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The Rising

Bruce Springsteen

2002

The Rising

Album Summary

The Rising is the twelfth studio album by American recording artist Bruce Springsteen, released on July 30, 2002, on Columbia Records. In addition to being Springsteen's first studio album in seven years, it was also his first with the E Street Band in 18 years. Based in large part on Springsteen's reflections during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the album predominantly centers upon themes of relationship struggles, existential crisis and social uplift. Upon its release, The Rising was a critical and commercial success, being hailed as the triumphant return for Springsteen. The album became Springsteen's first to top the US Billboard 200 since Tunnel of Love in 1987. It also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2003; although nominated for the Album of the Year award as well, it was beaten by Norah Jones's debut album Come Away with Me. The title song "The Rising" was also a Grammy recipient.

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Rating

3.06

Votes

4825

Genres

  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Wonderful. This was Bruce's album after a long hiatus from music and even longer one from the E Street Band. It appears quite light hearted but there are some quite meaningful and clever songs in there such as the Rising, You're Missing and Mary's Place. I feel that these great songs are lost a bit in the more 'party songs' such as Waiting on a Sunny Day, especially for first time listeners. Nevertheless, I love this album but I did hope that the first Bruce album on this list would have been one of the earlier more accessible ones.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

My favorite album so far. The fact that this was in response to 9/11 is impressive. The songs were honest in dealing with the complicated emotions from that event. Not like some other music, say from Toby Keith which was just "America F' YA!"

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

This album could have easily been an angry attack, but instead Springsteen sings about complex, nuanced emotions. I also love how a couple of songs have are inspired by Middle Eastern Music. Springsteens singing is also a lot clearer and less mumbled on this album. Great variety, mature lyrics, and powerful music. Overall, my favorite Springsteen album so far.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

“The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen (2002) Nothing subtle about the marketing eroticism of the album title and cover. At the age of 53, he might have more truthfully pitched “The Falling”, or “The Unending Search for Relevance”. This album is almost entirely a collection of songs of love’s longing, with plenty of images of bells, blood, empty spaces, and anticipated journeys. A quintessentially American album. Released six months after 9/11, there are several references to what was on every American’s mind. In the aftermath of catastrophe, Springsteen endeavors to focus our passions on edifying affections, and he’s mostly successful. Musically, the album is well composed, arranged, and produced, even if the vocal and instrumental performances are less than stellar. I think I’ll always be put off by New Jersey native Springsteen’s poorly affected Southern accent and weak, overused falsetto. Melodies are all very typically Springsteen. On “Lonesome Day”, the post-9/11 sentiment of “A little revenge and this too will pass” was ok for the moment, but then the sad history of war in Afghanistan, the Iraq War, and the excesses of the USA Patriot Act emerged, and, well, we all needed some loving. Still do. Also, “Into the Fire” is inspiring, even if it borders on exploitation. Meaningful, nevertheless. So this album has some enduring satisfaction. Overall, a good album from an America worth loving, then and now. 3/5

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

In my opinion his best album of the 21st Century. I acknowledge that not every single song is great but there are some classics starting with The Rising. Should have won the Grammy for Album of the Year but Norah Jones robbed him!

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Powerful album; especially the context of 9/11. The length of the album/songs keeps it from being 5 stars, but it's a great album.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

L'album débute à ma grande surprise par une confession de Bruce: il deteste la parodie de lui même qu'il est devenue, et c'est la la principale information à retenir de cet album. En effet, depuis maintenant des années, Bruce nous explique être enfermé dans une spirale infernale, le forçant par exemple à déblaterer des atrocités mysogines et à diffuser des pets de façon importune. C'est sur une note d'espoir que cet album débute, puisque Bruce explique vouloir changer, pas seulement mentalement mais également physiquement, puisqu'il a pris la décision de raser sa coupe mullet depuis l'épisode de la guitare (voir review sur Nebraska). Malheureusement, le côté obscur de bruce va rapidement reprendre le dessus. Tout d'abord par le biais de courtes interjections au milieu de ses textes: "La bite !", "grognasse !", "pastis !". Ces cris parasites vont venir destabiliser l'auditeur. Puis plus on approche de la fin de l'album, plus le Dark Bruce devient dominant, jusqu'au climax, l'outro de l'album. Ici, Bruce, arborrant un marcel laissant apercevoir une touffe de poil sur son torse, va tout simplement lacher une enorme caisse dans son micro, avant de partir dans un fou rire gras. Bruce est malheureusement malgré toute sa bonne volonté probablement irrecuperable.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

