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Magic Hotel [CD]

Toploader Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: s2
  • ASIN: B000068ZR1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Time Of My Life (Album Version) 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cloud 9 (Album Version) 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Never Forgotten (Album Version) 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Leave Me Be (Album Version) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lady Let Me Shine (Album Version) 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stupid Games (Album Version) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Following The Sun (Album Version) 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Only Desire (Album Version) 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Promised Tide (Album Version) 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Midas Touch (Album Version) 5:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Some Kind of Wonderful (New Version) 3:180.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description


Toploader's heir to the thorny Bon Jovi crown seemed as good as guaranteed when they first appeared in 2000 encouraging everybody to go "dancing in the moonlight". Certainly all the pre-requisites were in place: stadium scraping, foot-stomping, semi-anthems; rock & roll piano; and a haircut responsible for more press cuttings than perhaps their music deserved. However, At the Magic Hotel--only their second album--quite spectacularly fails to capitalise on this opportunity for riches, global success and a Vidal Sassoon tour trailer by not once coming up with anything even as remotely hummable as "In These Arms" or anthemic as "Livin' on A Prayer", despite even sounding like Jon Bon Jovi on "Cloud 9".

"Lady Let Me Shine" displays a more mature side to Washborn's songwriting and makes a pleasant change from the usual attempts at pedestrian "feel-good" denim-rock that clogs up the rest of the album, but it cries out for another "Achilles Heel"--the emotional standout track from their first album Onka's Big Moka. To make matters worse, "Leave Me Be" sounds like "Twist and Shout" as performed by the Budley Salterton Village Fete Skiffle Band and the inclusion of "The Midas Touch" must surely be the greatest example of subconscious irony to have ever graced a record. Perhaps the extended break and celebrity weddings have dampened their muse; either way, at the moment, Toploader give soft rock a bad name. --Ben Johncock

Product Description

CD Sony Music Entertainment, 5084712, Jewel Case 11 Track 2002

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Figroll
Format:Audio CD
When this album was released i really didnt know alot about Toploader as i was more used to listening to the stereophonics and jamiroqui, and the only tune i really knew of theirs was (dancing in the moonlight) so i really didnt know what to expect from this album. I work in a music store so i listen to music every single day and decided to listen this album and i was very impressed. I really enjoyed it for so many reasons, firstly because it sounds fresh and the tunes are uplifting and happy (where as most british rock/indie bands seem to be downbeat). The tracks that stand out for me are Only Desire, which i thought was brilliant, Midas Touch which has a great big band feel to it, and never forgotten which really shows some great song writing. A real hidden gem in the charts and one you should go and have a listen too, i really loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slight disappointment... 24 Mar 2004
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The first thing that inevitably springs to mind when thinking of Toploader is, of course, Dancing In The Moonlight, the superb cover which catapulted them into stardom thanks to a TV ad. People often forget the epic Achilles Heel, which reached number eight in the singles chart, and some may have missed out on Toploader’s excellent and accomplished debut Onka’s Big Moka. If you did, I would recommend that above this second offering.
Here, we have a solid enough album but the stand-out tracks necessary for it to become truly accepted as a quality record are not on show. Time Of My Life was the first single, and is probably the most infectious song, but compared to their previous hits, it pales. With time, there is no doubt that the album will grow on you until you really do appreciate it, but as guitarist Dan Hipgrave has said, while they aren’t there yet, the talent is there to make a classic album in the future.
It’s good, but it’s not great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If ever you needed an album to cheer you up... 21 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since Toploader's debut album "Onka's Big Monka", they have been providing an alternative to the rather depressing rock music found so widely on the market. "The Magic Hotel" is no disappointment if you want an upliffting album that will have you singing along in no time at all! With track titles such as "Time of my life", "Some kind of wondeful" and "Cloud 9" you get the impression that this album will be making you smile. "Magic Hotel" has hardly been out of my CD player since I bought it, and it has also inspired me to go and see Toploader on tour this year! In my opinion this album is just as good as "Onka" if not better, and is an absolute must for any Toploader fan! Enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars magic hotel 23 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you like their old album then you'd probably like this one. However, alought there are good songs like " lady let me shine " and "cloud 9 " there' s nothing nearly as good as "achillies heel" and "only for a while ". If you are already a fan then buy it. If you are not then i think a safer route would be to buy there old album, "onka's big mocha" as "the magic hotel" doesnt have a great first impression for newcommers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Example of Anything Worth Listening To! 26 Aug 2002
By "f-a-z"
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album and in my opinion, the first 4 stars i have allocated to this review would be for the incentive it gives me to press the repeat button on the CD Player particularly on tracks such as "Cloud Nine" and "Lady let Me Shine". the album shows great evidence of slow tempo'd verses and powerful choruses that scream "turn it up" Although, i would say that there is a lack of consistency in the style of music that so tempted me to buy the CD after hearing the afor mentioned tracks...but in conclusion, its a credit to the group, and if your not afraid of the variety of soft rock it has to offer, its definitely worth a look!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it, it grows on you 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Magic hotel does not give as good a first impression as Onka's Big Monka. I gave it a chance to grow on me with a few listens (as I had to do with some now much loved Bon Jovi albums) and I find its in the CD player at least as often as "Onka" now. It is a great album, Top Loader fans will love it as I do, if you are new to Top Loader go for Onka's Big Monka first.
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