Magic

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  • Summary: The Boss is back with his E Street Band.
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. It stands well alongside any classic Springsteen record you can mention.
  3. 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.
  4. An album that resumes the glorious "Born in the USA" daze, of lighthearted girls on summer bicycles, and that hard guitar-and-sax sound.
  5. 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.
  6. Though his voice is strong and sincere throughout the album, most of the material has a certain karaoke-like vibe.
  7. 30
    All of these lyrics have already been said before and said more creatively, but what’s even worse is that they’ve all been said by him more creatively.

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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. AndersonS.
    Oct 9, 2007
    10
    I haven't heard THIS Bruce in a long time. It's great.
  3. JRS
    Oct 2, 2007
    10
    Um, where's Mojo and Rolling Stone's 5 star review? This is a great album.
  4. dec
    Oct 15, 2007
    10
    Best work in a generation
  5. SteveK.
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    I'm loving hearing all those e street sounds. The mood is right, unsettled, with less hope than on any album besides Tunnel. But I wish I'm loving hearing all those e street sounds. The mood is right, unsettled, with less hope than on any album besides Tunnel. But I wish the strings would go away. Expand
  6. JerryJ
    Oct 5, 2007
    8
    Good record. Radio Nowhere is an amazing song. Only the Boss could write a song that's about both the horrible state of radio, and the Good record. Radio Nowhere is an amazing song. Only the Boss could write a song that's about both the horrible state of radio, and the detached, loneliness that is prevalent in America right now. Expand
  7. KarlM.
    Oct 2, 2007
    1
    Disappointing album of a man once called "The Boss". His prime years are definitive over. Avoid buying.

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