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Magic [CD]

Bruce SpringsteenAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)

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Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records release 'Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.' He has released seventeen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B000V8I2QU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Nowhere
2. You'll Be Comin' Down
3. Livin' in the Future
4. Your Own Worst Enemy
5. Gypsy Biker
6. Girls in Their Summer Clothes
7. I'll Work for Your Love
8. Magic
9. Last to Die
10. Long Walk Home
11. Devil's Arcade

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Product Description

a music cd. classical rock

Magic, Bruce Springsteen's new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years, is set for release by Columbia records on October 2, 2007. Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, the album features eleven 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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286 of 331 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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 review proper. First, I am posting a revised version of the review. The original is still listed on Now onward.

When I wrote this review back in early October, I made it quite clear that, although I like Springsteen's music, I haven't taken the time to go through his discography like I have with other musicians. My original review was written from a point of view of a middle-of-the-road Springsteen fan. Although Springsteen obviously has a very strong, devoted fanbase, I think my status as a good, but not hardcore, fan represents a good proportion of potential listeners for this album, and so is a valid or helpful review.

I freely confessed I hadn't listen to all of his albums, though I have a passing familiarity with most of them. People really took me to task for not having heard TUNNEL OF LOVE, which is USA's followup, even though I made it clear I haven't listened to Springsteen as extensively as I have other musicians due to time and money. Yes, you an be a fan of Springsteen and not have heard TUNNEL. I'm a Tom Waits fan and there's a lot of his albums I haven't heard all the way through.

Since I posted the review, I have taken the time to listen to TUNNEL, and have even wrote a review of it for Amazon. It's quite good, and it's a perfect bridge between USA and MAGIC. I consider it his pop trilogy, much like NEBRASKA, TOM JOAD, and DEVILS & DUST is his acoustic/folk trilogy.

Though I've been accused of "not being a fan" because I hadn't heard TUNNEL, listening to it really didn't radically change my position on MAGIC. It only slightly modified it.
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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inexcusable production October 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I need to play this quite a few more times to judge the songs. On first listen, I've found some of the arrangements interesting, some songs catchy and some lyrics interesting. Overall OK given that I'm not a huge Bruuuuuuce fan. Eventually, I'd likely give it a 3 or perhaps 4 star rating based on content.

But.... The production and engineering of this CD is inexcusable. The sound is very compressed - WHY? It is also very muddy, often hard to discern the lyrics through the fog of sound. It's 2007; O'Brien should be embarrassed at a production this unlistenable - for a major artist no less, who should have access to the best facilities and technicians.

My Vandersteen speakers swallowed this CD up. Even the normally expansive Vandys couldn't overcome the compression of this recording.

Springsteen should insist that this be remastered or rerecorded; unbought copies of this be recalled; anyone who bought it be sent the remastered version if they send in proof-of-purchase.

How the label, artist, producer or engineer let this travesty see the light of day is inexplicable. It is 2007 isn't it?
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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why does it sound so bad?? October 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've bought every Bruce Springsteen album since Darkness the first day it was released so I'm not a newcomer to Bruce. This is a great collection of songs. Bruce says so much here musically and lyrically, but I have to agree with so many other people that the production is terrible. In listening to this cd a few times in my car I actually considered whether I needed better speakers; until I put in another cd which sounded perfectly fine. I listened to the album online last week through my cheap PC speakers. I loved it and was looking forward to listening to it in high fidelity. Apparently this will never happen unless a remastered version of this comes out many years from now. I find that this cd can not be turned way up without horrible distortion and it is actually tiring to listen to this for long periods of time. Great - a Springsteen cd that I can't crank up and listen to repeatedly. Contrast The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (which was released a mere 34 years ago) with Magic and you'll find you're now waist deep in the Big Muddy.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for Songs, 1 Star for Production October 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love the new songs, so I'm not going to spend time going over them one by one. My beef is with the production of the CD.

How is it possible for EVERY instrument to be playing at exactly the same level throughout every song, throughout the entire CD? The music is SO compressed that at times I can barely hear the vocals. There's an organ in there somewhere- I thought I heard it. Guitar solos... I hear something, but I can't make out the riff. Sax, snare, bass-- all sounding as if they're being played through a funnell. Was this mixed for AM Radio??

I know there has been chatter about CD's being issued too hot, too loud, but this is ridiculous. And I don't care if it's Springsteen's "signature" sound - this CD goes over the line. As great as the songs are, its painful to listen to them. How bout a 5.1 mix to open it up? It would be great to hear the drums and bass and organ and guitar and vocals--- instead of just drumsbassorganguitarvocals !
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Great lyrics and song writing with the usual powerful "E" Street production. However, my opinion of the studio mixing is between bad and poor. "Magic" would have been three times what it is with normal mixing. Sounds like the studio mixer had his equipment set up in the basement. Almost can't listen to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD, great condition. One of Bruce Springsteen's best CDs. A great CD for new Bruce Springsteen lovers.
Published 1 month ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by A. Ronyak
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than average
Not the Springsteen I grew up with. I know we are never going to get Born to Run or Darkness again so I'm not judging Magic against his classic albums. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Fountas
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
fair but where's the magic?
Published 3 months ago by Max Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 3 months ago by mariannmccabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Highlights!
Hey, all I can say is. Pass up the First couple of of songs and the rest are great! Then go back to the first couple of songs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Coreyj
5.0 out of 5 stars Still in my CD player
Magic is an underrated Springsteen album. Radio Nowhere, Girls in Their Summer Clothes and Long Walk Home are real classics. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John English
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Production!!
Agree with everyone about the "Wall of Mud" production--great songs that are unlistenable!!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by sylvester matera
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for the Wax Trax
Great sound for a great album. The Vinyl really delivers a fuller, richer listening experience. Highly recommended album and artist
Published 8 months ago by Max
4.0 out of 5 stars not indispensable, but a nice professional job
Bruce's 2007 reunion with his E Street Band after some years apart generates some energy, and I found the sound, in my car, perfectly fine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stanley Crowe
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is the sound better on the vinyl edition?
In reply to Mr. Feldman and a few others;
seems to me there are two different discussions going on about the "sound" of Bruce's new album.
One is Bruce's wall of sound with all the performers kind of playing the same note at the same time. I have no issue with that. As you point... Read More
Oct 4, 2007 by Richard A. Ward |  See all 58 posts
Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Am I the only one who thinks of this song as a pseudo-sequel to "Out in the Street"? Besides the fact that "Girls" contains an almost identical line about "watching girls pass by," and the lyrics in general are similar and they both have a similar peppy swagger, the... Read More
Oct 3, 2007 by Boss Fan |  See all 18 posts
Magic review
Bravo! It will be hard to review the album myself since you say it all so wonderfully and make it sound so enticing. I'm forcing myself to wait for release day when I can go pick it up, unwrap it and just listen; but your words keeping making that wait - and maintaining my will power of just... Read More
Sep 12, 2007 by Boss Fan |  See all 28 posts
Radio Nowhere
Yeah, neither of you guys would want to risk spending a whopping ten bucks on an album of someone you consider yourself a fan without hearing it first. Jeez.... Welcome to the reason classic rock acts don't get attention for their new stuff, radio play and why their albums sell a fraction of... Read More
Sep 9, 2007 by Boss Fan |  See all 166 posts
I think it's easier to rate his top 5 albums than his top 5 songs :

1. Born to Run
2. Darkness on the Edge of Town
3. The River
4. The Rising
5. Born in the USA
Sep 28, 2007 by Deepak K. Singh |  See all 29 posts
born in the u.s.a. vs. "magic" Be the first to reply
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