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Recorded in eight weeks with the intention of hitting the road with the E Street Band for a full-on rock n' roll tour, Magic is a tight and focused collection of neo-classic rock 'n' roll songs, infused with Springsteen's sense of grandeur and melancholy. As one of the few old school rock believers in a music industry obsessed with celebrity pop, Springsteen's toughened up his sound ("Radio Nowhere") and given his hooks extra bite that recall the former glory days (1975-85) of his work with the E Street Band ("Girls in Their Summer Clothes," "I'll Work For Your Love"). Springsteen's electric guitar sits front and center with his fellow guitarists strengthening the aggressive bloc, but it's Danny Federici's trilling organ and Clarence Clemons' boastful sax that seal the nostalgic vibe that permeates the material. Brendan O'Brien's production continues to emphasize a new forcefulness in drummer Max Weinberg's approach, as the eerie drama of "Last to Die" unfolds and Springsteen re-finds the shrieking bravado he hasn't flashed since The River. Springsteen's sound reverts to classic form, but more importantly he's still engaged with the current American scene, as "Living in the Future," "LongWalk Home," the title track and "Devil's Arcade" reflect his unease with world conditions.

Customer Reviews

A Story within an Album

Magic is one of those rare albums where if you sit down and listen to the whole thing, you swear you can hear a story through the songs. It's a beautiful, beautiful album. "Girls in their Summer Clothes" is the warm centerpiece that conjures images of a pastoral southern town. Songs like "Your Own Worst Enemy", "Last to Die" and "Gypsy Biker" tell tales of old west standoffs and life on the road. Little gems like "I'll work for your love" and "You'll be coming down" tie it together, with the why-wasn't-this-a-hit tour de force of "Long Walk Home" sweeping in towards the end. A short, poignant song-within-a-song at the end of "Devil's Arcade" saluting a recently-dead friend caps off the album. Magic truly is a fantastic, emotional collection that is severely underrated.

Magic delivers!!!

Magic delivers true redemption-rock like any Bruce album should. It's part political stumping speech and part true Americana Rock Religion. Any Bruce fan woud be proud and sining at the top of their lungs by "Long Walk Home". Enjoy!!!

SOunds Like A Copy

Is it just me or does the guitar sound like an exact copy of the song 867-5309. Other then that note, this is a great effort by the Bruce. It defenatly sounds like his older stuff.

Biography

Born: September 23, 1949 in Freehold, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread critical approbation, with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's...
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