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This review is from: The Rising (Audio CD)
What a juggernaut of an album. I didn't give it five stars, because I don't believe in perfection, but this comes near.
To release a record as good as this thirty years down the line is the stuff of legend. Give me this over anything the Beatles wrote any day. THIS is rock n roll.
Obviously, written in the aftermath of 9/11, a number of songs represent Bruce dealing with those events (Lonesome Day, Into the Fire, You're Missing), but listen to the sax wail in the title track as the Big Man summons up the ghosts of glories past, and you are reminded that here is a band that can still rock it out with the best of them. My first Bruce gig was London 2002 on the Rising tour, and the power of the E Street Band blew me away.
And having said all that, I believe the album's masterpiece is one of the less lauded offerings, 'Worlds Apart'. Given the current international climate, this track resonates. It begins with some form of what sounds like Middle - Eastern or Far - Eastern chanting/music (please excuse my ignorance!), before building into an E Street tornado of a tune. Some fine guitar work on this one as well, from Stevie or Nils, or maybe even the Boss himself, but it sounds more like a Strat than a Tele to my ear. Just look at the lyrics - 'Down through the mountain roads/where the highway runs to dark/'neath Allah's blessed rain/we remain worlds apart', and 'may the living let us in, 'fore the dead tear us apart'. Masterful.
I am biased, because I believe that Bruce records should be issued at birth, but buy this album. It is so far ahead of the vast majority of modern stuff its funny. I don't believe that Bruce gets the credit he deserves for evolving, surviving and still prospering all these years later.
But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that music like this is still out there.