Quelle magnifique ode à l'optimisme que cet album... Bruce Springsteen se présente sous un jour nouveau et nous dit vouloir changer. C'est sa résolution pour le troisième millénaire. Et en effet, quel bonheur d'assister à cette métamorphose pleine d'espoir et de bonne volonté. Finis les coupes mulet, les ailerons à l'arrière des voitures, les blagues misogynes ou encore les comparaisons douteuses entre ses selles et des taupes : Bruce est déterminé à faire table rase du passé et veut que la terre entière soit mise au courant. C'est du moins sur cette note positive que s'achève la face A du CD. La face B, quant à elle, nous fait rapidement craindre une rechute. On entend d'abord un "vroum vroum" discret en arrière-plan qu'on soupçonne provenir d'un de ces fameux "concours d'accélération" auxquels Springsteen s'adonnait autrefois. On distingue ensuite un "clap clap" que l'on rapproche immédiatement d'un mariage indésirable entre claquettes et chaussettes. On est enfin stupéfait de tomber sur un morceau caché en toute fin d'album, soixante-neuf secondes de silence après la fin de la dernière chanson. "Vous y avez cru mes couillasses ?" s'écrie le chanteur dans un français parfait avant d'embrayer sur un condensé de flatulences et de propos inappropriés. Retour à la case départ pour Bruce.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

I'm big on Bruce Springsteen up through "Tunnel of Love" but after that there really isn't much that I've been able to get into, including this album. To me this is a good example of where this list of 1001 albums starts to show some cracks: why put the 12th album by a well established artist on the list rather than make way for a younger artist who was truly in their prime during this time period? Don't like many of the production choices. And to top it off, it's too long.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

Springsteen has some good albums. This is not one of them.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
1

First couple of tracks I was into. Then it became massively middle of the road dad rock.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
1

I got 3.5 songs in. I just couldn’t. I like his earlier stuff, but this didn’t do anything for me

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Thu Apr 01 2021
1

definitely not my thing

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Tue May 18 2021
1

Springsteen's success is based on schlocking his ass off and miraculously not failing--half the time. This is not the good half. The music is so excessively bombastic it's bland and the lyrics so general they mean nothing. The man has four or five albums that should be on this list. Picking a bad one deserves extra punishment.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
1

Seriously dull

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Liked it

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Gotta say, there's not a great excuse for have a 72 minute Springsteen Album. But this album is an okay one, though there are several songs that are longer than they need to be, and have a bit of a dull premise that gets drawn out. Also not a huge fan of the use of backup singers, and I feel like his earlier albums have more emotion in the singing. Worlds Apart was interesting, but didn't quite work, which was disappointing. All that said, I listened to a lot of these songs growing up which has made me rather fond of them, and Mary's Place and The Rising were great, I especially liked how the latter tied back in with Empty Sky a bit. Overall scrapes a five, from me, though I doubt I'll give it another close listen.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

One of my all time fave albums ❤️

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Good listen

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Great album

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Lonesome day, Into the fire, Worlds apart, Mary’s place, The rising, Paradise

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I can excuse a little of Springsteen's cheese because of this one's timing and sentiment.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Predivno, ovaj album + šetnja na suncu liječi sve!!

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Even though not every song here was written in the aftermath of 9/11, this is Springsteen's 9/11 album. It was also his first great album in about 15 years (since 1987's "Tunnel of Love") and as of now his last truly great album of original material. I've liked his stuff since then (and I liked the a lot of the stuff between "Tunnel" and this album) but "The Rising" is a whole other level.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Discazo

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Just jovial

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

One of my favorite Bruce albums. Powerful without feeling too on the nose.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Quan feia més falta. El disc post 11S definitiu. Diria que no només a USA, sinó a tot el món occidental. Cal haver viscut aquell temps per valorar-ho de forma completa. Ho fa amb l'E Street Band, per primer cop plegats des del 1984 a 'Born in the USA', un altre disc que va marcar la seva década. I ho fa amb un to conciliador, d'esperança i solidaritat, tan allunyat dels crits clamant revenja de l'época. I ho fa amb un grapat de cançons de primer nivell, que plegades formen un dels discos essencials dels 00's

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

+ into the fire +empty sky

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

The master of making a simple song so good. Teeters on the edge of cheese a few times, but forgivable knowing the time frame. I wouldn’t say powerful, or cathartic, but maybe soothing. Or empathetic, speaking for a nation in pain.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

