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It's crunch time, as the much anticipated return of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band leads the pack this week.

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It's crunch time.

Between now and Christmas, you can expect to see a ton of new releases by the biggest stars in music hitting the record store each and every Tuesday. Still, it's hard to imagine a week bigger — and more loaded with great new titles — than this one.

Whatever your particular taste in music, this week has got it all. You've got your returning legends, your critical favorites, and of course a fair number of those greatest hits and multi-disc compilations that always seem to pop out of the woodwork around this time of year.

Leading the charge is what may just be the most eagerly anticipated album of the year in Magic, Bruce Springsteen's return to the front lines of active rock and roll duty with the E Street Band. Not that it needed any help, but the set-up for this album has been nothing short of brilliant. First you had the "leak" of the lead-off single "Radio Nowhere," about a month ago on the internet. The fact that the song happens to be easily about the most rocking — and radio friendly — that Springsteen has done in something like a couple of decades hasn't hurt either.

Then about this time last week, all of the other tracks from Magic start finding their way online — and it turns out that most of these are pretty damn rocking as well. Then the album gets released commercially a week early on vinyl — allowing certain writers (including one particular Blogcritic) to write early, glowing reviews. Finally, Bruce and the E Street Band perform a triumphant concert before thousands of fans in New York City seen grinning ear to ear on nationwide TV on the Today Show.

As set-ups go, it just doesn't get much more masterful.

The thing is, the album delivers the goods. You'll be reading much more about Magic here on Blogcritics in the days ahead as the reviews start to roll in. For now, I'll just say that what you've already heard is pretty much all true. Magic rocks like nothing Springsteen has done in twenty years.

In another welcome return to form, John Fogerty is also back this week with the new Revival. If the title seems an odd choice, rest assured that it would appear to be absolutely intentional. With this album — and his return to Fantasy Records — John Fogerty seems to have all but declared his peace with the past on both that label, and with the music of his former band Creedence Clearwater Revival. As if to bring that point further home, Fogerty even has a track here called "Creedence Song," that contains the key line "you can't go wrong when your playing that…" — you guessed it.

There are also a number of greatest hits and career overview packages hitting stores this week. These include hits sets from the likes of Faith Hill, Chicago, and The Very Best Of Mick Jagger, covering his solo releases minus the Rolling Stones (which can only mean that it is anything but).

Probably the most ambitious of the career retrospectives is the Bob Dylan three-disc career overview Dylan. The compilation also comes in a single disc version and a deluxe boxed set, and covers everything from Dylan's early sixties years with the folkies, right up through last year's Modern Times. For the fan who already has everything, it represents a way of having many of those highlights together on one compilation, while for new fans it serves as a great introduction.

So as I've already noted, it's a busy week. A few of the other new release highlights you'll find in stores this week, include the new ones from eighties new wave stars Annie Lennox (sans Eurythmics) and Siouxsie Sioux (sans Banshees). Taking a break from his "Doors 2000" act, Ian Astbury also returns for another round with the Cult. PJ Harvey has what is being described as something like an album of dark soundscapes played on voice and piano in her new White Chalk album.

Dashboard Confessional return to a more acoustic-based sound on The Shade of Poison Trees, while Matchbox Twenty are back with Exile on Mainstream. Country fans can look for the aforementioned Faith Hill Hits collection, as well as new ones from Brooks & Dunn (Cowboy Town) and Merle Haggard (The Bluegrass Sessions). Hip hop fans are greeted this week with new albums from Peanut Butter Wolf, Boyz N da Hood, and Hurricane.

Here are all of this week's new CD releases courtesy of All Music Guide.

