Sound — 10
Bruce Springsteen has learned to adapt well to today's music in his new album Magic, which is a key move to any artist's career. Instead of using the same old formula of music that he's been known for, Springsteen has altered his sound to please the ears of today's listeners. I can definitely hear a more modern-like sound to the songs, especially on Radio Nowhere and Long Walk Home. I don't think it would be a little over the top to say it sounds a lot like an Oasis album, in my opinion. But even with the new sound that Springsteen has done, the same old touch of his is still there, through his lyrics and voice. On the recording of this album, he used the famed E Street Band, which includes TV personality Max Weinberg on drums and Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt. The sound is an all star performance by all star people. I give the sound a perfect 10, because that's exactly what it deserves, perfection.
Lyrics — 9
Not being much of a fan for Springsteen because of his lyrics, I must say I am impressed with the album's content. The songs are not focused on typical Springsteen ideas, but instead are much more mature. For an example, the song Devil's Arcade: Remember the morning we dug up your gun/The worms in the barrel, the hanging sun/Those first nervous evenings of perfume and gin/The lost smell on your breath as I helped you get it in/The rush of your lips, the feel of your name/The beat in your heart, the devil's arcade. The lyrics are more somber and focused on serious issues. However, I don't like how the song Radio Nowhere goes along. As a songwriter myself, I feel Springsteen forced the lyrics in there, as they fit too perfectly into the music. It definitely sounds single worthy, but still, a verse like this sounds a tad bit cheesy: "I was driving through the misty rain/Just a-searching for a mystery train Bopping through the wild blue/Trying to make a connection with you." For the cheesiness in some of the songs, I give the lyrics a 9/10, which is still high considering the tightness of my standards.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I am pleased to say that I absolutely love this album. It's amazing and there hasn't been a day that goes by that I don't listen to the songs on the CD. A few songs that stand out to me would have to be Devil's Arcade, Magic, and I'll Work For Your Love. If it was lost, I would take the time to go and buy a new copy, just so I can play it in my car. Springsteen has definitely adapted to today's music scene with this style, and it just goes to show that anything is possible for artists. As stated before, the only thing I don't like are the cheesiness of some of the lyrics on the album, but hey, this is Bruce Springsteen after all, isn't it? He is The Boss, and with this album, keeps his title. I expect to see this in the Top 10 on the Billboards. Even if you're not a big Springsteen fan, you should still check out a few of the songs. Who knows? You just might find something interesting and new. I know I did.