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Alias

The Magic Numbers Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Magic Numbers release ALIAS the new album on 18th August.

★★★★ - Uncut. ★★★★ - Q

After a successful jaunt to SXSW and the premiering of their new song ‘Roy Orbison’ by Steve Lamacq on 6music last week, The Magic Numbers announce a 12-date autumn tour of the UK.

Armed with a new album that will be released ... Read more in Amazon's The Magic Numbers Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline International License External
  • ASIN: B00K1RFDJK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wake Up
2. You K(no)w
3. Out On The Streets
4. Shot In the Dark
5. Roy Orbison
6. Thought I Wasn't Ready
7. E.N.D.
8. Accidental song
9. Better Than Him
10. Enough
11. Black Rose

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember the first time I heard the Magic Numbers, they seemed to tap into a bygone type of music that was instantly familiar. The first album had many highlights, and I still listen to some of those songs today (some 10? Years later).
I bought the second album, and admit I didn't like it so much. One or two songs, but apart from that I was disappointed. And that's where me and The Magic Numbers parted company.

So this then - 'Alias'. I heard Shot in the dark and really liked it. It built cleverly with melodic twists and turns. All the way to something that features quite heavily on this album: Romeo really wiggling out on the guitar. Right up my alley (so to speak!)

I've listened several times now. It's great - I love it. I think it will reward repeat listens and those that have rated it low already possibly did so rather flippantly. But music is a funny thing. One man's (or woman's) Beatles is another's One Dimension.

Another thing - the bass is great (to the extent that I put Michelle Stodart into my all stars female supergroup). Sean on drums has created something multilayer and rather special and you can really see Angela's influence strongly coming through now (the female/male vocals throughout push them far out from the herd).

So I endorse wholeheartedly. It's not soft and fluffy anymore. It's edgy and powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely, Magic 1 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this CD... in fact I'd go as far as to say it's one of my albums of the year.

Because I've been a more vague acquaintance of The Magic Numbers' music through previous releases I wouldn't profess to be able to accurately compare this with what has gone before. I read somewhere that the band's 4-year hiatus was due to the fact that they didn't want to release something until they had a group of songs they were totally happy with. For me, they should be very happy indeed.

The opening tracks (Wake Up and You K<no>w) are quite expansive and a step away from atypical indie tunes so this may be not to the immediate taste of fans and perhaps makes it difficult for them to warm to Alias... dare I say they are a touch 'proggy' in their scope? Well, I've said it now!

The next two tracks (Out On The Streets and Shot In The Dark) are probably more in keeping with what they did on their first album and that's no criticism. The follower called Roy Orbison is such a bittersweet song and lovely gem.

There are shades of ELO on E.N.D. and although Accidental Song has elements of Arcade Fire I actually prefer the alternative version on the expanded release that comes with 4 bonus tracks.

I would heartily recommend this album to anyone whether you are a fan of The Magic Numbers or not. The expanded version is definitely worth the extra expense and if you don't get it you will be missing out on more magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By G
Format:Audio CD
I love the MAgic Numbers but this album just simply doesn't compare to their previous ones. It's OK, but I expected more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back! 21 Sep 2014
By DB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent a return to form. Great songwriting and musically tight.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I loved the first 2 Magic Numbers albums 24 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
I loved the first 2 Magic Numbers albums, and have seen them many times in concert, but, sorry, this album just doesn't do it for me. Its sadly just rather bland and lacking any great melodies. To be filed at the back of the drawer under "don't bother".
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if you like their first album, and have been slightly underwhelmed by the rest, then don t worry!!! This is as least as good as their debut..........what more do you need to say?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 8 Sep 2014
Format:Audio CD
despite the reviews I found this album to be only 3 songs worth of depth.
Very disappointing writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite 2 Oct 2014
By Julie
Format:Audio CD
The Magic Numbers are one of my favourite bands and this album is another brilliant Magic Numbers album.
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