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: 71 out of 80
  2. Negative: 3 out of 80
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  2. MartyS
    Oct 8, 2007
    10
    Where's Mojo's 5 star review???? That will surely offset that bullsh*t review by the chic from Stylus who raved about Mandy Moore. Where's Mojo's 5 star review???? That will surely offset that bullsh*t review by the chic from Stylus who raved about Mandy Moore. This is a great album. If you don't like it, you must want the terrorists to win. Expand
  3. BradClark
    Oct 2, 2007
    10
    This is a great album! It ranks as one of his best!
  4. ShannaV
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    I love this album!!!!!!! M.I.A., Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Spoon, the White Stripes, and Bruce.....this has been a great few months for music.
  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. ToddW.
    Oct 5, 2007
    8
    This surely isn't 'Born to Run' or even 'Tunnel of Love,' but what it is is Bruce again writing songs with memorable This surely isn't 'Born to Run' or even 'Tunnel of Love,' but what it is is Bruce again writing songs with memorable hooks and lines with the only musicians he should ever play with. When you cut away the bombastic, it really is an enjoyable album. 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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