This is an album Bruce Springsteen had to make. It's probably one of the first albums made in the wake of 9-11 that grappled with the events of that day. It's also Bruce's first real full-length album of new material since 1995's The Ghost of Tom Joad. As Jersey's favorite son and an artist whose collective work is bound inextricably to New York, there was a weight on him to put his thoughts on record, a feat he accomplishes admirably. He could be talking about any tragedy, which is probably what makes this album work. 9-11 was brutal, and something I certainly don’t like to think about at all. But The Rising takes all the confusion and grief of living through a traumatic event and allows us to process and work through it with these songs. It's not linear either as you can see. There are bright moments and grim moments and moments of questioning and anger, and they all live together in you at the same time. That's a very real way of thinking about loss. I still have a bit of a fraught relationship with The Rising. I listen to Springsteen a lot, every day in fact. Several of the songs on this album are among my favorites and there are other songs I actively avoid. This isn't an album I listen to straight through often at all. So I was struck today what a good album this is as a whole. Bruce's more recent works sometimes can be a little hit and miss, but this one is really tight musically. The band is in top form and each song flows beautifully into the next. The themes of love and faith weave elegantly through the songs and he lands in a place of hope. We really needed this in 2002, but the songs still resonate deeply, 20 years on. I wasn't initially inclined to give this a 5, but this is really a testament of what you do with music, and it's one of Springsteen’s finest. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): The Rising, Further On (Up the Road), Into the Fire, Nothing Man, Waitin' on a Sunny Day, My City of Ruins, You're Missing, Countin' on a Miracle, Mary's Place, Lonesome Day, The Fuse, Empty Sky, Worlds Apart, Paradise, Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

Memories of 9/11. Heartbreaking and inspiring in the current crises.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

If your from Jersey you know

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Not his best album but it’s hard not to like the boss

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Preachy but the rising (song) is a classic

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Ich kann verstehen, warum er so unfassbar beliebt ist. Eine sehr markante Stimme. Einfache und doch gleichzeitig mitreißende Musik. Sicherlich massentauglich. Auch wenn das Album mit 73 Minuten etwas lang war, hab ich viel Abwechslung gehört. Ein Song mit viel Percussion und rhythmischer Begleitung. Einer mit elektronischen Sounds. Das Urgestein mit 23 Alben bei i Tunes gibt sich Mühe die modernen Entwicklungen in der Musikszene aufzugreifen. Country-Rock-Pop? Das Album hat bei mir Interesse an ihm geweckt.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

false

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

A nice Bruce Springsteen album. Was nice to listen to.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Pues sí, así como los Foo hacen música casi prefabricada para gustarle a nuestra generación en un estadio, este disco de El Jefe está prefabricado para gustarle al baby boomer o gen X gringo. Pero dejando eso de lado, para mí, que solo conocía Streets of Philadelphia o Born in the USA, tiene mucho que ofrecerme: bonita producción, mezcla de estilos y sonidos y hasta un coro árabe que es un contrapeso a todo el contexto del disco. Punto adicional para Bruce cuando leí que es defensor del matrimonio gay, que debe ser algo complicado al ser el cantante favorito de gen x y boomers.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Excellent

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Very folksy and 2000s

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Mucho más movido que el otro que ha salido en la lista y se agradece. Me quedo con Waitin' On A Sunny Day y Further On (Up The Road), aunque también se puede colar Mary's Place. También tiene baladas, buenos arreglos de metales. No se siente como un disco arriesgado y no necesita serlo. Mi único tema es que es muy largo.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Solid album, although not great (in my opinion) due to it being somewhat inconsistent and a bit repetitive at times. A few REALLY amazing songs on there though.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

The emotion and depth is apparent throughout. Maybe a bit long winded at times, but overall it was really good. Solid 4.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

A good one, but not my favorite Springsteen album

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

enjoyed

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Gotta love brucey

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

It's a bit long and not quite up there with his best but some great tracks.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Solid dad rock from the most dad rock guy around

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

A pensive and slightly melancholic Boss.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Hvis det er noe Bruce Springsteen får til, er det feelgood musikk! Mye karakteristisk og oppløftende på dette albumet, og man blir rett og slett litt gira. Energien fra Springsteen er ganske smittsom. Likevel har han en viss tendens til å skrive litt for repetitive sanger med mange korte vers og refreng, og det merkes godt når albumet bikker én time. Men jeg er sikker på at dette kan bli en deilig gjenganger når jeg har fått hørt mer på det. Beste sanger: Lonesome Day, Mary's Place, The Rising.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

