Magic

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2007
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. It's the way Springsteen injects his American bible stories with the air of disbelief that makes Magic a truly mature and memorable album.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    Magic, his best record since "The River" in 1980. [5 Oct 2007, p.68]
  3. Magic is, in one way, the most openly nostalgic record Springsteen has ever made.
  4. Mojo
    100
    The immediately obvious aspect of Magic is there hasn't been such a musically dramatic Springsteen album since "Born In The USA;" and like that album, this is a State of the Union address disguised as a pop record. [Nov 2007, p.88]
  5. It stands well alongside any classic Springsteen record you can mention.
  6. Magic succeeds magnificently because it is the perfect balance of what we’ve come to love about an artist while venturing out to try new things.
  7. 80
    It trades in giddying, irresistible, full-steam-ahead-and-damn-the-torpedoes rock'n'roll. But at its heart, it's essentially a thoughtful wander in search of personal and national innocence.
  8. Magic is a strong record, riddled with sad emotion yet a noble intent to carry on.
  9. An album that resumes the glorious "Born in the USA" daze, of lighthearted girls on summer bicycles, and that hard guitar-and-sax sound.
  10. A sleek machine that's practically pleading to be taken out on the highway.
  11. As on much of Magic, Springsteen leaves the interpretive driving up to the fan, offering his most straightforward rock music in years.
  12. Springsteen's latest is very good, and a handful of tunes approach the level of urgency and raw desperation that made his earlier music so compelling.
  13. Credit producer Brendan O'Brien for the wall of sound that backs 'Girls in Their Summer Clothes,' which sets the atmosphere for one of the great vocal performances by Springsteen.
  14. Magic is a record aimed squarely at radio, stadiums, open car windows and the solar plexus of guys who don't notice passing musical fashion. Magic sounds big. And it sounds great.
  15. Magic is, musically, one of the most upbeat, accessible records he has made, even as its themes and stories make it one of his most political.
  16. This may be his best rock record since "Born In The USA" (I think I prefer "Lucky Town"), but that’s not saying much. Frankly I suspect his heart is in the quiet acoustic stuff, but it’s still great to hear him pick up the old Esquire once in a while.
  17. Blender
    80
    His rage is mostly disguised within the most anthemic music he's made since the '80s. [Nov 2007, p.143]
  18. I'll grant you that Magic is uneven, but I cannot admit that it is anything other than constantly captivating.
  19. Magic doesn’t break any new sonic ground for Springsteen, but no one was calling for a reinvention. Magic offers what Bruce Springsteen does best: a handful of honest, hard-working tracks about life and how we live it.
  20. Magic's songs tend to be as small in ambition as they are big in sound.
  21. Magic is a sturdy, sure-footed Bruce Springsteen album.
  22. Spin
    70
    More classic-sounding raveups like 'Last to Die'and 'Livin' in the Future'--a perfect hybrid of 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-out' and 'Cover Me'--work on their own merits, but we already know what these merits are. [Nov 2007, p.122]
  23. If Magic revisits the subject matter of previous career crests, it unfortunately recalls "The Rising" in its sound: Brendan O'Brien returns to the producer's seat, once again shuffling most of the E Street Band to the music's margins and focusing his attention squarely on the Boss.
  24. Truly, the heavy strings and pasteurization O'Brien has effected on the last few Springsteen albums--"The Rising," "Devil's & Dust," and now Magic, the Boss's reported return to form with the amorphous E-Street Band--has robbed Springsteen of his still-youthful energy and blue-collar credentials, something that has always been key to the believability of his sometimes overly corny manner.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 81
  2. Negative: 3 out of 81
  1. Oct 17, 2016
    10
    A definitive great follow-up for The Rising (2002), from Bruce & The E Street Band...

    A Little Underrated come-on this album deserves a
    A definitive great follow-up for The Rising (2002), from Bruce & The E Street Band...

    A Little Underrated come-on this album deserves a better percentage than Wrecking Ball (2012) that are a very disappointing album from the boss at least in the melodies
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  2. Apr 4, 2016
    10
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  3. Apr 2, 2016
    10
    ................................................................................................................Have 73% 5% less than Wrecking................................................................................................................Have 73% 5% less than Wrecking Ball (2012) is bull **** this album is over and over superior Magic (2007) is a Masterpiece!!!!!!!! Full Review »