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The Rising
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2009
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Having almost disappeared through three lackluster albums in the 1990s, Springsteen got back on track in 2002 to hold together and inspire post-9/11 America. He showed more resolve on "The Rising" than he'd shown in years; the fact that the music is inseperable from the September 11th attacks isn't detrimental at all, instead ensuring that this remains one of Springsteen's most interesting records. Songs like "Lonesome Day" and the brilliantly uplifting "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" are just what the doctor--or, in this case, the Boss--ordered. If "Worlds Apart" overdoes itself, "Empty Sky" is remarkably powerful ("I woke up this morning to an empty sky"), and the wandering depression of "Nothing Man" and the insecurity of "You're Missing" are spot-on. Most telling is "Mary's Place," which could've been on "Born to Run," only here Springsteen wonders, "Tell me, how do we get this thing started?" And if the happy-go-lucky bomp of "Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" doesn't convince you that Springsteen's as hip as ever, its "doo doo do do"-ing should: anyone who can release as much stellar material as Springsteen and still sound like they have something to say while "doo doo do do"-ing at his age is truly gifted.
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3 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2008
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Poor Bruce Springsteen, getting old and moving sideways, wrapped-up in leftist political struggle, confused about life...sad, oh so very sad.

His 'glory days' behind him, he pushed this one out. The music sounds forced, stale; like a poem without a theme or a rhyme; like a sunset on a clear night. Nothing fresh here, only confused notes and words. This one misses the boat (in my opinion, and after all, these reviews are only opinions).

If you can relate to this CD, good for you. If you can connect to the music, good for you. But I know what's good and this isn't good at all.

Bruce can do better; he's done oh so much way better!

If you want real Springsteen; real hard, raw, innocent, righteous stuff, you gotta try the 'Tracks' 4-disc compilation. Now that's what music is!

Thanks for reading this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This record is nothing less than Springsteen at his best. It's like I woke up to the Boss in his heyday again. It's hard to believe that the cataclysmic events of September 11, 2001 have channeled one of rock's greatest voices in such a mesmerizing way. How fortunate we are that his rededication to passionate musicmaking, along with the band that helped make him famous, have coincided with an urgent need to rebuild a city.

Like a missile honing in on its target, The Rising begins with distant allusions to the event and progressively builds in verisimilitude until the ashes of Ground Zero are staring you in the face. Intensity rises, too, as more playful tunes adroitly give way to those with dramatic fury. I love the way images of faith infuse the record as well, giving the downcast, as Springsteen does like no other, something to hold on to when things are very black.

Clarence Clemons' saxophone has never been more uplifting, and the tunes with his solos are some of the record's catchiest. In the last third of the album, the ballads "You're Missing", which encapsulates the unspeakable misery of a grieving family, and "Paradise", which I interpret as the reflections of a suicide bomber in the moments before his death, are stunning lyrical foils on either side of the title track; they beg us to broaden our sympathy for our fellow man and feel how even when at war, we are really one. The album closer, "My City of Ruins," is a rousing call to action in the form of an impassioned gospel-tinged power ballad; it's a poetic missile to my heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2008
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By far Springsteen's best work since Nebraska. A haunting collection of songs reflecting the horror of 9/11. Most recommended songs are "Nothing Man" with the poignant line "How my brave life young life was forever changed in a cloud of pink vapor" which evokes past horrifying descriptions of falling bodies hitting the streets below the WTC, and the title cut. IMHO-this album is the single most important recording of this decade.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2007
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I absolutely love this CD, I've been listening to it for 5 years now, and still have tears running down my face when certain songs are on. He captured the raw emotion I felt on 9/11, and it still to this day can capture me. Now that's fantastic music.
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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2007
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I love Bruce, have just about all of his albums. Even like some of the albums many others don't, like Tom Joad, Human Touch, Devils & Dust, etc. I'd never give any of his other albums fewer than 3 stars, and some are of course astounding 5-star classics (my fave is The Wild, the Innocent...).

But I REALLY dislike The Rising, I just find it extremely boring musically. Basic hooks, repeated over and over. I'm all for lyrics, but first the music has to be interesting. There are a few good songs here, most notably Worlds Apart, but mostly they are just boring. Even the basic poppy songs on Born in the USA were much more advanced than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2007
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one of his best and that's really saying something of course. 5/5. the whole album is a highlight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2007
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This album is outstanding!!!!. I bought this shortly after it came out back in 2002, although I was not heavily into the "Boss" at the time but I had been a fan in the 80s. Now in '07 I am back listening to Bruce and the band and I pulled this cd out and although it dealt with the events of 9-11 back then, it still inspires hope in the hearer today.Here is a rundown of the tracks.

1.Lonesome day-a great start to this or any cd. 6/5
2.Into the fire-a poignant tribute to firefighter on that day. 6/5
3.Waitin' on a sunny day-a hopeful peppy "Glory days" type song 5/5
4.Nothing man-a slower "Nebraska-esque" song, subtle yet poignant 5/5
5.Countin' on a miracle-a good inspiring rocker 5/5
6.Empty sky-an excellent, slow rockin' tribute song 5/5
7.Worlds apart-a good song, a departure from the norm,different but good 3/5, not a fav but good nonetheless
8.Let's be friends(skin to skin)-a bouncy romantic song,pretty good 4/5
9.Further On(Up the road)-great rocker, an updated "Darkness on the edge of town" type of song. excellent 5/5
10.The Fuse-great beginning, mid-tempo rocker, cool 5/5
11.Mary's Place-gospel tinged, outstanding rocker. another "Glory days" type 5/5
12.Your missing-sad, slow and stirring tribute to a lost loved one song 5/5
13.The Rising-outstanding, marvelous, ethereal,stirring title song. the best one the whole darn cd. 6/5
14.Paradise-another "Nebraska-esque" soul stirring song 5/5
15.My city ruins-sounds like something from "Greetings from Asbury Park" era, absolutely great. a slow paced gospel tinged masterpiece 6/5

This might be their best effort, ever. A balanced, tribute cd that stands the test of time. Even 5 years after, this one moves the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
after all the sadness of 9/11, this collection will set you back on a happy note. Bruce seems to capture the feelings of that American tragedy in his haunting songs perfectly. Even if you are not a die hard Springsteen fan, try this one. Let the healing begin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I usually can take Bruce only in small doses, but I found myself playing this CD over and over again and singing along. It grew on me and I fell in love with the tunes.
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