нормально, отдохнуть

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

THIS IS DSOTM

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Love a bit of Bruce!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Decent

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

3.8 Ik denk niet dat je dit kan haten. Goede vibe, duidelijke stem, prachtig.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

A really strong album from Springsteen. Enjoyed this quite a lot.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

You get a classic Bruce Springsteen album... heartfelt, meaningful and straight ahead rock. Though it runs a little long, pretty much everything is enjoyable from the louder more energetic Worlds Apart to the more wistful Nothing Man. Really good album.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

This is a fine slice Springsteen goodness. One of his most consistent albums song after song is good with a few great one's thrown in; Lonesome Day, Empty Sky and the title track. The E Street Band absolutely cooks look seldom since Darkness on the Edge of Town, if you're more Springsteen appreciator rather than mega fan, as I am, don't sleep on this excellent album 4 stars

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Fínasta Springsteen plata. Rennur ljúflega í gegn.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Good, classic

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I wasn't expecting much from this album. I've liked the Springsteen albums that I've listened to in the past, but a 2002 Springsteen album made as a response to 9/11 in light of everything that's happened since then sounds like the exact opposite of what I need right now. This album, however, is solid all the way through. Bruce's music doesn't sound dated for 2002, and the lyrics aren't the type of heart-on-my-sleeve rah rah bullshit that I associate with this period. Every song on this album is good, if not spectacular. More importantly, he found a way to capture the feeling of hope really well with this album. Totally worth coming back to in the future 4/5

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Interesting ref sept 11 influence Easy listening

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Bruuuuuuuuuuuce

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

This was awesome! Love a bit of the Boss and although not his usual rocking self, the slower more melodic side is as appreciated! Really enjoyed it!

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

springsteen is an auto 4 but only the end stands out

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Good stuff! Best Springsteen album so far. 4

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Vau, tämähän on hieno levy! Todella leppoisan melodista countryrockia ilman Brucelle ominaista hieman överiksi vedettyä äijäilyä. Äänimaailma tuo kovasti mieleen Wilcon varhaiset albumit. Levyltä ei jäänyt mieleen ensimmäistäkään kappaletta mieleen negatiivisesti, mikä on melkoinen meriitti yli 70 minuutin kokonaisuudelta. Kohokohdat eivät kuitenkaan kykene nostamaan tätä ihan vitosen tasolle. Päivänselvä nelonen kuitenkin.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Ok first off....come on. Twice in a row? I guess that means we can get it out of the way. Starting to listen, however, I already like this first track more than the last album so I won't complain too much. Ok, as I listen, this album is really great. Feels very rock but also very folksy in a weird way. Pretty wild how different these two albums are and now I'm glad that we got to listen to them back to back.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Wow, a Bruce Springsteen album i actually enjoyed.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

woah so ok turns out i like bruce springsteen. who knew? it's a 3.5 star rating for me - but given i'm new to this i'm gonna go 4 and regret my choice later.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Fav song: The Fuse

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Another fine album from the boss. Even his throwaway songs sound familiar and comfortable. Doesn't have the consistency of his 5 star albums but there's enough good songs to please most music fans. 4 🌟

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Good stuff.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I’m relatively new to the boss and besides his early career behemoths I’m not that that familiar with his entire body of work - I just thought his later work was a bit poorer than Born to Run or Nebraska or Darkness… Well. I was wrong - this is a very strong showing - and I suspect it’s anther of his ‘growers’ - its subtler, mellower, more introspective but it’s a good record.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

The album marking Bruce's 21st century comeback. The Rising has many beautiful moments whether they are soaring with joy (Mary's Place) or devastatingly sad (You're Missing/ My City of Ruin). It captures a moment in time both lyrically and sonically. This is a very good album that will not get a 5 because the other albums of his on here are still a tier above. I also think that there are a few clunker tracks on here that could have been cut given the album's length in order to get a perfect score. However, I'm sure it was thrilling when this came out, as it marked a return for one of America's greatest rock and roll bands during a moment when they were sorely needed.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

This may not be peak Bruce, but is still damn good. Let's Be Friends was never a favorite and Mary's Place seemed like he was trying too hard to create a centerpiece for the Rising tour. Further On (Up the Road) sounded great in 2000 on the Reunion tour at MSG, but seems flat here. The rest vacillates between very good and exceptional. Missing is simply devastating. Not bad for 30 years in.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I enjoyed this album with its great sound and solid tracks - what I expected. A nice listen with some standouts that made me pause and really take notice. Favorite songs: World’s Apart and Mary’s Place

