Magic

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2007
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 113
  2. Negative: 5 out of 113

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  1. rdo
    Oct 4, 2007
    4
    If you like Tunnel of Love and Human Touch this album is for you...I didn't like either.
  2. TomS.
    Oct 16, 2007
    6
    Lyrically as good as ever, but musically it has a recycled, forced feeling. I didn't care for The Rising overall, but it did bring the substance, some of the songs definitely got under the skin. These are all surface, with the possible exception of the last track, which was added to the album at the last minute as a tribute to a deceased friend. If you want a great latter-day Boss Lyrically as good as ever, but musically it has a recycled, forced feeling. I didn't care for The Rising overall, but it did bring the substance, some of the songs definitely got under the skin. These are all surface, with the possible exception of the last track, which was added to the album at the last minute as a tribute to a deceased friend. If you want a great latter-day Boss album check out Devils & Dust. Expand
  3. SusanH
    Oct 3, 2007
    6
    What it really comes down to is whether you like the "Darlington County" "Hungry Heart" Bruce-style. If you don't, there are a lot of songs on this album, you are going to want to skip such as "Livin In the Future", the Beach Boy-ish "Girls in their Summer Clothes", etc. I really think critics have grossly overrated this album, just because it's a rock album by Bruse
  4. ChrisK
    Nov 25, 2007
    5
    I wish Bruce would stick with folk ... his rock sits too hard on the ears. I really wanted to love this record, and instead it doesn't even make my top ten of the year.
  5. PaulC
    Oct 3, 2007
    5
    A very average effort from one of the greats.
  6. ImanL.
    Oct 4, 2007
    6
    Sure I'll be at the Meadowlands next week. So what? This is still nothing much. What was the last great Springsteen album? I think if Lucky Town/Human Touch was a single that woulda been it. Long time ago and Radio Nowehere indeed; it should last about as long as the Beatle's "Love," ie dead and buried by the new year.
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. 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.
  3. Magic is a strong record, riddled with sad emotion yet a noble intent to carry on.