The River (studio album) by Bruce Springsteen

The River
The River by Bruce Springsteen
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 396th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 753 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1980 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (53rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (396th)
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Bruce Springsteen bestography

The River is ranked 5th best out of 119 albums by Bruce Springsteen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bruce Springsteen is Born To Run which is ranked number 63 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,528.

Bruce Springsteen album bestography « Higher ranked (314th) This album (396th) Lower ranked (521st) »
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 753 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.1/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.2.

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75/100
From 01/25/2021 07:20
Pfff... It's a very rough album. It has a lot of real gems in there, but a lot of 'bad' tracks for sure. As a single album it may have been one of his best, now it is an average one at best.
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From 01/04/2021 23:50
This is a deeply flawed album, but ironically I come back to it more than most of Springsteen’s. It’s a real journey. Each song tells a story worth hearing.
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55/100
From 10/31/2020 00:07
The first disc is basically on the level of the other Springsteen albums in the 70s and early 80s. The second disc is also a recording of music. Filler filler filler filler. Fav tracks The Ties That Bind, Jackson Cage, Hungry Heart, Independence Day, The River which might be his very best song or at least is his best quieter/writing-driven song.
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60/100
From 05/11/2020 12:51
This is real Springsteen: achingly personal storytelling lyrics, Americana everywhere, proper songwriting. As with most double albums it could do with a trim, but this is at least a contender for his best.
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85/100
From 02/16/2020 22:26
I have mixed views on this album, but on writing this review i giving it positive a thumbs up. On this album its the ballads that stand out, and their no denying that he is good song writer.
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80/100
From 01/12/2019 16:31
Delicado.
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75/100
From 03/24/2018 20:21
Somewhat of a misstep for the Boss. There is some good stuff here, but there is a lot of throwaway tracks. I can't possibly imagine why he thought it would be a good idea to add "Crush on you" or "I wanna Marry you". Luckily Nebraska followed this up and made good on the silliness presented here. There is some absolute classics here though. The title track, Jackson Cage, Independence,and of course, Hungry Heart. Condensed to 10-11 songs, this wouldve been a lot better
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80/100
From 12/11/2017 15:02
I am not fond of how the album is produced. Also I think there are too many songs on the double that are just average,

This while some of his best songs are on the River, like the title song and Independence Day.
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70/100
From 11/22/2017 19:59
The first double album I´ve heard where I just have to say:
TOO MUCH FILLER
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95/100
From 11/21/2017 08:42
Up there with the very best of Springsteens work, some say this would have been better as a single album but I think there is very little filler here - great collection of songs - each song a little story backed by a great performance from the E street Band
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