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Very good. Nice instrumentation and heartfelt lyrics. I like it.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

I have not been much of a Bruce Springsteen fan before but I loved this album. I thought the E Street Band sounded absolutely perfect, and that the songs were all just what was needed in 2002. Having listened to Born to Run recently, I really noticed how this was a Bruce who's seen and felt some things since then, bringing all those experiences and feelings into this. Really good.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

This was excellent.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Very strong record. Especially given where he was career wise at that stage.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Not his best but still pretty good

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I haven't really listened to much from the Boss since Born in The USA and for the most part hasn't been impressed by his solo albums without the E Street Band. For The Rising, Bruce reunites with the band and the results are much more satisfying than his previous efforts. A powerful and passionate project for the Boss, the songs are all consistently good and interesting with the band adding that extra energy and spark. Sure, there are some slow moments and the album is a tad bit too long, but overall it's a solid return to the "glory days".

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

4 because it’s catchy and definitely above 3 but it still needs some work!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

I love The Boss. It took me a while to come around. I've always been more of a John Cougar man myself, but Springsteen has some real depth that takes a while to dig into. I still chuckle when all the 'Merica folks think that Born in the USA is a patriotic song. I wasn't familiar with this post-911 effort by Bruce and the E-Street Band, and some parts are a little obvious, but remembering what the time right after 911 was like, obvious was just what we needed. There might not be a Tunnel of Love (man, that's a crazy hook) or Human Touch (his most underrated tune, IMHO, but still worth a few listens.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Bruce is always a good time! Even in the early 2000s he proved that his typical style still works, while also showing some versatility by dabbling into other directions in this album

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Bruce just manages to always deliver. This album combines his classic e-street sound with contemporary production and sounds. The production is flawless, his lyrics are personal, and there are plenty of quality songs. If it was only a little shorter with the omission of 4 or 5 weaker songs, it would have been a 5.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Not very interesting but the rythm is there and gives some good vybes.

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Mon Oct 26 2020
3

Good!

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Fri May 21 2021
3

kinda long but really easy to listen to. i'm absolutely not mad at this. feels like "sitting outside at a big park watching the band play while drinking beer with family and friends" music. kinda nondescript.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Did not hate it

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

rätt så intetsägande album, åtminstone vid första lyssning. nära en tvåa

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Never a massive fan of The Boss even if he’s in his prime. A couple of songs sounded reasonably rousing while a couple seems pretty basic and childish. Right down the middle of the road for a 3

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Was ok - he has a great voice, no denying, but a bit mundane

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

perhaps someday the music of 2002 will appeal to me. but most of it remains offputting and unenjoyable to me in a way i find difficult to describe. fav track: paradise

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Perfect Monday morning music. A tad long but very pleasant otherwise. 3.5

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

I don't necessarily dislike Bruce Springsteen, but I find the most of this completely un-relatable for me. It's fine. It's fine. It's there.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Title track is pretty good, as is Mary's Place, rest is bland

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

It's a solid album. Bruce knows how to make good music with meaningful lyrics, but it's heavy - very heavy and not an easy listen. If this is on in the background, you can't listen to the lyrics or it immediately comes to the foreground.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

Ehh pretty good

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

legalzinho mas muito felizinho e otimista pro meu gosto, além de bem repetitivo vocal fera, sax tbm

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Solid Americana, exactly what I expect from The Boss.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

He feels like Dave Matthews for my parents’ generation. This is some of his later work that I don’t think was as popular but it still had some songs that resonated with me and didn’t feel like they were pandering to an audience

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

It's boring to me

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

Some of the songs little twee and soppy for me, some great ones in there. James has promised us greater albums, so I'll look forward to those

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

It's fine. Note a Springsteen fan, but I can tell the man is a song writer.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Un bon album de boss 3.60*

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Not his best

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Exactly what I expected, but I also enjoyed it more than I expected. Maybe I'm more receptive to The Boss since seeing Blinded by the Light. Good film.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Ehhh. I usually love Springsteen but this didn't do much for me. It wasn't as passionate as his others and was just so long. Mary's Place was excellent though

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Not bad but not that great and very long

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Album was long without any song really dragging. Felt like a fair bit of filler on there but still enjoyed some tunes.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

I don't know I like Bruce's hits but just not a super fan

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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

I’m sorry James but I didn’t love it. However with time maybe I could grow more accustomed to Bruce and then maybe if I was in some kind of torture situation where a madman forced me to listen to Bruce Springsteen every minute of everyday then perhaps in the days following my clandestine rescue operation by the S.A.S I would actually begin to miss Bruce Springsteen like some sort of Stockholm syndrome sufferer.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Some really nice tracks but a bit of a slog at times.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Classic Bruce. A little mellower and more songs to God. But that describes all of us boomers, right?

