I'll play too. The Rising: The first E Street album since Born in the USA is a lopsided affair but there are some very good songs on this one, particularly Nothing Man and Paradise. This album also introduced some of his most durable "modern era" concert staples like The Rising, Lonesome Day, My City of Ruins and, like it or not, Waiting on a Sunny Day. Mary's Place sounds a bit too much like a retread - just not nearly as effective. And it's a sonically messy album, which unfortunately set the tone for many of his subsequent releases. Devils and Dust: Despite most of these songs being reworked outtakes from nearly a decade prior, the album holds together well and, overall, this is a more solid collection of songs than its predecessor. Black Cowboys is as good as anything on The Ghost of Tom Joad and Leah is a personal favorite. Sadly, this is a needlessly compressed mess, which doesn't suit these otherwise understated songs. By the way, has anyone heard Tom Jones' cover of The Hitter? Seeger Sessions: Here's Springsteen following his muse with arguably his most organic-sounding recording since the glory days. But as an album of covers, I typically tend not to include it when considering his albums proper. Incidentally, this was the only Springsteen tour since the early '90s that I missed and it's not because I didn't want to attend. It's just that the tour did not hit Atlanta, which was the first time the city was skipped since the early '70s. Magic: This is probably my favorite batch of songs since The Ghost of Tom Joad and it's easily the best of the modern E Street records. Long Walk Home is a particularly bright spot on an album full of them. But, infuriatingly, I'm not sure there's ever been a worse-sounding Springsteen album. Working on a Dream: Here's Springsteen following his muse again with an album that sounds like an intentional throwback to 60s pop. It's not hard to imagine Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys being an inspiration on tracks like This Life while Queen of the Supermarket almost sounds like an homage to Roy Orbison...if Roy were a cornball and a pervert. My Lucky Day is practically Springsteen parodying himself and the less said about Outlaw Pete, the better. There are a couple of bright spots at the end though with The Last Carnival being one of the most affecting Springsteen tracks of his modern period and The Wrestler being another worthy song penned for a movie soundtrack. Overall though, this is probably my least favorite effort from the reunion era. Wrecking Ball: This is one I really wanted to like a whole lot more than I ultimately did. I appreciate the sentiment, of course, but the combination of heavy-handed messaging, the head-scratching Celtic inspiration on some of these tracks, along with some instantly dated sonic effects makes for an overall underwhelming release. My favorite track is actually a bonus song included with some editions: Swallowed Up (In the Belly of the Whale). I really wish this album sounded more like that track. High Hopes: Like Devils and Dust, this is another album largely culled from reworked, sometimes decade-old outtakes. American Skin and The Ghost of Tom Joad are very good songs but I'm not sure these new studio recordings best the previously released versions of these songs. Just Like Fire Would is an inspired cover, as Springsteen fans are not likely to be familiar with The Saints (the same is true of the cover of Suicide's Dream Baby Dream that closes the album). But there's a lot of stuff on this album that doesn't quite gel like the clumsy This Is Your Sword, the overly ambitious Hunter of Invisible Game, or the downright embarrassing Harry's Place. My favorite track on this album, by an extremely wide margin, is The Wall. It's worth owning if only for that one song.