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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 clich¨¦, when The Rising is good, it's great. And even when it's not great, it's still awfully good. --Bill Holdship

Customer Reviews:

  • Bruce's Two Hats
    I'd like to add to the thoughtful reflections of some of my fellow Bruce fans with some observations on his harmonic progressions. On his first two records, we hear a reckless and youthful creativity, musically and lyrically, which gives way to the more targeted Anthem Rock style of "Born to Run." With "Nebraska", Bruce seemed to put on another hat altogether -- inspired by Woody Guthrie -- that of the folk-troubador. This hat, which he dons again for "Ghost of Tom Joad" and "Devils," is characterized by a simplification of both melody and harmony. While I can see the utility of paring down this way from time to time -- similar to fasting -- to issue it as an end-product can be pretentious. As Woody wrote no songs like "Born to Run", his three-chord songs were utterly genuine; he didn't know how to do anything else. The "Devils" CD consists almost entirely of Woody's same I-IV-V chords from someone who knows better. The resulting melodies are frequently as uncrafted as clip art; he might as well be speaking. But perhaps this is the point, and we should hear this as poetry recited over music and let go of our musical expectations. I must confess to being moved by that song on "Tom Joad", about the Texan who decides in the end not to murder the Vietnamese fisherman. Even though it is an example of the bland musical delivery of which I speak, it may be the lack of harmonic-melodic distraction helps pull us into the story. Then there is the early 90s song, "I'll Wait for You" which also uses only three chords [though I-IV-vi this time] with admirable Zen-like craft. "The Rising" reminds us of Bruce's objective musical mastery, while "Devils" seems principally his subjective musings. The latter still worth getting for the video performance, where his persistent use of falsetto voice contributes to the subjective, dream-state quality....more info
  • Best of 2002
    I have nothing against Norah Jones but her fine cd was not in the same class as "The Rising." Bruce dared to take on a subject that was like a 600 pound Gorilla in America and write honestly about it from many different viewpoints. Name one other artist that has that kind of courage. You can't because no one else did it. His voice has never been better and from the opening drive of "Lonesome Day" to the final plea for the country to RISE UP above the primitive ignorance and lack of tolerance of the world Mr. Springsteen presents us with a poetic, stirring saga that will last well into the next century as an artistic representation of these hard and tragic years in our history....more info
  • The return of the E Street Band (4.5/5)
    In 2002, Bruce Springsteen returned with his album "The Rising," his first studio album in almost eight years. But more importantly, it marked his first album with the E Street Band, his supporting cast from his 1970s and 80s classics, in eighteen years. A lot has changed in all this time, and this is reflected in many ways. Bruce certainly has a little commentary on post-9/11 life on "The Rising," but it doesn't dominate the subject matter. Musically, he shows a newfound influence of folk and even country music. But what's most refreshing is really how much things are the same. It was great to hear Springsteen singing rock n' roll songs with Clarence Clemmons, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, and the rest of the band again. "The Rising" is fifteen tracks deep, and the music is pretty diverse. During the tracklist, a hard rocking band piece will be followed by a simple, musically subtle one (a la "Streets of Philadelphia"), which might be followed by a track heavy with violins and strings. But for the most part, "The Rising" is as musically fulfilling, catchy, and interesting as any past Springsteen project. He branches into new territory, but the experimental instrumentation and collaboration is quite welcome. The folk influence is most noticeable, with the frequent violins and simple yet inspirational lyricism in many songs. The production and songwriting is for the most part very high quality. And lyrically, Bruce occassionally shows a glimpse of the depressed narrator he was earlier in his career. "The Rising" is another winner in the incredible Springsteen catalog.

    The album begins with my favorite track, the excellent "Lonesome Day." The band is at their finest here, constructing a melody that builds with strings and nice percussion. Bruce's lyrics are simple yet effective, and this song is very memorable. "Into the Fire" is an understated midtempo number, sparse and easy. "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" is a highlight, joyful and catchy. I absolutely love "Nothing Man," a beautiful somber song featuring an excellent performance from Bruce. "Countin' on a Miracle" and "Empty Sky" both are meant to be motivational, and musically are quite fulfilling. "Worlds Apart" takes influence from tribal music, and it's a very interesting approach. "Lets Be Friends (Skin to Skin)" and "Further On (Up the Road)" are both excellent, followed by the good "The Fuse" which precedes the album's most unforgettable song, the anthem "Mary's Place." This six minute song features the band at their best, rocking on a gorgeous arrangement. "You're Missing" is a nice late-album track, and the title track builds into a pumped-up rock song. After the slow "Paradise," the album closes on a truly beautiful note, "My City of Ruins." In this song, Bruce takes an inspired look at his dilapidated hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey, and maybe even at his nation as a whole. In any event, this song is excellent and a perfect end to the album.