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Meh.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

eh

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

Actually pretty upbeat singalong Bruce but dragged a little at points - good stuff tho

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

Bit too redneck/overly long/Christian for me. Still not bad though.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

A really strong album with some great songs but a bit too lengthy for my liking with too many tracks I’d happy skip for any higher than a 3

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

72 minutes is too long. The songs themselves are a mix of passable and bad. There was one toward the beginning where I thought "this is kind of catchy"

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Good true Springsteen

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Som alltid solid papparock fra brusern. Lett å høre på, fengende vokalmelodier og sjef stemme, men blir litt repetetivt.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

I respect very much Bruce's place in the Pantheon of American rock music, and he deserves it. There are a handful of songs of his I really love, but simply as a matter of personal preference, his music just never "clicked" with me. I have no criticisms of him music; it genuinely is as simple as chemistry either being there or not, and for me and Bruce, it's just not.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Why this album? He's just coasting, there's no fire. All good songs as you'd expect, but this is NOT one his best - there are at least half a dozen Springsteen albums I can name without even pausing for breath that are better than this. It's not that it's bad music (it's fine and I enjoyed it) but it's terrible curation (yet again).

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Tue May 18 2021
3

I like Springsteen but I don’t think I could eat a WHOLE one if you know what I mean. Never heard this album before and I don’t imagine I’ll go back to it. I enjoyed Mary’s Place. He has that uncanny ability to feel like he’s capturing the nostalgia of a nation whilst pushing everyone forward to change. Is that a bit much to suggest? Well, I enjoyed spending a bit of time in his company but on the whole was disappointed.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Not really bothered about it, sounds pretty folky.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Toby Keith if he was good and also not a conservative

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Sat May 22 2021
3

If I were 50+ and from New Jersey, 5 stars. I'm not.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Enjoyed this but found it a bit repetitive at times. Favourite track was Lonesome Day. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much bari sax was on this album.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Unpopular opinion, but I think it's better than Born in the USA. Enjoyable, but only as a background listen, though.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Bruce dat is te lang

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

The big boss. Leuk album maar niet speciaal. Vind springsteen zijn muziek wel vaak t zelfde na een tijdje

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Strong start but overall average for me. A handful of belting tracks but elsewhere got a bit messy with different styles

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Songs drag on a majority of the time often reaching over 5 minutes except they just repeat the generic hook. Only a few songs are worthwhile which doesn’t make this Springsteen album much to come back to. 6.4/10

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Mon May 24 2021
3

A lot of the same, but consistency is good

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Mon May 10 2021
3

The pumpkin spice latte of music. Enjoyable but basic

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

I could tell it had some musical potential, but the lyrics were really simplistic and I already don't love country to start with. Would put 3.5 if I could!

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Lots of songs about the skies, day, earth... don't think it was intentional

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Emo for boomers. I’m kidding, I just liked the idea of those words put together in a sentence like that. Anywho, I liked a lot of this record, thought a good bit of it was mediocre, and was completely and utterly blown away by the fact that I’ve never heard of a single person pointing out the fact that “Let’s Be Friends (Skin to Skin)” is basically that Sugar Ray song without the crumbling statues. I’m a changed man.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Niets op aan te merken, behalve dat het niet heel spannend is.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Ik hou wel van Springsteen, en met dit album is ook niks mis. Maar het mist een beetje de scherpere randjes of puntigheid wat zijn oudere werk meer heeft.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

The Boss blijft leuk. Maar niet spectaculair.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Ja, dus echt een 'prima' plaatje, maar tegelijkertijd ook een soort van eendagsvlieg voor mij.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Prima album van Bruce.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

Springsteen minus the muscle of his earlier albums. All very listenable, but no track jumped out as being one for the ages. What a storyteller though. Nobody else like this guy.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Some of Springsteen's hits I really like, such as Born To Run or Dancing In The Dark. But this album in general wasn't more than pleasant background listening for me. There's a couple of good tracks on here such as Lonesome Day and Worlds Apart. But most songs just feel like watered down, lukewarm semi-ballads that just don't go anywhere. You should know better by now Bruce. The album is also way too long. Would be much better if it would be cut down to about half of it's length with all the "standard fare" songs cut out.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Happy sounds!

