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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: 73 out of 82
  2. Negative: 3 out of 82
  1. May 1, 2018
    10
    Springsteen fez de novo, 5 anos depois do incrível The Rising (2002), Magic prova-se ser um excelente sucessor.
    2000's se mostra a melhor
    Springsteen fez de novo, 5 anos depois do incrível The Rising (2002), Magic prova-se ser um excelente sucessor.
    2000's se mostra a melhor fase de Bruce Springsteen desde da primeira metade dos 1980's.
    A União de Springsteen+The E Street Band é sucesso é talento

    Destaques para faixas
    You'll Be Comin' Down
    Gypsy Biker
    Long Walk Home
    Girls In Their Summer Clothes
    Last To Die
    Radio Nowhere
    Livin' in the Future
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  2. DeanM
    Oct 9, 2007
    10
    Excellent. Where's reviews by Christian Science Monitor, Time, and Mojo--all rave reviews, but they're not included. But we get the Excellent. Where's reviews by Christian Science Monitor, Time, and Mojo--all rave reviews, but they're not included. But we get the review of the moron from Stylus that loved the Mandy Moore album. Expand
  3. JRS
    Oct 2, 2007
    10
    Um, where's Mojo and Rolling Stone's 5 star review? This is a great album.
  4. ZeroN.
    Oct 16, 2007
    10
    My friend had tix to see him in Ottawa the other night. It rocked. Never really listened to him that much before. Went out..got the album. My friend had tix to see him in Ottawa the other night. It rocked. Never really listened to him that much before. Went out..got the album. Excellent stuff....really blows me away. Expand
  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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