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  • Audio CD (July 30 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 72.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000069HKH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 543 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Lonesome Day
2. Into The Fire
3. Waitin' On A Sunny Day
4. Nothing Man
5. Countin' On A Miracle
6. Empty Sky
7. Worlds Apart
8. Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)
9. Further On (Up The Road)
10. The Fuse
11. Mary's Place
12. You're Missing
13. The Rising
14. Paradise
15. My City Of Ruins

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2002 album from The Boss alongside his musical co-horts The E-Street Band. Features 'My City of Ruins', 'Mary's Place', 'You're Missing', 'Empty Sky' 'Into The Fire' , and more.

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

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Format: Audio CD
The boss is back- it's as simple as that. Not only that- the E Street Band are back in a studio album for the first time since Born In The USA and it's Bruce's best cd since that mega album. He says he wrote it quickly and it sounds as if all the energy he's saved up in the last decade has exploded into a great album with so many highlights it's virtually impossible to guess the hits here. Here's a rundown of the songs with my marks:
(1)Lonesome Day(10)- Catches you by the balls straight from the start. Great rock. The boss means business.
(2)Into The Fire(10)- A song dedicated to the firemen/policemen who went into the fire on 11/9 and lost their lives(most of the album revolves around 11/9 as you know). Moving song.
(3)Waiting On A Sunny Day(10)- Starts a bit like Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and Hungry Heart and sounds like the old boss especially when Clarence Clemoms infamous saxophone enters.
(4)Nothing Man(10)- A slow moving song. Philadelphia style.
(5)Counting On A Miracle(8)- Like Born In The USA's songs, hard lyrics covered by pop/rock. A person who knows his lover won't come back is counting on a miracle.
(6)Empty Sky(8)- Similiar lyrics to the previous song.
(7)Worlds Apart(10)- A defenite highlight. An ethnic start suddenly explodes into Bruce's rocky best. Brilliant.
(8)Let's Be Friends(8)- A rather naive song, but here's to hoping...
(9)Futher On Up The Road(10)- More brilliant rock from the boss. Nothing to do with the Eric Clapton song.
(10)The Fuse(8)- Alright, not great.
(11)Mary's Place(8)- The writing on the cover mark this song along with Into The Fire and The Rising as the hits of the album.
(12)You're Missing(8)- Another sad 11/9 inspired songs.
(13)The Rising(10)- The title track and first single.
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Format: Audio CD
So along with many long time Brucie fans - the question for me was whether The Rising would be up with the classic albums of his first fifteen years (Tunnel of Love, Darkness, Born To Run being my top three) - or down with the worthy mediority of his output since. And it's the second for me.
The good points first. The lyrics are as fantastic as ever - full of tenderness, understanding and love. The E-Street Band sound great - imparting a real energy, which has been so lacking from Brucie's stuff recently. And I'm sure these songs will go down very well in concert.
And now the bad points - or rather point. Brucie in general just doesn't have the tunes he used to have. There are too many simple three-chord ideas without originality - and no amount of effort (which is there in abundance) can cover it up. For me over half the songs fall into this category - and that's too many pushes of the fast-forwards button.
In conclusion - The Rising is a must-buy for Brucie diehards like me - but I fear it will be gathering dust alongside Lucky Town in three months time - while I turn once again to the classics.
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By A Customer on Aug. 2 2002
Format: Audio CD
Bruce and his E Street comrades are back and in fine form. The Rising is a wonderful mix of Rock, Pop and slower compositions that all succeed in striking an emotional chord in its listener.
From the opening energy "Lonesome Day" to the closing gospel-like chorus of "My City of Ruins", the band takes us through a changed world filled with sadness, but never losing sight of the faith and hope that's present in much of Bruce's earlier work.
Emotional high points "Into The Fire" and "You're Missing" recall our nations tragedy while the uplifting sounds of "Waiting on a Sunny Day" and the rockin' "Mary's Place" take us to the fun and familiar places that many fans have been longing to go.
Bruce and the EStreet Band are a quite a ways "Further Up On The Road" that they have been traveling together for over 25 years. However, in a world of "disposable pop", they're still making music that's as current, relevant and exciting as anything out there.
Come on up for The Rising!
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Format: Audio CD
I was really anticipating this record, hoping that it would mark the return of Bruce to his "glory days". After several listens of "The Rising", however, it appears that Bruce just doesn't have it in him any more. I have been a huge fan of Springsteen since the mid-70's, but it pains me to say that he has not produced anything of lasting value since Tunnel of Love. While I can appreciate most of the lyrical content of his new cd, the music does not match it in intensity. Everything is mid-tempo or a ballad. Bruce's vocals also do not ring with the same passion as was evident in previous recordings, such as Darkness on The Edge of Town or Born to Run (or even Born in the USA - not one of my favorite records). Likewise, the E Street Band does not sound inspired, and the mix does not bring out the dynamic sound we have come to expect from them. The Rising is a big disappointment, because I think Bruce and the band can do better than this. Bruce's music used to be exciting - unfortunately, this newest effort is not.
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Format: Audio CD
Listing to this album for the first time was one of the great experiences a fan can have when an artist comes back strongly to the basics of his crafts..writing songs and touching his audiences.
The Bruce Critics want 15 versions of "Glory Days" rather then the lyrical magic of "Rosalita" and "Born to Run". Face it critics... this is an album to be reckoned with. For the first time in a long while, I am hearing selections from this album being played on many different stations, BEFORE the release. Songs such as "Nothing Man" and "You're Missing" touch the soul and hit the mark dead on.
I, for one, feel a complete artist not only writes catchy songs, but writes HIS OWN lyrics, and sings one on one and touches the cord of the listener. This album does, and that scares the heck out of the pre-programmed, sample this, play these 20 songs only forever radio of today.
This is a great album. The E Street band are key to its success, since they know instinctively what this is all about.
'City of Ruins' while played originally on the Concert last year, gets some new life here. This with "Marys Place" and "The Rising" continue as examples of a unique album where every cut is strong.
This album represents the generation that produced Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Gordon Lightfoot, and yes even Jimmy Buffett. They write songs that mean something to the listener and create unforgetable images. Its artistry cannot be denied, its purpose is obvious.
LISTEN to this album. It will mean something to you. Easily without question the best album of the year.
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