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Good

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Ok I suppose. A bit trite in places but some good jams here and there

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

When Spike Lee came into town to promote The 25th Hour, he had a Q & A at what is now Everyman Islington. Someone had given him an Arsenal shirt; he immediately started playing the hooligan by applying American race relation tropes to the UK situation. Ah, I miss those innocent days… Anyway. Bought this album purely on the basis of the Springsteen song on the Spike Lee Joint’s soundtrack (‘The Fuse’) (I’m just going to say now that, for all sorts of reasons, the record company bloc had downloading and streaming coming for them from a mile away. The saw it, and waited for the catastrophe like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Buying an overpriced album because it’s the only way to enjoy a song at one’s leisure. Sheesh. It wasn’t home taping that killed music, it was EMI) Anyway. It sounded pompous then, and still sounds pompous now. The loathing I had for Springsteen many a year ago has mellowed to a grudging respect (although, tbh, why should anyone give a hoot about what I think about The Boss?) (Murder Inc was the song that forced me to give his back catalogue an honest reappraisal. Anyone who can do that must be half-way to good at the least) Bruce, like Spike, is a prisoner of the hype around him. Because we live in a hyper literal age now, once again, the circle has closed and he fits properly in the zeitgeist. But this album, nevertheless, belongs to a different time. About 20 years past. When fairly or not, not many people were too bothered about what he did, and his main constituency were men who then were about the age I am now. Nostalgia blunts our critical facilities, I fear…

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

I'm almost sure he's had better; this is a little formulaic. Quite singable. I feel like this is also especially important for its context as a 9/11 catharsis album.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Had to check on Song 2 if Bruce made a religious album. I'm just not a Springsteen person. Appreciate the band in the back, but the singing... uhg.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Very interesting album, great history behind it

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

strum that pussy like bruce springsteen

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Listened to this immediately after The War on Drugs' "Lost in the Dream" and it suffered for the comparison. Listened on a new day, and it did better, but still didn't really grab me. Much prefer angry cynical Springsteen than patriotic inspirational Springsteen. Fave track - "The Fuse"

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Nice. Same charming Bruce. However, it sounds like a trendy 00's producer was deployed to give the Boss a little modern kick. Every track is smooth and contemporary, yet bland and gentrified. Fine to play at Starbucks.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

Not his best work

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Not very remarkable, pretty much what you expect from a Bruce Springsteen album, although there is some development of the style. The only interesting song is "Worlds Apart."

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Enjoyable, even if I am not as crazy about The Boss as a lot of other people

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

pretty good, but not like his original albums

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

I dig it. Begrudgingly

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

A very murky sounding album from the Boss. Makes sense as it is a post 9-11 album.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

This was cool, would listen again.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Yea this wasn't bad I suppose. I've not listened to a full Springsteen album before. It kinda sounded how I expected it.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

No good

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Možda sam samo očekivala malo više rocka pa me iznenadilo, dobar album al ništa posebno!

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

nekako san navikla na njegove brže, veselije pisme tako da mi je bilo neobično čut ovako nesto. ima tu dobrih tekstova, al na prvu nisan baš oduševljena pismama općenito. vjerojatno bi se nakon par slušanja dojam poboljša i ocjena bila veća

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

An all-round decent album if notone I'm likely to come back to.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

It's good but it's not amazing me.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Just good quality Springsteening

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Not bad Bruce

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Pleasant just doesn’t tickle my pickle

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Love the Boss and this is not an album I had heard before this playing. What a great American songwriter he is, he will be part of the late 20th Century great American Songbook no doubt. A good album but not his best. Liked "Lonesome Day" "Lets Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" "You're Missing" The Knopfler-like "Paradise" and the heart rending (Especially with what is happening in the Ukraine at my time of writing this!) "My City Of Ruins". The Boss is special and this is a good album but I am not sure it should be in this list.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Bruce delivers a cello-filled treat for my inner boomer. I'm convinced that this is a country album at heart, with the expected post-2001 patriotism. Interesting writing, roots-rock instrumentals that are just too arena-forward.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Laughed out loud when I saw this, literal back to back Springsteen albums after none in the first 300 we've heard. I said I was looking forward to more Bruce albums and it's time to reap what I've sown! For an album this late in his career, it's still really good. Veers into sounding like Eddie Vedder a couple times, but the tracks that hit me hit pretty hard. I enjoyed it. Favorite tracks: You're Missing, Lonesome Day, Nothing Man. Album art: Blurry Bruce photo, extremely 2000's looking cover. The font design screams "greatest hits album." Not a great look. 3.5/5

