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The Rising

Bruce Springsteen

2002

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The Rising

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

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

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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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definitely not my thing

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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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Seriously dull

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Liked it

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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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5

One of my all time fave albums ❤️

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Good listen

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5

Great album

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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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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Discazo

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5

Just jovial

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5

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

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

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If your from Jersey you know

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4

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

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Preachy but the rising (song) is a classic

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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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false

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4

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

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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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4

Excellent

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4

Very folksy and 2000s

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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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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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A good one, but not my favorite Springsteen album

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enjoyed

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4

Gotta love brucey

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4

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

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4

Solid dad rock from the most dad rock guy around

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4

A pensive and slightly melancholic Boss.

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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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4

нормально, отдохнуть

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4

THIS IS DSOTM

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4

Love a bit of Bruce!

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4

Decent

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

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4

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

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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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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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Fínasta Springsteen plata. Rennur ljúflega í gegn.

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4

Good, classic

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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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4

Interesting ref sept 11 influence Easy listening

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4

Bruuuuuuuuuuuce

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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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4

Good stuff! Best Springsteen album so far. 4

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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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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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4

Wow, a Bruce Springsteen album i actually enjoyed.

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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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4

Fav song: The Fuse

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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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4

Good stuff.

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3

Good!

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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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3

Did not hate it

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3

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

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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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3

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

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

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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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3

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

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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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Ehh pretty good

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

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3

Solid Americana, exactly what I expect from The Boss.

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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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It's boring to me

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

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3

Un bon album de boss 3.60*

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Not his best

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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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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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3

Not bad but not that great and very long

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

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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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3

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

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3

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

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3

Meh.

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3

eh

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

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3

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

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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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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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Good true Springsteen

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

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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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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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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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3

Not really bothered about it, sounds pretty folky.

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Toby Keith if he was good and also not a conservative

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

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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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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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3

Bruce dat is te lang

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

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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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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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3

A lot of the same, but consistency is good

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3

The pumpkin spice latte of music. Enjoyable but basic

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

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

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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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The Boss blijft leuk. Maar niet spectaculair.

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

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Prima album van Bruce.

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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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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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Happy sounds!

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Good

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

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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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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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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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Very interesting album, great history behind it

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strum that pussy like bruce springsteen

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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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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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3

Not his best work

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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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3

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

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3

pretty good, but not like his original albums

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I dig it. Begrudgingly

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

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This was cool, would listen again.

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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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No good

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

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

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

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Just good quality Springsteening

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Not bad Bruce

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Pleasant just doesn’t tickle my pickle

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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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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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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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Quite good. 3.5/5

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

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A bit too earnest

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

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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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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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Not into it.

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The Bruce Springsteen 9/11 album. Goes pretty much how you’d expect. It was a commercial revitalization for The Boss, but to me it sounds pompous, a checklist of every bad 00s (rock) production technique, and without a hook in sight.

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tråkigt.

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Not a bad album, but I don't love the sound. It sounds too classic American roadside bar, a bit too heavy on the drums and sultry man voice.

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Esperaba mas, está bien hecho pero puro nacionalismo gringo que solo tiene sentido para ellos, nada raro en esprinstin

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Kinda bland

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Standard Bruce fodder. No standout tracks

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Ehhh not for me. I don't know why everything he makes sounds like a bad christmas album.

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Nope. Just nope.

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I tried, but just couldn't get past the voice. For some reason his voice bugs me. I can respect that he's a talented songwriter, but his style of music doesn't do much for me.

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has a couple decent tracks but not Bruce's best work

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Not really a Springsteen fan

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Int så bängeri Långsamt, men inte på ett bra sätt. Typ långtråkiga rock ballader?

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Bruce Springsteen is the Bob Dylan of working class Americana bullshit. More like Bruce SpringPEEN(IS).

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I don't like classic Springsteen, so I really didn't enjoy his more recent stuff. I tried to give it a chance, but no... I just didn't like it.

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kind of sucks like country

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As a rule, the boss rubs me the wrong way. I have never listened to anything beyond radio/soundtrack stuff. The working man stuff just doesn't appeal to me. I get why people like this, it's well-produced and all the songs are catchy, but it's also cringy beyond belief.

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Long, boring, and corny. America did not need this album post-9/11, I don't care what anyone says.

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Das ist Musik für Erwachsene. Leute, die mit ihr älter geworden sind, sich damit wohlfühlen und auch nix anderes brauchen. Nicht mal so sehr "früher war alles besser" als "hey, aber wir haben's doch ganz gemütlich". Keine schlechten Menschen an sich, schon auch mitfühlend, aber: die Schäfchen im Trockenen. Fürchte, ich muss das böse Wort sagen: Boomer. Und jetzt zum Podcast mit Obama.

