- Lonesome Day
- Into The Fire
- Waitin' On A Sunny Day
- Nothing Man
- Countin' On A Miracle
- Empty Sky
- Worlds Apart
- Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)
- Further On (Up The Road)
- The Fuse
- Mary's Place
- You're Missing
- The Rising
- My City Of Ruins
It would be a gross understatement to say that anticipation for The Rising was high. Having previewed one of its songs -- "My City of Ruins," which appears here in radically reworked fashion -- on a post-September 11th benefit show, Springsteen made it clear that the album was going to be more than a mere collection of tunes, and he certainly delivers on that promise. For one thing, the album is the first in years to feature the entire E Street Band; in addition, the songs all reverberate with the events of September 11th. On the surface, those two elements would seem to go together like ham and ice cream, but in practice the mixture works stunningly well. On several songs, Bruce revisits the plainspoken blue-collar characters that often pop up in his oeuvre, but here, they face concrete crises, rather than existential ones: The stark "Into the Fire" tells the tale of a doomed rescue worker, while the unsettled "Nothing Man" -- a song of brooding incantation and sharp release -- delves into the survivor's guilt of one who made it out alive. Springsteen departs from tried-and-true formulas on many of The Rising's better songs: Techno beats creep into "The Fuse" (one of the disc's more positive numbers), while the voices of a South Indian choir waft above and around the melody of "Worlds Apart." The ghost of E Street bombast past rears up now and again -- notably on "Mary's Place," which sounds an awful lot like a dusted-off outtake from The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle -- but for the most part, the musicians show admirable restraint. That might be a result of producer Brendan O'Brien's careful mix, but more likely, it's the kind of maturity that can only come from a place that's dark, but not without hope. After all, a rising can only come after a fall.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lyrical content is powerful. The band has never sounded better. Classic sounds of the E-street band, along with some uncharted territory for the Boss as he gets a little ''tribal'' with ''Worlds Apart'' If you like Bruce Springsteen, I believe you will love this CD. This artist without question was affected by the events of September 11th ( although he wrote most of the material before 9-11 ) Moving... Inspirational... Powerful... I recommend it to any fan.
An album concerning 9-11 can either be reflective and uplifting or sloppy and indulgent; unfortunately, for the Boss' latest album, it is both. First off, let us get the bad comments out of the way... "Worlds Apart," "The Fuse," and "Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" are not good at all. "Worlds Apart" is not only Bruce catering to the pop crowd, which for him, means he's selling out big time if he's going pop, but it also seems to honor the very people we're fighting. I'm sorry, but this is not a way to honor the victims of 9-11. The other two, "The Fuse" and "Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" are nothing but odes to sex. Okay: 9-11 and sex -- what do they have in common?! The rest of the songs are above-average, if not great. The title track is pure Springsteen and so is "Empty Sky." But the rest of the album can be summed up in this way: Despite Bruce's best intentions, he seems to fall short. The problem: Bruce does not push himself like he used to. It was bad enough that he used to only release an album or two every other year. Now he hardly releases any at all. To Bruce, I say: wake up, Boss!
Reasons why I love the Rising: 1. The E Street Band is Back! (geez! So's Bruce for that matter!) 2. The sound is fresh and new - GREAT driving music! 3. The old charm is not lost! This CD brings to mind many elements from the previous ones! 4. The songs have the heart to express what was too complicated for words to describe but we all in turn felt after 9/11! 5. It's not all gloom and doom - This is one of the most uplifting CDs I've heard in a LONG time! ...and of course there are 2500000 other reasons, but I'll spare you the details if you promise to buy this and listen with your heart! I promise you'll love it!! :)
Bruce has brought back the E Street Band and the sound that he departed from after the release of 'The River'. This isn't to say that the songs aren't fresh and updated as well. It was just a breath of fresh air to hear new material with the organ, piano, and sax sounds that distinguished most of Springsteen's music in the 70's and 80's. From the opening song, Lonesome Day, you will feel it. Though most of the songs deal with loss, they are uplifting and gave me a sense of hope and healing. One of my favorite tracks is Worlds Apart. With the background chants, it is a new sound for Springsteen. Though I was somewhat wary of this stretch, it works into a compelling and urgent mood, areas in which Springsteen has experience. The guitar solo in Worlds Apart is very raw, much like the sound of Darkness on the Edge of Town tracks. My least favorite track, Mary's Place is a weak piece of songwriting and the vocal performance is not very good. I'm not quite sure how it made the cut, but I'll forgive it for the other 14 WONDERFUL tracks. I feel like the old Bruce that I loved has finally returned! This CD is a must-have.
I am a big Springsteen fan, therefore I bought it and immediately & have listened to it numerous times. It was very moving to say the least. Even if you are not a Springsteen fan, this is one CD that you should own. I have tickets to his concert on Aug.7, and I hope that he plays many songs from this CD. Way to go BRUCE! You and the E-Street Band have yet again given the fans another GREAT one!! KEEP THEM COMING!!