The Rising (studio album) by Bruce Springsteen
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The best album by Bruce Springsteen is Born To Run which is ranked number 62 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,137.
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I'm a Springsteen fan. His 70s and 80s output is some of the best music ever made. Still I'm not totally sure I like this record. There's just something about it that isnt clicking. For one thing, its way too long. There is at least 5 songs that coudlve(shouldve) been cut. I would do away with Into the Fire, Countin on a Miracle, Empty Sky, The Fuse, and Further on Up the Road. None of those songs are bad, I just dont really see them as living up to the Boss's very high standard. Even with those cuts, I would still rank this below any of his classic albums. I understand the significance of the album in 2002 post 9/11, I just dont believe it has transcended that. All that being said, there are some amazing moments. Lonesome Day is as good a Springsteen as any. Nothingman is a totally epic slow-burner. Lets Be Friends and Mary's Place are both good fun, not exactly groundbreaking though. The closer, My City of Ruins, is a fine song (except for the cringe-worthy chorus). Overall, fine for a Springsteen fan but I dont expect this record will win over any holdouts
Not a bad album at all, but Springsteen has never been my kind of artist, I was only really attracted to this album by the concept.
The album itself is a little bit too long and for someone who isn't his biggest fan, boring. I will say that 'Your Missing' is very good and 'Mary's Place' is easily one of my favourite songs (it was the biggest surprise of the album, genuinely amazing), other than that, it's ok.
Truley amazing songwriting by Bruce !
If I have one criticism - it is that it is very long (15 tracks) but I have no idea how he could have made it shorter as I would not want to remove/omit any of the songs ??
I think this is Bruce's second or third best album. Some really great songs on here: The Rising, The Fuse (the sound is not very Bruce-like, but the lyrics are very much so), Nothing Man, Radio Nowhere, Waitin' on a Sunny Day, My City of Ruins. For me, this album is Bruce's best in years, and right up there after Born to Run.
Bruce gets his groove back here. The start of a career renaissance. Almost no one has such a strong second act. Because rock died on popular radio, you can't judge post 90's rock albums by hits. Yes most of his big hits were pre 1990. But a lot of songs recorded starting here and through today rank with his finest. I don't believe Empty Sky gets the love it should. The 9/11 inspired lyrics are crushing here.
"I woke up this morning
I could barely breathe
Just an empty impression
In the bed where you used to be"
Great comeback album by The Boss, some of his strongest material in years. Perhaps a bit too long but still has a couple of gems. Truly an inspiring records given the time it was released. A beacon of hope during the dark times.
Let me get this straight first: this is a good album. It soars when it needs to, and it fit the bill after 9/11 to a T. Some of its songs are great, yes. But as a whole, there isn't much that's really exceptional until the end. The production is stiff, the tone and theme jump and shift all over the place, and it feels kind of like his albums in the years before The Rising but with a bit more presence.
Key Cuts: Lonesome Day, The Rising, My City of Ruins
In the late nineties and early 2000's, Bruce Springsteen was at a bit of a loss. He had recently reformed the E street band for a successful tour, but Springsteen hadn't released an album of new material since, the ghost of Tom Joad, in 1995. Springsteen was also at his best when he had something to say, when he was inspired, when there was 'something to push against', as he would later say. That inspiration came on 11th September 2001, when terrorists attacked the United States of America, in the worst U.S. tragedy since pearl harbour 60 years before. Soon after 9/11, Springsteen was in a parking lot when a voice called out to him. 'We need you now', the voice said. Springsteen heard. In July the following year, Bruce Springsteen was back. The rising, was a fantastic collection of songs, concerning the events of 9/11. From devastated family members, to the courageous emergency services, even to the thoughts of a suicide bomber. It was moving stuff. The rising, is easily springsteen's best E street album since, born to run. Working with producer Brendan O'Brien who had previously recorded pearl jam, the band sounded bigger and better than ever. Lonesome day, is a fantastic opener, followed by the moving, into the fire. Other 9/11 inspired tracks were, empty sky, world's apart, paradise, and the title track itself, all brilliant. There are lighter moments, waitin'on a sunny day, and the wonderful Motown pastiche, Mary's place, are great fun. Other standouts are, the contemplative, nothing man, the rocking, further on up the road, and the excellent, you're missing. If there are any lightweight moments, it's the throwaway, let's be friends. Elsewhere though, it's brilliant, ending with the uplifting, my city of ruins. The rising, Is a fantastic record, that goes down as one of Bruce's best. It's a moving album that only someone with the stature of Bruce Springsteen could have pulled off. Marvellous.
His best and most inspiring work since Born in the USA.
The best record he made in years, it shows the Boss at his songwriting/performing best. He hasn't lost a thing as the years go by. Truly an icon.
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