    I think Bruce really accomplished everything that "The Rising" was meant to with this album. It's a very worthy addition to the Springsteen discography, and I highly recommend it....more info
  • Five years later
    When I bought this CD, I had to wrestle with my sense that the sorrow of 9/11 ought not to be commercialized. But then I listened to the songs. I am not a Springsteen fan, but I wanted to thank him for this record. This is a decent and appropriate response to the grief and tragedy of 9/11. And I found a new appreciation for Springsteen as an artist in these songs.

    I attended a Springsteen concert at Giant Stadium, not far from my home, after this CD was issued. On 9/11, people parked on the highway outside the stadium and watched the smoke from lower Manhattan as it drifted northward across the skyline. But as Bruce sang these songs, the mindless mass of indifferent concert-goers tossed beach balls and drank beer.

    I tell the story because it points to something essential about this CD - that Springsteen here has achieved something fine with his art that most of his fans cannot appreciate. It is that good....more info
  • The Rising - Four Years Past
    I guess it seems kind of odd to be expressing my thoughts about The Rising after four years. Not really. Not for "Tramps Like Us". For anyone who doesn't know who or what "Tramps Like Us" are. We are Bruce's fanatical fans who used to camp out to hopefully get tickets for his shows.

    I felt like writing this after I listened to The Rising tonight because I felt that the album had said some things to me tonight that it hasn't before. You see, Bruce has had a segregated following during his whole career. When his albums come out, "Tramps Like Us" are usually at the store as the album is being unboxed. It may hit No. 1 on the charts, and maybe it doesn't. If it does, it says there for maybe a week or two. I just told you why. We Bruce fans buy it right away instead of waiting to think about it. We can't wait to hear what new stuff Bruce has to say. It's been said many times that Merle Haggard is The Poet of the Common Man. Which is true. Bruce is the Poet Who Came After Dylan But Has Matured Beyond All Other Rock and Rollers. I used to be a huge Rolling Stones fan until they brought out albums with songs like "Too Much Blood" and started charging $300.00 for tickets, forgetting who put them where they are today.

    As time has gone with Bruce though, in comparison, is that his music has matured. Sure, at his shows, you'll always see alot of the old Boss. But, when 911 came along Bruce decided to write alot of meaningful stuff about what had happened that fateful day, and what life was all about in our world we are living in. But, the strange thing about Bruce's music, especially his lyrics, when you listen to the songs over and over, depending on your general mood at the time, you seem to come away with maybe a completely different opinion on what was said in the song.It's like the title track, "The Rising". The first verse goes:

    Can't see nothin' in front of me
    Can't see nothin' coming up behind
    I make my way through this darkness
    I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me
    Lost track of how far I've gone
    How far I've gone, how high I've climbed
    On my back's a sixty pound stone
    On my shoulder a half mile of line

    You see, when Bruce initially wrote these words, and released them, everyone, including myself, said that Bruce is attempting to describe what it must have been like for the firefighters and other rescuers when they were scaling the steps or whatever, going up into The Twin Towers to hopefully save lives. Yes, he was. But, four years later, when you listen to those lyrics, Bruce could be simply talking about "life" itself. If you don't believe me, read them, and think about what I've said. Think about your own life.

    That's what is so special about all of Bruce's music. This man is a genious. His music may seem to say one thing to you today, but as the years go by, the same song may mean something totally different to you as a listener. So, if you didn't give The Rising a chance when it came out, think about giving it another chance without 911 in your mind. Yes, you are going to hear certain songs like "You're Missing" that will always remind you of that terrible day. But, that's good too, because we should never forget. Thanks for listening to this "Tramp". But, do yourself a favor, and listen to the original tramp....more info
  • Rise up
    While not necessarily on of the Boss's best album, The Rising is filled with more hope and happiness than most of his recent work. Heavily influenced by the events of 9-11, this album deals with issues that range from facing and surviving adversity to the joy of being alive and in love

