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Outstanding Album, but hurt by Loudness War Mastering
on August 8, 2016
Magic is one of Bruce’s best records. It is an extremely strong suite of songs, not a weak one on here. Bruce is in excellent voice, the playing is great. Thematically, the record has a sense of feel, some anxiety of the times paired with a few great pop songs. Save for 2-3 tracks, this is a layered sound rock record. This review is written almost 9 years after the release and it is strange to consider why this was not a bigger hit. Perhaps it’s release in the fall, could see this as a summer release, with the pop songs I’ll Work For Your Love and Girls in Their Summer Clothes.
Gypsy Biker, Last To Die and Devils Arcade reflect on the outcomes of persons that went, some not to return, to Iraq.
I have both the vinyl and CD. Vinyl packaging is gatefold with a lyric album liner and nice label. Vinyl is 180G. Very nice, but my copy had some surface marks, I believe because of the extremely tight fit.
Main problem with this release, and it is a big one, is the mastering is awful. It is the best (worst ?) example of the compression engineers are using to get a loud sound out of a recording. The dynamics get lost and there is distortion due to the compression and having all the sound compacted together. The vinyl is hardly an improvement over the CD wich can sometimes be the case. In fact it seems almost worse.
Hard to believe it got released this way. Hoping this will get a proper mastering / uncompressed release. Perhaps even just digitally. An outstanding record.