Magic - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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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. 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]
  2. It stands well alongside any classic Springsteen record you can mention.
  3. An album that resumes the glorious "Born in the USA" daze, of lighthearted girls on summer bicycles, and that hard guitar-and-sax sound.
  4. 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.
  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. Magic is bright and punchy, a digital-age production through and through, right down to how each track feels as if it were crafted according to its own needs instead of the record as a whole.
  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: 71 out of 77
  2. Negative: 3 out of 77
  1. RayZ
    Dec 6, 2007
    10
    Rich S. and Chris K. need to give this some more listens. I do agree that the first half of this disc is the weaker half but from "summer clothes" on, this could be the best set of songs he has ever put together. I have been an avid fan since 1980 and have seen this man perform concerts that a lot of these younger bands should ever hope to come close to. But back to the record. Too many people spend their time comparing discs instead of just giving merit to whats right in front of them....This one ranks right up there with the rest! Expand
  2. KLM
    Oct 6, 2007
    10
    Ranks up there with the releases of Eddie Vedder, MIA, Spoon, The National, and Spoon this year. Excellent. One of his bests. Great melodies. Great lyrics. And, it's very relevant. It has a message while still rocking. Expand
  3. DougPiwinski
    Oct 2, 2007
    10
    Ain't no time like BOSS time!
  4. Vassilis
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    His best album since The Rising
  5. bramb.
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    A great album! No wonder the red state press is negative; its overtly political, masked by happy tunes.
  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 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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