Magic - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 109

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  1. Nov 14, 2011
    7
    This album is in a similar vein to what Bruce and Band have been releasing through out the 00's - The Rising, Working on a Dream. The first half of the record is very strong but trails off in the 2nd half - it really just doesn't excite at all. Existing fans should be pleased with it. It's more a reflection of the heights the Boss has reached in his career but overall this doesn't compare to his better work. Having said that, there is still lots of quality present and most songwriters out there could learn a few things even from this record. Expand
  2. CRL
    Jul 30, 2011
    8
    At first listen, its good. At second listen, it becomes something greater. In the end, Magic is a collection of almost surprisingly deep songs that also manage to provide pure musical enjoyment.
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.