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Wie gesagt: Solidarität und so, guter Mann, gibt ja nicht so wenige der Sorte, "Heartland Rock" als Begriff gelernt, undsoweiter. Aber die Mucke auf diesem Album? Nein.

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Just ok. Was never a Bruce fan. Nice to hear waiting on a sunny day in here though, my favourite song of his. Took a weird turn towards the middle of the album.

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Sounds like a South Park parody of US "Pain" after 9/11 . only Springsteen's quality and a few good songs stop this being a 1

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Bruce means more to the yanks than he does to me

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I've never listened to a Bruce Springsteen album before. I thought it well-written, with excellent production, "Waiting On A Sunny Day" was catchy and I quite liked "You're Missing" and "Paradise", but overall it was just a bit bland. "Worlds Apart" had some vaguely different (tokenistic) influences. There aren't even any Springsteen classics on this album to get excited about. From what I understand, this album was a return to form for him although it sounds way more dated than it is. Maybe "Born in the USA" would have been a better intro to Springsteen? He seems like a good guy, I'll give him that, but I'll give this album 5/10. Offensively inoffensive.

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i'm not 68.

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I'm so angry. I went through most of this album thinking it was all very biege, nothing exciting, one song melts into another and nothing really changes or stands out. The longer it went on, the more bland it sounded. And then, without me really even noticing, Paradise plays and suddenly I'm almost crying! Maybe it's hormonal, or just perfect timing. How dare he cause emotions, I'm so mad!

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I'm giving this album a 2 purely because the social and cultural impact that it seems to have achieved; cause it appears it has helped a lot of people getting through hard times and that is sometimes more than enough. The music is pretty generic, to say the least, and the intentions I cannot tell at times. But yeah, whatev, I guess I'm never getting Bruce Springsteen.

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I mean it is a fine album, and I am a fan of a few Bruce Springsteen songs, but I don't think that this album belongs on this list.

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Hmm, ikke helt dette jeg forventa fra Bruce Springsteen. Litt for lite rock og alt for mye alt annet rolige greier.

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I mean, it's Bruce Springsteen. I didn't grow up particularly fond of him, and this album is a testament to that sentiment. 2 = I get it, but not for me.

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Ok country thing.

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Not a fan of Bruce

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Ett album där temat är hanteringen av 11:e september-attackerna. Första spåret, Lonesome Day, låter som vintage Bruce, med mycket kraft och fart. Liknande låtar blandas med mer lugna, allvarstyngda låtar. Ett fint exempel är Nothing Man, som även här följer temat krishantering. En höjdpunkt i albumet är Worlds Apart, en häftig mix av rock och influenser från mellanöstern. Introt är en Qawwali, en sorts islamsk hymn, som sedan flyter över till en maffig klassisk rockdänga. Paradise är en låt som berör, oerhört vacker text och musik. Tyvärr så är största delen av albumet lätt att glömma, verkligen inte Bruce' bästa verk. Vissa låtar, som de på varandra följande Let's be Friends (Skin to Skin), Further On (Up the Road), och The Fuse är rent utsagt dåliga. Några vassa spår och ett drabbande tema räddar albumet, och gör att det i slutändan får ses som okej. Bästa låt: Waitin' on a Sunny Day. Även om Bruce sagt att den är lite för poppig för hans smak så SÄTTER den sig.

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Lyrics reflect the times and some variety compared to some of the older Springsteen albums, but I can't listen to too much without it being a bit of a blur.

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Typisk Springsteen. Ok.

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I find Bruce so boring, didn;t even know any hits from this one. Redeemed to 2 stars as its not actually offensive to my ears and somehow I managed to listen to is 1.5 times without noticing it was on loop.

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MOR Americana I can live without.

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…mmm I have a massive Bruce blind spot - sorry All sounds toooooo much …. All sound a bit like dancing in the dark

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I have my reasons for not liking Bruce, but this is basically a quarter-step away from country and no thanks.

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Not clear why this is on the list. Not the big hits of born in the USA or the restraint of Nebraska. Springsteen by numbers. And it has sax

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This is a little better than the other Springsteen album I've had generated. At least this one isn't completely smothered in cheesy saxophones.

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Seriously why all the fuss about Bruce Springsteen? He is a mediocre song writer and this album is worse than his previous albums. I was not familiar with any of the songs and I am fine with that. It was a struggle.

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This is just so boring. I do not like Bruce Springsteen. I do not like this album.