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Quite good. 3.5/5

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Mon May 09 2022
3

I'm between 3.5 and 4.0 on this one. It's really good. It has a sound that reminds me more of the early Springsteen (which is a good thing!) Solid album full of really good songs.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

It was alright. I’m not a fan of Springsteen but it was easy listening. 3*

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Sun May 15 2022
3

A bit too earnest

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Thu May 26 2022
3

A lot of tracks here that are good listening but also not what I think of when The Boss. One of the few Bruce albums I already owned but this made me sit and listen to it which is what is needed for an album like this...

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Max's drums have never sounded better. I've had this one lying around for a while and never gave it a listen. That was a mistake. It's a great record and a solid "comeback" for Bruce.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

An older Bruce dealing with some shit as usual. Always a fan.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Well yeah...this album does *sound nice* But it doesn't really hit me - I'm not expecting anything edgy, or even necessarily wanting that. Just some musical magic I suppose, as corny as that sounds. And everything just flows on by - I'm bobbing my head a little bit because it's utterly and completely accessible and frankly...melodically and rhythmically predictable. Inherently nothing at all wrong with that, but I wonder if you have to be a real Springsteen FAN to love and connect with this album. I'd probably never complain if this were playing, it's easy to listen to, but I don't think I'll ever remember any of these songs. 5/10 for just fine. 3 stars.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

i really like bruce springsteen i feel like a lot of his music is fun and sing along able but this album was just so repetitive and predictable it just got boring after awhile.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

The "Nebraska" album will always serve as the litmus test for what Springsteen is capable of delivering and why this particular review forewarns that "The Rising" is mostly negative. Teetering on the edge of Americana, rock and folk, this is where Springsteen shines the most and this album "The Rising" misses that mark. The angsty and relatable Springsteen was clearly gone in 2002, and that's sad. His great tale in "Nebraska" was in being an American story, whether it was political discourse or sentimental short stories, he embodied American musicianship for pop-rock scene probably in the same influential way that Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" put American ballet/orchestral contributions on the classical radar. Granted, 2002's album was probably being written and produced in late 90s through 2001, when America experienced significant change due to 9/11 attacks on NYC. Political opportunists more concerned with power grabs and emotional appeals created an adversarial political environment that we still feel two decades later. Perhaps this is what overshadows the pop-positivity of this album, giving Springsteen a new America to sing about. Not all is lost though, the song "Paradise" harkens back to the pensive gravitas of his earlier works, concluding with "My City of Ruins".

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

It's a long one! SOme good songs, a bit samey in places

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Prima maar doordat het uit 2002/3 komt zitten er van die bijzondere keuzes in die erg oud klinken

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Elder statesman rokk. Hef aldrei verið sérstaklega hrifinn af röddinni hans, en þetta rennur nokkuð ljúflega í gegn. Myndi þó seint setja þessa plötu á topp 1000 listann minn.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Couldn't find anything wrong or right about this album. I guess it's impressive that I found my head nodding along to a couple songs even though objectively I couldn't find anything I enjoyed about them. Still nothing here that blew me away.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Muy buen álbum. Gracias

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Paar hits, voor de rest typical bruce.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

It was fine for me, but nothing that I really embraced. I appreciated the emotions conveyed and that was done in an excellent way. Still not enough to make me want to return to listen.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

good

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Best Song: Into the Fire. I'm a sucker for any gospel-style song, even if lyrically this one is about as milquetoast as it gets. Worst Song: Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin). Just feels creepy and predatory. Overall: Bruce Springsteen is the epitome of serviceable, inoffensive yet unexciting music. Listening to a Springsteen album, it's easy to forget that you're even listening to music. It is room temperature water. It sounds the way store-brand hot dogs taste. You're not mad to have a hot dog, and hey everyone likes a barbeque, but you're not asking for the recipe.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

There are Springsteens albums that I like more. It's good. But not great.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Not bad, could’ve been better if it was cut down to just the best tracks

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

C'était bon, mais sans plus, j'étais honnêtement surpris de voir que c'était un critical acclaim.

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