The new Bruce Springsteen album, Magic, is everything you want it to be. After folky turns on 2005's Devils & Dust and last year's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, the Boss - reunited with the E Street Band for the first time since 2002's The Rising - gets back to the business of making crowd-pleasing rock. And Magic shows that, at 58, he is still a wiz at it. "Livin' in the Future," is a spirited arena rocker.
After the beautiful heartache of 2003's breakup album Bare, Annie Lennox returns with more haunting melancholy - the kind that her voice was made for - on Songs of Mass Destruction. "Dark Road," is the richly atmospheric first single.
As far as dance-pop divas go, Jennifer Lopez may never have her Ray of Light or Control. but she learned enough moves from Madonna and Janet - two other singers with limited voices - to usually make her albums guilty pleasures. Brave, while hardly daring, is consistently entertaining. "Stay Together," is a swirling anti-breakup anthem.