high tide of positive personal feelings.
  2. Working on a Dream is the richest of the three great rock albums Springsteen has made this decade with the E Street Band--and moment for moment, song for song, there are more musical surprises than on any Bruce album you could name.
  3. This isn’t a tired old pro knocking one more out but rather, a superb song-craftsmen and musician in control; Working on a Dream is one of Bruce Springsteen’s best albums, period.
  4. Although he has always shown a willingness to borrow from himself, Working On a Dream never feels overburdened by those Springsteen mannerisms that have become cliches.
  5. Never has grocery shopping seemed more promising, and if there weren't plenty of other reasons why Working on a Dream is a keeper, that one would be enough.
  6. Hs 16th (16th!) studio album, sees him eschew such stylings and instead go for broke on telling tales and flashing his soul
  7. On his 24th album, Springsteen reaches for the simple power and unabashed romanticism of early pop.
  8. Mojo
    80
    Tke heart and enjoy The Boss's galvanising newie--Mr. Motivator is back. [Mar 2009, p.102]
  9. Uncut
    80
    His 16th full-length recording is by some distance, Springsteen's weirdest, and most constantly startling to date. [Mar 2009, p.76]
  10. Fans will note a lack of Bruceness here: big-sounding proclamations about faith and dreams are few and far between, replaced by sneakily complex love stories all washed down with sudsy pop.
  11. There is no pandering here, with Springsteen and the trusty E Street Band rocking and rolling with free abandon and sounding like they thoroughly enjoyed every single moment recording the album.
  12. When the proudly worn tropes – the irascible low-life characters, the working-class heroes – show up to break up the life-affirming stuff on Dream, they're an afterthought (the jokey “Outlaw Pete”) or worse (heretofore never to be mentiond again "Queen of the Supermarket" is, well, really fucking terrible). That's why the finest moment of the album is "The Wrestler."
  13. Ultimately, Working On A Dream feels like Bruce Springsteen taking stock.
  14. Working On A Dream is arguably the best-sounding album Springsteen has made since "Born To Run." Just don't look too hard at the lyric sheet. As the album's prosaic title suggests, Working On A Dream is weighed down by lines.
  15. Working on a Dream crowns Springsteen & the E Street Band's most productive period since their first four LPs.
  16. Only a great artist could make an album that's at once so stirring and so slight.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 97
  2. Negative: 10 out of 97
  1. Jan 7, 2018
    7
    Um álbum bom mas não excelente de Bruce Springsteen, Tem obviamente mais de 6 músicas fortes e lindas. Porém tem algumas músicas que parecemUm álbum bom mas não excelente de Bruce Springsteen, Tem obviamente mais de 6 músicas fortes e lindas. Porém tem algumas músicas que parecem meio forçadas como por exemplo talvez a faixa de maior destaque a longa e ambiciosa "Outlaw Pete" que é boa mas o intuito de querer ser extraodinária fica evidente e acaba por ser apenas boa, outras faixas desconhecidas se sucedem melhor.

    Top Working On A Dream Songs

    1-Life Itself
    2-Working On A Dream
    3-What Love Can Do
    4-This Life
    5-My Lucky Day
    6-Kingdom Of Days
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  2. Apr 4, 2016
    6
    .....................................................A Very weak.....................................................A Very weak one.................................................................................... Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    6
    ......................................................................................................................A Very step back of "The......................................................................................................................A Very step back of "The Boss", but "Wrecking Ball" 2012 is even worse....... Full Review »