Magic by: Bruce Springsteen

Magic

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Publisher: Columbia
Release date:
Media: Audio CD

Format

  • Import

Track List

  • Radio Nowhere
  • You'll Be Comin' Down
  • Livin' In The Future
  • Your Own Worst Enemy
  • Gypsy Biker
  • Girls In Their Summer Clothes
  • I'll Work For Your Love
  • Magic
  • Last To Die
  • Long Walk Home
  • Devil's Arcade
  • Terry's Song

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Editorial Review

His career currently on a roll, Magic reunites the Boss with employees, the E Street Band and it is terrific--a highlight in a long and illustrious catalogue. Brash and noisy and a lot of fun, Magic is packed with great, thoughtful songs. The stately "Your Own Worst Enemy" sounds full yet eschews histrionics, the atmospheric "Gypsy Biker’ has a strong melody to match, first single "Radio Nowhere" is an unlikely country-rock thrash and "Livin’ in the Future" has all the swing of "Cover Me", but without the drawback of dated production. In fact much of Magic nails that old Phil Spector trick of cramming a lot of blokes (and birds) into a small room, and getting them to play simultaneously. Given that the E Street Band are big blokes these days, the effect is magnified. Not only does Springsteen successfully recapture a sound that once seemed exotic, the same can be said of lyrics such as "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" and "Long Walk Home", rueful and distant and all the more believable than the evocative yet lifeless mini-film scenarios he once specialised in. The Sopranos has redefined the image of New Jersey over the last decade (Bruce and band even pose like a mob in their clubhouse, especially Steve Van Zandt), but Springsteen has reclaimed local pre-eminence with this excellent collection. Pulling off the rare combination of excitement and maturity, the grown-ups are really having a good time. --Steve Jelbert

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