    Not as consistent as, say, Born in the U.S.A. or Tunnel of love, this album does have some stand out tracks, namely Lonesome day, My city of ruins, Waitin' on a sunny day and the title track. The music throughout the album is very much Springsteen, as this is the first record he made with the glorious E Street Band in more than a decade. There're a couple of songs that, at least to this listener, sound a bit different from his usual style: World's apart, with some Middle Eastern / World Music influences thrown in there namely the backing vocals (including wife Patti Scialfa) and parts of the melody, and Let's be friends (skin to skin), a pseudo romantic, happy song, this track sounds more like John Mellencamp than Springsteen, which is strange in the sense that even though they both tend to have small town-working man oriented lyrics, their music is almost never similar. This song could easily fit into Mellencamp's Lonesome Jubilee. Also of notice is the absence of American skin (41 shots), a contemporary fan favorite track that hasn't been released on any of his studio albums, but that can be found on the Live in New York City double CD

    This is a very good, if inconsistent, album that is very easy to listen to, but I wouldn't rank it amongst Springsteen's best work, even if it helped him win a few Grammys. Jon Bon Jovi (a declared Springsteen fan and fellow New Jersey native) once said that this CD was having a "hard time" making its way into (Bon Jovi's) car stereo...but then again, that's just Bon Jovi's opinion....more info

  • The Rising: Songs, best to worst
    1.) My City of Ruins: This is just an all-around fantastic song, Bruce at his best.

    2.) Empty Sky: Another fabulous tune, meaningful lyrics... Great.

    3.)Countin' on A Miracle: Admittedly a bit repetitive, both the tune and the words to this song are great.

    4.)Further On (Up the Road): The most underrated song on this album. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.

    5.)Lonesome Day: Yet another great song on a great album.

    6.)The Rising: The title track, and well-deservedly: one of the Boss' best.

    7.)Mary's Place: Although the lyrics don't match up with the rest of the album, the tune makes up for it: a rollicking good time.

    8.) Worlds Apart: Lucky Town and Born in the USA rolled into one: great tune AND lyrics.

    9.) Let's be Friends (Skin to Skin): I must admit, this one took a while for me to like it, but I've grown to love it, odd backup and all.

    10.)Into the Fire: Yeah, I know, how could I put it this low! You must have no respect for what this song is about! No, that's not it... But Bruce Springsteen is not equal to Dr. Phil. I like the lyrics too, thank you very much, but... Look at the songs above. They're REALLY hard to beat.

    11.) Paradise: I'm sorry. I really am. I don't like this song.

    12.) Waitin' On A Sunny Day: A fine song, but nothing special, especially by the standards of this album.

    13.) Nothing Man: As good as this song is... It doesn't do it for me. The tune is that of a filler song... Shades of Bob Orden.

    14.) You're Missing: For the life of me, I can't figure out what's the big deal about this song.

    15.) The Fuse: simply does not deserve to be on this album....more info
  • Some very hopeful anthems here
    "Into the Fire," "Waiting On A Sunny Day", "Counting on a Miracle" all of them are Springsteen's version of Prozac for fans. Yeah, the theme's pretty repetitive, but I'm certain when the next blue Monday rolls around, I'm going to find a lot of this album useful. It's not "Born in the USA" or "Asbury Park" but it's still Springsteen and it's still well above the crowd. ...more info
  • Mediocre effort followed by tired live performance
    Sadly, as a once loyal suppoter of the boss, I acknowledge that he simply doesn't have it anymore. The E street band has also grown either old or tired or both. I use to see BS at many of the small venues in New Jersey in his heyday. Great shows to be sure. In 2005, the last two shows at Shea stadium were a total disappointment. After starting two hours late, he gave the most lackluster performance to date. Clarence stood there like a rock and barely played. The rest of the band sounded week and loose. Almost as if they really didn't care. The boss was moving around a lot but vocally off key and strained to hit any of the tough notes. What a disappointment. If you're a BS fan, I know you hear it. If your not a fan, don't bother. His day is done. Buy the old records and rejoice in what was once a truly unique talent. ...more info
  • Not his best, not by a long shot.
    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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  • Hitting Home
    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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  • One of the best
    This is Bruce at his best. This album really helped heal me after 9-11 more than anything else, though 20 years from now they'll just be great songs to a new generation. We saw him in Columbus, Ohio on The Rising tour, 7 rows back, and it was moving and the most transformitive experience I've ever had at a concert, and I've seen Floyd, Fleetwood Mac,McCartney,Meatloaf, The Eagles, and many more. This album rocks and celebrates life, it's not a bunch of downer slow acoustic songs. I love this album and this album proudly got my wife into Bruce, now she's a complete Boss junky. If you like Bruce, buys this, listen to it at least 3 times, and you will love it....more info
  • NOT WRITTEN FOR 9-11!!!!
    Excellent music.
    Springsteen is a songwriting genius, but what people seem to have forgotten is that it was released TOO SOON after 9-11 to have been written about it. If that isn't enough proof, check out Springsteen's interviews about the album. He created a five star album, but because too many people are incorrectly calling it a 9-11 tribute disc, I am going top take away a star it very rightly deserves....more info
  • A Great Springsteen Album, Still A Bit Too Much Repetition
    This album reallly grew on me with repeated listenings. I loved the rollicking optimism of "Waitin' On a Sunny Day" and "Countin' On a Miracle," the moving and introspective "Nothing Man" (which recalls Tunnel of Love's "Walk Like a Man"), and the driving melody propelling the listener "Further On (Up the Road)".

