Ben Rector’s album, “Magic,” takes listeners on a close and intimate journey through the phases of life from the dreams of youth to the struggles of adulthood, reflecting on lessons learned along the way. The release focuses on the magic human beings possess and how relationships can shape the course of our lives.
“Magic,” Rector’s seventh studio album, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart in 2018 and rose to No. 2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. Rector was slated to headline “The Old Friends Acoustic Tour” before it was postponed due to coronavirus and presented as a livestream. Photo by Kris Hanson
Bruce Springsteen released his 19th studio record in June 2019 at age 70. The album, “Western Stars,” gives listeners insight on the state of reflection and self-evaluation “The Boss” has come to as he’s gotten older. Although this record doesn’t break new musical ground, it’s an unfamiliar sound for Springsteen fans and ultimately enjoyable. As Springsteen prepares to release his next album, “Letter to You,” next month, this music review will get you tuned up for the next phase of his 50-year career.
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Mostly known for his slow ballads, he picks up the pace in this release, and then slows it all down at the end.
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