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Gode gamle Bruce, meget amerikansk, rock, pop, føleren

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du er meget sød her brucy

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who caaaares

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Sounds like I also need to add that I must admit I am not a fan of the Boss. I understand his significance but I don't have to enjoy it.

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Chato.

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I had heard most of this album on the radio in the early 2000s. Likely as it was deemed safe to play while a lot of songs that had anything to do with death, flight or not loving America were deprioritized. Lonesome Day and The Rising are pretty good. But this album as a whole has aged pretty bad. I guess this is considered a return to form for Springsteen, but I don’t think anything he’s done since Born in the USA has really grabbed me.

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meh

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2/5. Not a fan of country/Christian rock Bruce :(

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Absolutely fine. Just as you would expect really some inoffensive soft Americana rock.

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I liked the first song but did not like the second one. Third song was ok nothing memorable. The forth one is a little too slow for my liking. This album is so far unremarkable and boring. I'm eager for this to be over.

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please stop

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Dad rock.

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Vi Springsteen... Se me hizo raro por qué un disco del 2002... Lo escuche de fondo... Rock totalmente indistinto, tipo estadio como lo que ha hecho toda su vida... Esto no suena absolutamente a nada interesante... ¿Qué hace esto en la lista? Lo escuche de nuevo poniendo atención. Todo hizo clic. El disco está en la lista solo por que es en memoria del 11 de septiembre y, al parecer, se ha vuelto hasta emblemático en EE.UU. en eventos y cosas relacionadas. En mi opinión, ni como disco de Springsteen ni como memorial funciona. Las letras más clichés y melodramáticas, con la sutileza de un marro se sienten prefabricadas para cantarse en un estadio y sacar una lagrimita mientras todos sacan su encendedor (Woke up this morning to an empty sky... empty sky... (◔_◔) ). Hacer un album de canciones tipo himno estadio sobre temas así son ejercicios vacíos. Una situación así nos recuerda el miedo , el entumecimiento, la confusión, corazones rotos. Ese es el territorio que The Rising, o cualquier álbum que busque hacer justicia a ese día tal como se vivió, en contraposición a cómo fue televisado, debería aspirar. En su lugar esto se siente impersonal y vacío.

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Boring!

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If the sign "Live, Laugh, Love" had a soundtrack, I think this would be it. Into the fire was a terrible track. Just go to church already, damn. I'm not ruling out the boss entirely, but I did not enjoy this album. Might need to go earlier than 2002 for him.

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Typische ttt-Platte für den sanften Porsche Fahrer, der an früher denkt, als die Jeans noch nicht von Armani, der Bauch darüber noch keiner und der Bruce noch der Boss war.

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I mean - it's Bruce. Followed expectations - I have a preference for his work on Nebraska so Paradise felt pretty good. Can't say I really enjoy much else on here.

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inoffensive, boring, and bland. I can see this playing well in places where bullriding is the #1 sport. Just enough of an edge on it to appeal to dudes who'd otherwise be listening to pop country if it weren't so effeminate. I hate almost everything about it. I did, however, enjoy the bizarre, misplaced afrobeats on worlds apart, and the funk in let's be friends. really subverted my expectations for 2 songs in the middle there. it wasn't particularly interesting, but I didn't hate that 10 minute stretch.

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Terrible. Couldn't make it past the second song and I don't even want to try. Such flat vocals.

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Come on, man. I’m sure even by The Boss’ own admission this is lower tier stuff. It lacks the zip of his Blue Jeans and Construction Work earlier stuff, and the gravity of his Craggly Old Timer Who’s Seen It All latter-day era. It falls midway between the two, zipless and gravityless. I found myself thinking that this album was probably what Coldplay would have ended up sounding like if they’d listened to more Springsteen. Truth is, it’s probably what Springsteen ended up sounding like after he’d listened to too much Coldplay.

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Kreativni bankrot, najgeneričniji album do sada na stranici, smeće. Da je rođen u Zagrebu, a ne JU ES EJ možd bi bio bolji.

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I never felt like a tired middle-aged man while listening to an album before. Not a pleasant experience.

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Couldn’t stand it, sounds f’ing dated and cheesy, only gringos like this kind of stuff

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Whhhat!!! Another BS ?

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Took 3 sessions to get through this monstrosity. So midddle of the road. So dull. So much longer than it should be. How is this album by someone past their best making non innovative music on this list?

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This is a boring album.

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Es un álbum disfrutable. Lento y plano para mi gusto. Los cambios entre canción y canción son muy similares, volviéndolo repetitivo. Pude llegar a la última canción, pero rogaba porque terminara.

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