    I was also impressed with "Mary's Place," which sounds like it could have been written for the Born to Run album. And the studio version of "My City of Ruins" will make the hair on your neck stand up, even though the song becomes mired down in endless repetitions of "Rise Up!"

    The heavy lyrical repetition is also manifest in "Lonesome Day," and "Empty Sky." Otherwise, this is one of the best Springsteen albums because of the musical variety on the record, the fifties styled "Let's Be Friends,' the world music tinged "World's Apart," and the aforementioned Gospel inflected "My City of Ruins." Buy this CD!...more info
  • As the towers fall, Springsteen rises
    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. ...more info
  • SOMTHING TO SMILE ABOUT
    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. ...more info
  • Everyone has a price
    He was nearly washed up as a solo artist so he had to get the Old Band back together. The effort is desperate but the result is not bad: Bruce sounds terrific with the Old Band (with the exception of Skin to Skin which makes the hideous mistake of trying to make Bruce sound SEXY). It caught on: The Boss got lucky. The problem is that he is now being marketed as an American Icon. Yet the photographs of him look as phony as central casting. Yet it sells. Bruce and his handlers should thank God for his credulous following and dumb luck . Bruce, once a genuine songwriter and artist, has been transformed into a talented prostitute....more info
  • Rate it a 10 and get over it
    I wasn't aware that this CD had anything to do with 9/11 when I purchased it. My daughter brought it home from school and it just sounded great, so I bought my own copy. Admittedly, I have never been a die-hard fan of Springsteen's music (sorry). But, I have changed my mind based on this musical masterpiece. One cannot help being impressed with its depth of vitality and energy.

    That being said - this is one of the most amazing and enjoyable CD's I own. I love the variations in the tempos, the stories, the lyrics, and on and on. Great roadtrip music and several of the songs have been transferred to my walking tapes. This is one of those CD's that should be in everyone's collection.


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  • This ain't no "Born in the USA" part 2
    I must admit, like other reviewers here, I was rather put off by the idea of "The Rising" somehow being "inspired" the September 11 attacks. There seemed to be too many musicians and writers out there milking the proverbial on the back of such tragedy, which to be frank, is absolutely disgusting and shameful. Thankfully, Bruce and the E-Street band don't sound self-conscious for a second. The songs could or could not be about September 11, but what is clear is the universality of the themes. Certainly songs like "Into the Fire", "Empty Sky" and "My City of Ruins" are connected with the WTC attacks, but the theme is so much more than a one-dimensional half-baked tribute. Everyone has lost someone for some reason, clear or unclear. "The Rising" focuses on the need to carry on regardless of what you've lost, whether it's a friend, a lover, or some part of yourself. However, Bruce never comes across as condescending or all knowing. He simply reflects on events in a way only he can. Standout tracks include the ironically joyful opener "Lonesome Day", the mournful "Nothingman" and "Empty Sky", the feel-good rocker "Mary's Place", the title track, and the fantastic closer, "My City of Ruins".

    As several reviewers have noted, "The Rising" is not going to shock your musical sensibilities - musically Bruce & Co. play it fairly safe, rehashing old tricks such as finger-picked arpeggios and the odd sax thrown in here or there to spice things up. But it all adds to the charm of the album, and it's clear that Bruce is having a great time making it! O'Brien has done a fantastic job in recreating a classic Springsteen sound with a modern twist. Some of the music on "The Rising" is a return to the wall-of-sound of "Born to Run" but not nearly as bombastic. Some rock purists will loathe the use of hip-hop style break beats, and may feel queasy when listening to the World Music of "Worlds Apart". However, unlike on "Born In The U.S.A" such modern touches actually add the appeal of the album, and show that Bruce isn't totally out of touch with contemporary music. The saving grace of these effects is that they are used sparsely and to actual dramatic effect, rather than "Let's chuck this in here, and there, so the kid's will like, dig it, man."

