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Where does Springsteen's Magic Rank?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Boom_70, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    If Born To Run is the gold standard where does Magic rank as compared to the other works of "the boss" ?
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Good question to which I don't have an answer.

    But I do know this thread ranks as a double D_B and a half:



  3. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    A rough order for me...

    • Born To Run
    • The River
    • Darkness on the Edge of Town
    • Born in the USA
    • Tunnel of Love
    • The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
    • Nebraska
    • Magic
    • Human Touch/Lucky Town
    • Greetings From Asbury Park
    • Seeger Sessions
    • Ghost of Tom Joad
    • The Rising
    • Devils and Dust

    So, I'd say it's his best since "Tunnel of Love"... but I really haven't liked anything he's done since then, so the praise isn't all that lofty. "Magic" is pretty good, and I have no doubt it's much better live - I don't care for the production of it at all, but I think there are some terrific songs partially obscured on there.
  4. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Good list though I would rank Greetings from Asbury PK and The Rising higher on mine.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I'd also have to separate Human Touch and Lucky Town.

    I honestly don't know if I can do this, but I will try...
  6. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who grew up the next town over from Asbury Park, was there for all the early stuff, wasn't a friend of Springsteen then but was around him a lot and they knew each other. Anyway, a few days after I bought Magic I asked him what he thought and I fully expected a sane response. "Arrgghh," he says. "He's been worthless since he made his deal with the devil." When did Bruce make his deal with the devil, I ask. "Born in the USA," he sneers. Bruce has been with Satan for the past 23 years? Really? "You heard me," he says. "He even admits it in Tunnel of Love."

    Me, I like the deal-with-Satan album. Not his best, but I think Bruce got his money's worth if he indeed sold his soul for it. Some of his albums I can listen to any time. Others, depends what mood I'm in. Magic might rank one place today, someplace else a week from now. It's OK, nothing more. But then I'm not some Nebraska-listening purist who takes perverse pride in enjoying the stuff that makes normal people want to drink Raid.
  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Perfect description for Nebraska - it makes normal people want to drink Raid.
  8. 2underpar

    2underpar Active Member

    Guess I like to drink Raid:
    Born To Run
    The River
    Darkness on the Edge of Town
    The Rising
    Human Touch/Lucky Town
    Greetings From Asbury Park
    Born in the USA
    Ghost of Tom Joad
    Tunnel of Love
    The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
    Seeger Sessions
    Devils and Dust
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Drop "Atlantic City" from "Nebraska" and it drops at least 3 places on my list. I love that song. The rest of the album does little for me.

    My problem with a lot of his music from recent years is he seems to be trying very, very hard to be Important... and the result is a bunch of songs that sound like funeral dirges. I like acoustic stuff, but Bruce needs to realize it's OK to put a little life in it now and then.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I'm not a enough of a Bruce fan to have an educated opinion on where Magic ranks, but I've liked everything I've heard so far.

    And 2under, I pictured you as more of a D-Con man.
  11. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Here's my attempt at ranking his albums...after the top 5, the order is subject to change.
    This is not a typo.. BTR is No. 2 in book

    - Wild, Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
    - Born to Run
    - Darkness
    - The River
    - Lucky Town
    - Born in the USA
    - Nebraska
    - Magic
    - Tunnel
    - Greetings from Asbury Park
    - The Rising
    - Ghost of Tom Joad
    - Seeger Sessions
    - Devils & Dust
    - Human Touch

    edited to include my glaring omission of forgetting Tunnel
  12. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    You left out Tunnel, E Street.
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