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4. 'Magic' (2007)
After some long diversions, including “The Seeger Sessions” and the solo “Devils & Dust,” Springsteen returned to a full band effort (his first since 2002’s “The Rising”) and his strongest album since “Tunnel of Love.” Largely informed by his anger at the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, Springsteen walks an incredibly delicate line of never veering into the overly political. Instead, he lets the screaming guitar in “Gypsy Biker” give voice to his anger or the kaleidoscope sleight-of-hand in “Magic” represent government chicanery. Somehow mixed in to all the deceit and evil-doing, Springsteen creates his purest pop song ever with the Spector-ish, gorgeous, yearning “Girls In Their Summer Clothes.”