Ironically, in doing so, O'Brien took the E Street Band sound right out of the music. The production was sleek and sterile. The essence of the E Street Band was previously captured through recording that emphasized its organic sound, and it was nowhere to be found on "The Rising." "The Rising" was a mixture of lifeless, modernized, loud production and uneven songs that tried too hard to fit a thematic goal. Springsteen went for a big statement and a contemporary sound, and the end result was an album that sounds unattractively dated and uneven 15 years later.