It's been said that people can do their best work when faced with adversity. Bruce Springsteen, back with the E street Band for the first time on a proper studio album since - lets face it - Born In The USA, has done just that. From the first listen this cd grabs you and never lets its grip slip. The band are at their tightest ever and the introduction of string sections as well as the Asif Ali Khan Group expand the E street sound and bring an extra dimension to this record.
And it's difficult to pick a favourite. From Barnstorming rockers such as Mary's Place, Lonesome Day and the band's version of My City of Ruins, all with deeper and more meaningful lyrics than the fun, party Cadillac Ranch favourites of old , to the aching, broken-hearted characters on You're Missing and Paradise, Bruce has taken the horrific events at the Twin Towers and has produced songs from every angle. We get the survivor in 'Nothing Man', to the genuine heroes of 'Into The Fire' and 'The Rising', to the people left behind in 'Empty Sky', 'You're Missing' and 'Lonesome Day'. In 'World's Apart' he stops for a few minutes to preach love between cultures.
This is a truly remarkable record, stunningly played and produced. On one hand it is an exhilarating listen and yet, because of the subject matter, you will almost feel guilty for enjoying it so much. The irony of someone making his best record in decades based on such a massive tragedy is difficult at times to come to terms with. But if you like your music inspiring, thought-provoking, and filled with raw emotion go buy 'The Rising'.