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The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
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The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Advantages: Very original, some brilliant tracks, suits the majority of listeners.
Disadvantages: A few weak links, not very well known at all.
The group consists of four individuals who happen to be two separate sets of siblings. The first set is Trinidad born brother Romeo and sister Michele, both responsible for vocals and the former responsible for the majority of the song writing. The second set is London born brother Sean on drums and sister Angela on percussion. For once weíre spared the classic anorexic blonde females and the spikey haired males and instead find ourselves presented with four terribly normal looking individuals, almost eccentric in a sense and heavily country-fied.
Now to give you an idea of the genre of music they are associated with Iíd say itís heavily indie with a small mix of soft pop added in for good measure. Theyíve been compared to modern day bands such as Kaiser Chiefs and The Doves while they prefer to say their inspiration comes from older role models such as Bob Dylan and Mamas & Papas. Their sound is certainly individual and is often reminiscent of the fifties and sixties music.
The album opens with Mornings Eleven which has a sharp base feel to it throughout which gives it an almost on edge feeling. The lyrics are surprisingly upbeat and rather carefree at the same time, ďCall me if youíre on your own, and maybe I can meet you in the morning.Ē The mood of the song is rather odd, thereís no single meaning to this song, whereas the majority of songs focus on love/love hurts/new love, etc. this song is surprisingly empty of much meaning. Whether thatís a good thing or bad thing Iím still undecided but one thing is for sure, this group understand that sometimes less can in fact be more. Forever Lost is up next which is their only single released so far that has appeared in our charts. Once you hear it Iím sure youíll recognise it, itís strangely upbeat for a painful love song, ďDonít let the sun be the one to change you babyĒ is easily my favourite lyric from this song. Itís a fast paced hippy song with a very sixties country feel to it almost, yet the indie genre in present and reminds me of Razorlight or The Killers softer songs. On Amazon it was commented on that the song had ďsuperb melodiesĒ and was a worthwhile buy for any lover of music, a brilliant track in my opinion.
The Mule is the third song up on the album and again makes full use of the world of percussion that we have available to us. Itís quirky and almost has a cheeky feel to it, as if you could imagine the singer standing there with his head cocked and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth! Certainly firmly a love song, and a negative one at that, ďWhy donít you look him in the eye? Ah you wonít see nothing at all.Ē Towards the middle the mood changes and goes rather solemn, a nice depressing song that still maintains a quick beat to it. Long Legs is next up and sounds completely different to the first three at the opening, itís speedy and jumpy, almost like a modern rock song. It soon reverts back to the typical style of The Magic Numbers with some brilliant melodies in the vocals department and again is reminiscent of those happy hippy backing tracks.
Love Me Like You is one of my favourite tracks on the album and firmly resides within the indie/pop field. This is probably the other song youíll recognise as this has also been released from the album, ďShe donít love me like you, she donít know what you do, and itís all hard, she donít care what you say, so just say it say it anyway itís all hard.Ē Again itís got a fast base underneath the lyrics which keeps the song progressing and some brilliant guitar playing also makes an appearance in this track. Itís original and almost a little bit eccentric too with a hippy feel to it again. The chorus is really catchy and I think youíll find it hard not to start singing along!
Which Way To Happy changes the mood of the album somewhat with a slight Italian feel to it and itís also much slower compared to the previous five songs. The vocals sounds completely different on this track as well, slightly surreal almost with very little backing music as the track progresses. ďWhy did I choose to refuse you, itís not that I used you, I left when I should have, believe that I could have held on, but you never let go.Ē Itís not really one of the better tracks on the album as it is very sombre and slightly glum as well. Itís all sung at the same pitch really which makes it feel slightly monotone and almost turns it into a track I want to skip! I See You, You See Me is the seventh track on the album and again is reminiscent in slowness to the previous track. The whole mood and tone of the song is very much similar to something by Coldplay or David Gray yet even more bare in a sense. ďItís alright I never thought Iíd fall in love again, Itís alright I look to you as my only friend.Ē Itís sung in the style of a duet between Romeo and Michele about their past relationship, slightly bizarre as they are siblings(!). I really love this song, it somehow manages to get inside your whole body, the chorus is really catchy once again and itís a definite hit to the future.
Donít Give Up The Fight reverts back to the faster sounding tracks at the start of the album and is also much more up tempo than the previous tracks. I really like the lyrics in this track ďShe turned and she said to me baby baby please, donít give up this fight, I saw you dance tonight, baby please, donít give up this fight.Ē It reminded me when I first heard it of something by Mamas & Papas and is another future hit for the group. This Love has a similar opening to the quieter tracks on the album, especially Which Way To Happy and reminded me of Damien Rice at some points during the song. Thereís also backing music here in the form of a violin which make the song feel very melodic and classy in a sense too. Itís a very still and calming song, ideal for when youíre wanting to go to sleep! Wheels On Fire is probably my least liked song on the album. Itís very quiet, you have to adjust the volume to actually hear the lyrics and itís also rather grave and sober once again but in a way thatís not at all captivating in my opinion.
Love Is A Game is another quirky and enchanting song which somehow finds a balance between the faster tracks and the slower ones on this album. ďAnd maybe Iím a fool for walking in life, and maybe I should try to leave this time.Ē Once again thereís some great harmonies that appear throughout this track, the singers voices really do complement each other with Romeoís being quite gravely almost and Micheleís being almost angelic like with a very sweet feel to it. The last track on the album is Try and is a massive seven minutes long which I think any band would find hard to pull off without just merely repeating themselves over and over again. Itís rather dull to be honest as are the majority of final songs on albums and not one that will really stick in your mind from this album.
So to sum it up Iíd say on the whole itís a fantastic album and one well worth buying. It consists of a mixture of country, hippy if there is such a type of music indie and pop. Itís highly original, very enchanting at times too and Iíd say itís worth a listen regardless of your music tastes. There are a few poorer tracks on the album but itís hard to find one these days that is completely perfect, but in my opinion the good tracks certainly make up for this. Itís nice to finally find a band that doesnít sound like about 10 others on the scene at the moment Ė purely unique!
You can buy this album for £8.99 on Amazon or Play and for £13.99 in HMV.
Summary: The debut album by new group The Magic Numbers.