At one point in time (back before Springsteen cozied up to AlGore, John Kerry and company) I was perhaps one of the biggest Springsteen fans you would find. I had just about every commercially available Bruce Springsteen CD that had been minted, and a few rare recordings as well. I didn't just like his music, I loved his music. Just about all of it.
Sadly, Springsteen's political activism came along and I found myself not wanting to hear his music thanks to an association of his singing with politicians I loathed. I sold off my copies of most of the discs I owned, keeping just a few that I really couldn't part with and shelving those deep back in my music cabinet to wait until I might be ready to listen to his music again.
In the interim Springsteen released Devils and Dust, a disc that, for me, got absolutely no play time. Literally that disc sits unopened as I just never felt inclined to listen to the tunes on it. I heard almost none of the tracks on the radio, even on satellite radio with it's deep tracks features that play songs you wouldn't normally hear. Reviews (by memory) of that disc were mixed, and reaction seemed luke warm at best.
A few years have passed since then, and now Springsteen is back with the E Street band with the new disc Magic. The question is, is that disc able to live up to that name, or no?
Well, for the answer check the comments area where I'll be continuing my thoughts.