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Bruce Springsteen is responsible for at least five classic albums since 1975. "Magic" is not one of them.
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Ron

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Oct 1, 2007
 
The Boss does'nt have to reinvent Born to Run every time he goes into a studio. Its been apparent to alot of people who have been to many of his shows that he has fun making Rock and Roll. And those of us who enjoy Rock and Roll, especially enjoy the way he plays it.
The Stones have'nt put out anything worth listening to since before Bruce made it big 30 years ago. All of the iconic rockers of yesteryear, like the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and even the Police are reduced to doing nostalgia tours. It is obvious that you are not a Springsteen fan. Thats OK. This E-Street tour is not a nostalgia tour. It is as important and relevent as 1978. The only icon who has been around since the early days of Rock is still blasting our speakers off. As for me, I don't care if his next album is a bunch of rockin Christmas carols, because it will still be a better product than the crap that others are currently putting out.
Pete Rose

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#2
Oct 1, 2007
 
Review starts with the following line: "Bruce Springsteen is responsible for at least five classic albums since 1975.'Magic is not one of them.'"

Any chance this review gets updated so we know which albums the reviewer believes are the classics?

I vote for the obvious "Born to Run,'' "Born in the U.S.A.," the ambitious "The River,'' the mature "Tunnel of Love,'' and the longshot "Nebraska.''
Some Dude

West Hartford, CT

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#3
Oct 1, 2007
 
I agree. The album is good but not a classic. But still good for a guy in his 50's. Can't wait till tomorrow night.
Some Dude

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#4
Oct 1, 2007
 
And I'm sure the "classics" are the 5 in a row he rattled off starting in 75: Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, Nebraska and Born in the USA
Gary

Hartford, CT

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#5
Oct 2, 2007
 
I've listened to this CD several times and trust me, it belongs with Springsteen's classics. Most people never realize how good an album is until years later when it passes the test of time.

"The Rising" was a great CD but "Magic" is far superior. It's better than "Born in the USA" in my opinion. It easily can be mentioned in the same breath as "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "Born to Run".

It's not an exercise in nostalgia, it's The Boss and the E Street Band doing what they do best. And people that have put "The River" in the category of classics are a bit off base. Had "The River" been condensed into one great album, yes. But as with most double albums it doesn't sustain excellence throughout. There were only a few double albums that pulled that off, in my opinion. "Exile on Main St" by the Stones and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John come to mind.

Really listen to this disc and after only a few listens you will agree that Springsteen is right back where he should be....on top of the mountain.
Jack

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#7
Oct 2, 2007
 
Come on all these tours are nostalgia tours. I hope Bruce gets to Hartford by showetime, he gets out of the factory job at 5PM 95North can be tough and Bruce has to be back at work by 7AM Wed.
ralph

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#8
Oct 2, 2007
 
almost non music
Rich

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#9
Oct 3, 2007
 
This album is meant to be seen live
thomas

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#10
Oct 7, 2007
 
It is a tremendous album, but where you are most mistaken in your review is in dismissing politics. With few exceptions this album is emotionally driven by the catastrophic malevolence and dishonesty of the Bush Years. This is not an optimistic and joyous rock-n-roll party. Listen again. It couldn't be more explicit. The "Magic" is just a bunch of dirty tricks and it's going to be a long walk home from all the misery, loss, destruction, the stacks of bodies by the door. The album could have been titled Betrayal and it could be the most hopeless and helpless album he's ever done. And just as nobody could better subvert the Western genre like Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven", Springsteen himself is the best person to hollow out his own anthems of triumph. "Living in the Future" rocks, but "none of this has happened yet" is positively dissociative in its denial of present reality. It's a sardonic iteration of Bush theatrics, not simply an attempt at reviving 1970s arena blowouts. The album certainly involves themes other than politics — and may even be more enjoyable if one focuses solely on them instead — but its no good pretending that Springsteen himself isn't fully aware of the degree to which this administration has betrayed this country and its values. And if you can't find it in the music, perhaps his spoken introductions in concert about torture, illegal wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, etc. will help.
Just An Observer

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#11
Oct 7, 2007
 
I like ya Bruce. Just listened to "Born To Run", again, and you'd have to be dead not get inspired by that one. The guy could sing about taking out the garbage, and I'd give it a listen. Thanks for all the great music. Saw ya at Masonic Temple here in Michigan, and I will never forget it!
texasskickin

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#12
Oct 8, 2007
 
We who started with bruce in the 70s and stay with him thru the 80s and 90 now in 2000 have grown; so has he, do you still stay in the 70s or do you go on.............. we go on ,bruce again tells its time again to go on, E street band sound like all of us when they get together ,okay old stories are good but lets go on .Its good to be with a band that can go on, thanks again bruce to understand what needs to done.
Anthony

Newington, CT

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#13
Oct 8, 2007
 
lol!
Bruce Springsteen = Most Overrated Musical Act of the Last 2 Centuries
Brent

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#14
Oct 9, 2007
 
As I said earlier, it's a change from current trends that a band actually plays on an album as opposed to some computor manufactured hip hop.
A real collection of songs created to be played live.
Gary

Hartford, CT

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Oct 9, 2007
 
Anthony wrote:
lol!
Bruce Springsteen = Most Overrated Musical Act of the Last 2 Centuries
Anthony, let me guess....you love The Backdoor errrrr Backstreet Boyz....
Anthony

Newington, CT

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#16
Oct 9, 2007
 
Gary wrote:
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Anthony, let me guess....you love The Backdoor errrrr Backstreet Boyz....
I don't think they are even a group anymore, but I'll let you tell me since you follow them.
No, I'm not really into pop.
And I'm not saying that what I like is the "best" music. All I'm saying is that Bruce is overrated. I've heard him sing, and it was quite the opposite of impressive.
BTW...were you trying to imply I'm gay by saying that I like the Backdoor boys? I think you need to stop projecting your fantasies on me, GArY.
Just An Observer

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Oct 9, 2007
 
Anthony wrote:
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I don't think they are even a group anymore, but I'll let you tell me since you follow them.
No, I'm not really into pop.
And I'm not saying that what I like is the "best" music. All I'm saying is that Bruce is overrated. I've heard him sing, and it was quite the opposite of impressive.
BTW...were you trying to imply I'm gay by saying that I like the Backdoor boys? I think you need to stop projecting your fantasies on me, GArY.
His is NOT overrated, he is gifted!
Brent

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#18
Oct 11, 2007
 
Ca't understand why so many people like manufactured music
Jeffaroo

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Oct 11, 2007
 
Brent wrote:
Ca't understand why so many people like manufactured music
Brent, you are a dope

Long live Bruuuuuuuuuce

Seeing him at the ACC in a couple of days
Brent

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#21
Oct 15, 2007
 
I didn't mean Springsteen's music is manufactured, read my ealier post! I mean so many people prefer crap manufactured music as opposed to real music like Springsteens

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