Bruce Springsteen -- The Rising

(Sony)

Part of my 2002 Top Ten list as published by Neumu on Jan 17, 2003

Sure, it's got its overly mauldin bits, and too much earnestness can weigh on a soul, but luckily, Bruce knows that, so he balances it with soul workouts like "Mary's Place." And, as always, what he's saying is more ambiguous than you might assume: why else would his "dream of life" image on the title track -- that catfish dancin' at the end of his line -- actually be an image of death?

--Jim Connelly

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