Bruce Springsteen, Magic
Official release date: October 2
We think: Sounds pretty great to us. Magic is Springsteen's first album with the E Street Band since 2002, and though it doesn't have The Rising's September 11–y thematic kick, the songs are just as solid. Bruce appears to have gotten the politics out of his system on 2005's Devils and Dust and last year's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, as "Last to Die" is this album's only overt Bush dig. Even conservatives can probably enjoy "I'll Work for Your Love" and the excellent "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" rewrite "Livin' in the Future."