I have never considered myself much of a Bruce Springsteen fan. Yeah, I like the songs “Born to Run,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and all the other ubiquitous hits. Not to rub in my youth to anyone, but I was in kindergarten when “Born in the U.S.A.” was released.
But, after reading a few reviews and hearing from my friend who’s musical opinion I hold in very high regard, I decided to pick up “The Rising” when I had a few extra minutes to kill while on vacation this weekend.
Man, what a record! As someone who normally listens to Radiohead, The Hives and The White Stripes, it was unusual for me to pick up and listen to a straight-up rock record. But I’m so glad I did. Touching without being tacky and thoughtful without being vengeful (are you reading this, Toby Keith?), this album captured a lot of the feelings I had about Sept. 11 but was really unable to articulate. At the same time, all the songs speak on a more symbolic level that makes them more than “music inspired by the attacks of 9/11.” Like any good music, the songs on this album will remind individual people of events in their own lives wholly unrelated to terrorism.
The upbeat songs are catchy (having the E Street Band back in the mix has everything to do with that) and the slower ones still engage your brain even if they don’t make you wanna get up and dance.
So, yeah: Go out and get this album asap! I think it’s even inspired me to finally go out and get those Springsteen albums I don’t own (You can’t be a self-described music geek and go on without owning “Born to Run” at some point!)
I give it: