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  • Vinyl (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000V9KFM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,252 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
12. Terry's Song [*]

Editorial Reviews

Now this is more like it - Bruce and the E Street Band together again, writing, singing and playing great and memorable music. Lead single "Radio Nowhere" begins with `80s pop-rock rhythms, and then moves into a rockin' beat reminiscent of Bruce back in the "Born in the USA" period. You may even feel motivated to dig up those old school dance steps (a la Courtney Cox in that famous video) but try not to do it in the presence of the younger generation.

Customer Reviews

Buy it any true Bruce fan will love it!
J. Readman
The sound quality of this recording is so bad I can't listen to it.
Two Cents
First of all, the songs on this album are strong and very good.
Jf Kuhl

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286 of 331 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on October 12, 2007
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 By Jazzy Jake on 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 By Bornintime VINE VOICE on 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 By Samuel Shabrin on 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 By Douglas W. Erlandson on October 2, 2007
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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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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