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The Rising
The Rising
Price: £4.99

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a little too much sentiment...., 31 July 2002
This review is from: The Rising (Audio CD)
For anyone who has been thinking that the past decade or so of Springsteen has been dullsville USA this is the album for you.
Like Cheese without Pickle, Morecambe without Wise, Beef without BSE, the Boss without the E Street Band robs us of the whole picture. Springsteen needs Clarence, Danny and Stevie etc and this album is an admiral return to the real E Street sound of the 70's and 80's.
The only downside is the lyrics. Here we have a complete package of post 11th September American emotion. We have the We're gonna get through this songs, the brave souls who went "up the stairs, into the fire" songs, the I'll never see your face again songs and so on. Even down to the falling in love with a muslim song.
What is missing however is the "sorry our boys murdered a wedding party and hid the evidence" or the "why are we trying to start another war with Saddam" songs. In the past Springsteen was a thoughtful, balanced, political beast with criticism of this kind of jingoeim with songs such as Born in the USA.
Maybe it was because this song was so badly understood by his fellow countrymen (to the point that is became an battle-cry anthem for red-necks everywhere) that he has just thought it is easier to join them and write this album!

Or perhaps the more cynical would say with Bush in the Whitehouse, Brucey is just looking after the bank balance and cashing in on the sentiment that is still alive over the pond (You may say that but I couldn't possibly comment).
In either case, maybe this album will give them the "closure" (sic) that the country needs and in which case the sooner this goes to number 1 the better. Perhaps this is what America needs but for the rest of us it is too much. As a typical "Gerry Springer" guest would say "Get over it"!
Musically however this is a REALLY good album and the rich E street sound is something that has been gone for far too long.
Maybe we should all just ignore the lyrics and celebrate that!

Whoa Nelly!
Whoa Nelly!
Price: £1.24

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is good - very, very, good, 21 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Whoa Nelly! (Audio CD)
To a "nelly-virgin" like myself (I had half heard, I'm like a bird (twice) before listening to this album)the first few tracks set you thinking that you are going to get a not-too-bad clone of Jewel/Alannis but after a while you can sense that there is a whole lot more happening here.
There are strains of Destiny's child/All Saints( at their best)with a bit of Basia thrown in for good measure - a real R n B influence in the middle part of the CD. It then finishes off with a very much Gloria Estefan style of Latin music for the last few songs.
My description may sound like a mish-mash of different styles but IT WORKS. The songs flow into each other and the overall feel is lyrically adept and musically very competant.
This is one of the freshest sounding CDs that I have heard for a long time! A REALLY NICE album and one that only the really pretentious could criticise.
Go hungry, stuff the credit card bill and buy this with the last tenner that you own - you will not be disappointed.

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