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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 78
  2. Negative: 3 out of 78
  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 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! Collapse
  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. 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. Vassilis
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    His best album since The Rising
  4. bramb.
    Oct 4, 2007
    9
    A great album! No wonder the red state press is negative; its overtly political, masked by happy tunes.
  5. Jan 6, 2015
    9
    Excelente Álbum do "The Boss" É levemente melhor que The Rising 2002.
    Top 5 Magic 2007
    1-Long Walk Home 2-Girls In The Summer Clothes
    Excelente Álbum do "The Boss" É levemente melhor que The Rising 2002.
    Top 5 Magic 2007
    1-Long Walk Home
    2-Girls In The Summer Clothes
    3-You'll Be Comin' Down
    4-Devils Arcade
    5-Radio Nowhere
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  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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