User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 97
  2. Negative: 10 out of 97

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  1. AronW
    Feb 3, 2009
    3
    Meat Loaf Lite. A joke.
  2. RaysaJ.
    Jan 27, 2009
    0
    Just doesn't make sense like he used to. The whole album sounds sluggish and empty and drained of any of the usual E Street band energy. Bruce Springsteen has succumbed to the rock star malaise where he really thinks anything he puts to paper is brilliant. joining the club with the Stones and U2.
  3. KK.
    Jan 27, 2009
    0
    This album is full of words and scattered imagery but no real content. The E Street Band has been produced away to nothing.
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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. 60
    Bliss isn't the Boss' bag. Without anything to push against, one of rock's most eloquent lyricists is in the awkward position of having little of interest to say.