Dashboard Confessional
The Shade of Poison Trees
Emo, Indie Rock

Bob Dylan
Dylan (3CD Edition)
Album Rock, Folk-Rock, Political Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop/Rock

John Fogerty
American Trad Rock, Americana, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

PJ Harvey
White Chalk
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bruce Springsteen
Heartland Rock, Album Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll

5 Browns
Browns in Blue
RCA Red Seal
Piano Ensemble Music

Ryan Bingham
Lost Highway
Americana, Country-Folk

Boyz N da Hood
Back Up N da Chevy
Bad Boy
Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

Brooks & Dunn
Cowboy Town
Contemporary Country, New Traditionalist, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Peabo Bryson
Missing You
Adult Contemporary, Urban, Smooth Jazz

B-Sides and Rarities
Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

J.J. Cale
Rewind: The Unreleased Recordings
Time Life
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock, Blues-Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Sarah Chang
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
EMI Classics
Baroque Violin Concertos

The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Jazz-Rock

Babylon Rules
Noise-Rock, Goth Rock, Punk

The Cult
Born into This
Hard Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Karl Denson
Lunar Orbit
Bobby Ace
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Urban, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

It's Whateva
Reprise / Wea
West Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Felix da Housecat
Virgo Blaktro & the Movie Disco
Rude Photo/Nettwerk
Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Left-Field House, Electronica

Frightened Rabbit
Sing the Greys
Fat Cat
Indie Rock

Eliza Gilkyson
Live from Austin, TX
New West
Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Merle Haggard
The Bluegrass Sessions
Bluegrass, Traditional Country

Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain
Global Drum Project
Shout! Factory
Worldbeat, Ethnic Fusion

Richard Hawley
Lady's Bridge
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Roots Rock, Pop, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll

Faith Hill
Warner Bros.
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Adult Contemporary

J. Holiday
Back of My Lac'
Music Line/Capitol

You Hear Me?
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

Mick Jagger
The Very Best of Mick Jagger
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Dance-Rock

Giving Machines
Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

Annie Lennox
Songs of Mass Destruction
Arista/Sony BMG
Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Sondre Lerche
Dan in Real Life
Indie Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Film Music, Soundtracks

Darlene Love
It's Christmas, Of Course
Shout! Factory
Christmas, Holiday, Pop/Rock, R&B, Soul

Matchbox Twenty
Exile on Mainstream
American Trad Rock, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Mobius Band
Indie Rock, Ambient Pop, Dream Pop

The Most Serene Republic
Indie Rock, Post-Rock/Experimental

New York Polyphony
I Sing the Birth
Music for Vocal Ensemble

The 1900s
Cold & Kind
Indie Pop, Chamber Pop

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5
Post-Romantic Piano Concertos

Washington Symphonic Brass
Burana in Brass
Warner Classics
Music for Brass Ensemble

Original Soundtrack
The Heartbreak Kid
Plan R
Soundtracks, Pop/Rock, Pop

Original Soundtrack
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?
Atlantic / Wea
Soundtracks, Contemporary R&B, Urban

Over the Rhine
Snow Angels
Great Speckled
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Vocal Jazz, Pop

Peanut Butter Wolf
Underground Rap, Hip-Hop

The Pipettes
We Are the Pipettes (US Bonus Tracks)
Indie Pop

Chuck Prophet
Soap and Water
Yep Roc
Country-Rock, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock

John Ralston
Sorry Vampire
Indie Pop, Indie Rock

The Sadies
New Seasons
Yep Rock
Alternative Country-Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Doug Sahm
Live from Austin, TX
New West
Tex-Mex, Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Blues-Rock, Americana, Progressive Country

British Punk, Post-Punk, Goth Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Soulja Boy Tellem
Pop-Rap, Hardcore Rap

Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs (Expanded Edition)
Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Ike & Tina Turner
The Ike & Tina Turner Story 1960-1975
Time/Life WEA
R&B, Soul, Pop-Soul, Rock & Roll

Frankie Valli
Romancing the '60s
Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock

Various Artists
Heavy Metal (Box Set)
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

We Are Wolves
Total Magique
Dare to Care
Indie Rock, Electro-Industrial

White Rainbow
Prism of Eternal Now
Ambient, Neo-Psychedelia, Experimental Rock

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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