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The Rising

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2002 album from The Boss alongside his musical co-horts The E-Street Band. Features 'My City of Ruins', 'Mary's Place', 'You're Missing', 'Empty Sky' 'Into The Fire' , and more.

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Although it seemed the Boss had put writing rock anthems behind him after Born in the U.S.A., his longtime fans knew if any artist could write anthems addressing September 11, 2001, and not make them sound jingoistic, it would be Bruce Springsteen. The numerous anthems on his much-anticipated first full-length album with the E Street Band in 18 years are subtler than those of the Born to Run era. But the elements are all there: the joyous rocking strains of "Countin' on a Miracle," "Mary's Place," and "Waitin' on a Sunny Day"; the dark overtones of "Further on Up the Road"; the stunning guitar solo that closes "Worlds Apart," a dramatic Arabic-tinged piece detailing star-crossed love between a Muslim and an "infidel." Although most of these songs deal with death and tragedy, they still inspire. But while the lyrics are intriguing, what's more remarkable is how well The Rising works as epic rock & roll as it draws from rockabilly, soul, doo-wop hard rock, country, and even industrial. To skewer a cliché, when The Rising is good, it's great. And even when it's not great, it's still awfully good. --Bill Holdship
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000069HKH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The cd gets better with each listen. The E Street Band has never sounded better. One of the most passionate albums in their long career. Worth the wait. The cd was meant to be listened to in its entirety. To get the best out of it, I recommend listening to it when you have an hour to spare, put it on the cd player and get swept away. There is no better companion than Bruce.
He will take you to another level.
While only time will tell if this has the lasting power of Born To Run (27 years), it is a work reflecting the times with hope and gentleness.
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The Rising is the first full length studio album that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have released in eighteen years. The album is also the first by major artist to have the core of its songs directly address September 11th. The songs take on the events from the views of firemen, widowers, a man who lost his life and terrorists. "Lonesome Day" opens the album up and is somber in tone yet uplifting in melody. "Into The Fire" is a brilliant song about a fireman going into the towers. Mr. Springsteen prays that their hope gives us hope and their love gives us love. "Waitin' On A Sunny Day" has a classic E Street sound with a rippling Clarence Clemons sax. "Nothing Man" speaks from the point of view of a man who has lost his life. It is a sobering look at the fragility of life. "Empty Sky" details the NYC skyline minus the Twin Towers. This might be the most personal song on the album as Mr. Springsteen himself drove to a bridge near his New Jersey and witnessed the destruction a day after the attacks. "Let's Be Friends (Skin To Skin)" is a jaunty number that has a bouncy beat and reminds one of War's classic "Why Can't We Be Friends" in its call for understanding among different people. "Further On (Up The Road)" is a buzz saw rocker that first appeared on his 1999-2000 World Tour. "Mary's Place" is a nod to the E Street Band's halcyon days. Going back to "Thunder Road", Mr. Springsteen calls all his friends to meet him at Mary's place in front of a Born To Run era musical background. "Paradise" is a chilling acoustic base number that speaks from the point of view of a terrorist. "My City Of Ruins" was first played at his Christmas shows in Asbury Park a couple of years ago.Read more ›
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`The rising' was inspired by the September 11 attacks and is a deeply personal, moving musical experience.

There are typical Springsteen uptempo rockers like the jaunty, catchy `Further on (up the road)', `Waiting on a sunny day', `Countin' on a miracle', `Let's be friends (skin to skin)'

and a couple more, which are not directly linked to 911.

`Worlds apart' stands out in its Arabic influences, telling the story of a cross cultural romance. A brilliant track.

The title track is an anthemic rocker about regrouping, getting up again, coming back stronger. Almost a call to arms.

Other standouts are `Nothing man', `Empty sky' (about looking into the NY skyline where the towers once stood and seeing nothing), and `My city of ruins' a moving ballad which has a gospel feel. Spiritual. Absolutely amazing!

The highlight of the CD is also possibly the greatest song on loss ever released (You're missing) with poignant lines like `..too much room in my bed, too many phone calls... shirt's in the closet, shoes in the hall' describing the subtle signs reminding one of the reality of loss of a loved one. Beautiful! Even more meaningful to those of us who know someone missing from that fateful event.

Carefully and masterfully written lyrics, coupled with Springsteen's passionate delivery make for one of the best CDs of 2002.
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After one listen to the Rising, I could only think damn this is a really good album. After a day of listening, I thought damn this is a GREAT album (definite Grammy nomination here). If you are a Springsteen fan, this is the closest you are going to get to the Born in the USA days. It is a mature rock album by a mature songwriter (yes lots of songs rock, but also lots of mellow tunes). Lyrically, inspiration from 9/11 is throughout the entire album, and if anyone was going to write about the tragic events, Bruce is the one to do it (and probably one of the only ones I'd respect doing it). I'm already singing along to the songs as I drive down the highway, they are infectious. The first 3 songs really set the tone, each one is exceptional, and just fine songcrafting. The production is top notch, and the musicians are at their finest. I can only say, that if you have been craving Bruce to play some rock again, this is it. It is'nt rock like his earlier stuff, but c'mon, he is a mature artist, and this is just what I would expect, and just what I needed.
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If there is such a thing as an important album to own, this is it. Using the tragedies of 9/11 as the genesis of many of the tracks on The Rising, Bruce Springsteen has delivered a group of songs that often touch us, sometimes make us dance, and ultimately console.
Few, if any, artists could create a piece of work inspired by such horrendous events with such honest sincerity without a hint of exploitation. Bruce Springsteen, however, has done it. At first glance, the subject matter might suggest a dark record wallowed in sadness and loss. While those elements are here, there is an affirmative sense of love and faith's transcendence. Having used religious imagery often in past, Springsteen uses it even more and to great effect here. He yearns for guidance in My City of Ruins when he says, "I pray for the strength, Lord." In essence, these songs are prayers.
The themes and sentiments alone do not make this a great album. Couple them with the music and arrangements, and The Rising is a special treat. With new producer Brendan O'Brien on board, the record has a fresh sound. Soozie Tyrell's violin is featured on many songs. And strings are used well on a number of songs, especially the resounding opener Lonesome Day. The return of the E Street Band is also part of why this record is so special. They seem to get better with age. Although a couple more Clarence Clemons' sax solos would have been welcome (see Nothing Man and Further On (Up the Road), the band sounds great. Max Weinberg and Garry Tallent remain rock's most unassuming yet powerful rhythm section.
At 52, Springsteen has made a record that is distinctly his but also fresh with new musical ideas.
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