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2007 album from the singer, songwriter and Rock icon and his E. Street Band. Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, the album features 11 new Springsteen songs and was recorded at southern tracks recording studio in Atlanta, GA.
Thirty-five years as a justifiable rock musician allows Bruce Springsteen an opinion on the state of over-the-air radio, and he takes it--and takes the medium to the woodshed on the ruthless "Radio Nowhere." The opening smash sets the tone, with the ageless Boss wondering, "Is there anybody out there?" before imploring, "I just want to hear some rhythm." Then, with E Street Band in tow, Springsteen goes on to retrace every step between here and Greetings from Asbury Park, hand-delivering more could-be, would-be hits than anything he's done since Born in the USA. Credit producer Brendan O'Brien for the wall of sound that backs "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," which sets the atmosphere for one of the great vocal performances by Springsteen, who plays the misfit "in the cool of the evening light" watching the girls "pass me by." With piano, glockenspiel, and infinite guitars, the rocker "I'll Work for Your Love" recalls The River, with Springsteen even settling for blue-collar hero in matters of the heart. "Livin' in the Future" could be an out-take from Darkness on the Edge of Town, with shades of Election Day blasting away with the boastful sax of Clarence Clemons and Little Steven's relentless backing vocals. There's even a hint of Nebraska on "Terry's Song," an earnest (and mostly solo) accolade with Springsteen acknowledging the death of a friend: "When they built you, brother/They broke the mold." The hidden track closes this unforeseen comeback, and for 48 minutes the nearly 60-year-old Bruce Springsteen sounds 35 again. --Scott Holter
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The drums go boom-cha-boom on "You'll Be Comin' Down", Clarence Clemons's sax punches a hole through "Living in the Future", and a church bell can even be heard ringing out on "Your Own Worst Enemy".
But, as on Springsteen's earlier masterpieces, the underlying sentiment is much darker and more subtle than the swaggering music implies.
As everyone knows, your own worst enemy is yourself, and Springsteen turns a mordant eye on the changes in his own country since 9/11.
This is his most intensely produced album in years, this also sounds like the most fun Springsteen has had in a studio since the Seventies.
"I just want to feel some rhythm," he insists on "Radio Nowhere", a typically defiant finger flip to corporate communications, still strangely believable coming from an artist of huge wealth himself.
It's Springsteen's most complex, textured work in years, as rich as any in his catalogue, with songs that both challenge, inform and entertain. He once observed, in his lyrics anthology "Songs", that a song's emotional centre is dependent on the fellowship the writer feels with his subject, that when a lyric falls perfectly into place, "your voice disappears into the voices of those you've chosen to write about".
On "Magic" this happens time and time again, as he proves himself a master of the empathy required to bring his characters to life in all their contradictory, multiple selves.
With the E Street Band back at his shoulder, Bruce reverts to the romantic idealism of their youth on "Girls In Their Summer Clothes", and to simple symbolism on the title track.
"Magic" is an album that deserves its title. It's a solid return to form for the Boss, who delivers twelve new songs (there's a gut-wrenching hidden track called "Terry's song") with no filler. The opening song (and debut single) "Radio nowhere" is a well-deserved kick at today's radio stations and demonstrates how out of touch they have become with people. The rest is just as strong; "Girls in their summer clothes", "Living in the future", "You'll be coming down", "I'll work for your love" and "Terry's song" are all amazing songs, while the title track and "Devil's arcade" provide an arresting change of pace. "Your own worst enemy" is arguably the highlight of the album, with its Spector-esque production and an inspired vocal performance from Bruce. And while the album might hardly be considered original or ground-breaking, Springsteen himself is an original and does what he does best on this thoroughly enjoyable album.
It's ironical that Bruce is living up to the prophecy of "Radio nowhere"; the album is a number one smash in America, but the single is getting very little airplay south of the border. Maybe it's time radio programmers get back in touch with the tastes of their audiences...
Livin' In the Future sounds a little like 10th Avenue Freezeout but I think it's superior to it. You will hear traces of sounds and musical ideas on this album that harken back to various stages of his incredible career. Devil's Arcade would not be out of place on the Rising.
Girls With Their Summer Clothes is so catchy and happy it begs comparison with 60's Spector pop. How does this guy do it? He keeps being important and relevant to the rock world when so many of his peers are trivial or boring. He still has messages and they're packed in strong musical surroundings with good interplay with the E Street Band.
For those of you who think the Boss is over the hill, you are dead wrong!
I'd rather listen to Magic than most of his other work or that of other artists out there at this moment. This is an absolute classic.Read more ›
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I like this album, my CD is scratched so I got the vinyl. The music is outstanding, but the sound quality is harsh, very disappointing considering the CD was similar sounding.Published on June 26 2013 by David gilchrist
Intro Note: My original review of MAGIC has generated a lot of votes, but also a lot of negative backlash, so I thought I would elaborate on a few things before we get to the... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
Good presentation of the vinyl version of this album. It does contain a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and info, and it is a gate-fold single disc edition. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2012 by RyanJ
This is the worst sounding Springsteen cd ever. It is really hard to listen to. The vocals are buried deep in the muddy mix. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2008 by Anthony Robertson
Rarely do I listen to an album and think, "There isn't a single dud in the bunch", but that's what I thought as I listened to the final (hidden) cut. Read morePublished on April 1 2008 by grapemanca
The Boss is back - and bringing the E Street Band with him. This new album is an excellent rock album. Read morePublished on March 18 2008 by David W. Wildeboer
With all the respect I'm capable of for Mr. Springsteen as an artist / composer / musician, I have to say this was the biggest disappointment since I started to appreciate music... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2008 by John
Let's just say the production is what keeps this from being a five star album. The songs are there, as is the passion and the energy. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2008 by Kathleen YO!
Re: all the notes on the production. I found the production to be different but certainly not deficient. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2008 by klunker