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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: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. DavidJ.
    Jul 31, 2002
    10
    Poignant and uplifting...a truly great and timely record.
  2. ScottH
    Feb 13, 2006
    10
    Bruce does it again.
  3. MarthaR.
    Aug 6, 2002
    10
    His best!!!!! He only gets better with age!
  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. Oct 17, 2016
    9
    ...............................A Masterpiece!!!! Little affected by two weak tracks with weak melodies "The Fuse" & "Further up (on the road),...............................A Masterpiece!!!! Little affected by two weak tracks with weak melodies "The Fuse" & "Further up (on the road), " but the rest is Awesome a Masterpiece even..... 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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