    Overall, "The Rising" is an amiable album, with plenty of great music and themes to keep you entertained. Despite weight of the themes, this is not Bruce's darkest work. Nor is it featherweight rock ala "Human Touch" (a good album in its own right, just not all that rockin'). It's a serious album, yes, but it really does make you feel just that bit more thankful for being alive. "The Rising" is the kind of the album that you always hoped Bruce would make - halfway between "Born to Run" and "The River". Well, okay, it's the kind of album I've always wanted him to make, but never thought he would!

    This is the work of a man who has rekindled his passion for music and life....more info

  • You will be suprised
    The Boss has not gone away....he still is capable of putting out gems like this one. From beginning to end, this is solid!...more info
  • The rising
    A very moving tribute to one of the worse days in recent US history....more info
  • Don't Let Misguided Production....
    ...spoil your enjoyment. Simply put, this album was meant to be played on a six-string. Listen and you'll see. All of the tunes have a "Springsteen" feel. There are well-crafted, moving lyrics joined with sweet, toe-tapping melodies. The knockabout syllables that characterize his early (late 70's/early 80's) work are still there. One can't help but imagine Bruce and his guitar laying these songs on the studio guys. I don't know why they didn't get it. These songs should have been released as as simple, unaccompanied tunes (so much for music industry executive imagination, maybe) but songs like "Waitin' On A Sunny Day" and "You're Missing" still sing pure and clean despite the excessive vocals and instrumentation. "The River" and "Nebraska" are wonderful narrative songs, and so are most of the songs on this album. They just don't know it yet. Look for a un-plugged or live version. Still an A+ collection, so don't be afraid....more info
  • I'm a believer
    I was never really what I would consider a Springsteen fan. His career started a bit before my 'time' of when I first started listening to music, and while I liked some of his radio-popular hits I never felt the need to buy any of his music.

    Until I heard this album while in a friend's car, and was blown away. Each song just pulled me in, and held me there all the way to the end. Even after a few years of listening to this album now, I still enjoy every moment of it and find something new in each song when I listen to them. The songs feel like they are written by somebody REAL, writing and singing about real emotions and problems in life, and it's believable and makes you feel part of his world.

    Rock on Bruce - you've made me a fan....more info
  • Springsteen rides again
    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....more info
  • The Boss
    In a time of corporate created bands who's talents are a mirage created in a studio/music television and who's songs are always focused on sex and materialism in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator in human nature, it is refreshing to know that we still have great musicians who can avoid such cliches in order to sell a record.

    Bruce Springsteen who's songs tend to reflect the common person, arguably sits among the greatest songwriters of our time in Rock and certainly the best thing to ever come out New Jersey. In my opinion, Bruce Springsteen is the greatest living Rock star we have today.

    There are few celebrities that have my admiration when it comes to their talent. As the Amazon editorial pointed out in their review of The Rising, even at his worst he is "very good" - the difference being, I see this throughout his entire career, not just this album.

    However Bruce Springsteen is not alone, for beyond Bruce's talent, the E. Street Band has proved to be his greatest asset....more info
  • AMAZING ALBUM BUT...
    AMAZING ALBUM THAT REALLY ROCKS, BUT WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BRUCE SPRINGSTEENS "MARYS PLACE" AND SAM COOKES "MEET ME AT MARYS PLACE" WHICH IS ON HIS GREATEST HITS ALBUM (AND THE NEW "PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND" ALBUM). BOTH SONGS HAVE EXTREMELY SIMILIAR CORUSES. DID BRUCE USE THIS SONG AS A BASIS FOR HIS?? ANY ANSWERS WOULD BE APPRECIATED...more info
  • Bruce!
    I did not become a Bruce Springsteen fan really until I heard the first single from this album which is the title track.

    I think the whole album is just absolutely incredible. It has turned me on to this rock legend and everything he has done. I have noW explored his past musical endeavors, and I still think this is his best ever.

    This album makes me feel fresh, excited, and just genuinly happy!...more info