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Magic, Murder And The Weather [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Magazine Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000LZ6DOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. About The Weather (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. The Honeymoon Killers (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Come Alive (2007 Digital Remaster) 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Great Man's Secrets (2007 Digital Remaster) 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Thinking Flame (The Garden) (2007 Digital Remaster) 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having discovered this summer (2007) on Amazon that all Magazine's back catalogue has been re-issued on CD, I bought this to complete my collection.

This was Magazine's final album, originally released in 1981 just after the band split up. Howard Devoto had been increasingly frustrated at not achieving mainstream success and with the pre-album single release "About The Weather" failing to chart, he quit the group.

Most importantly though, this is no half-hearted effort. It is a strong album and the decision to split was made after recording. The biggest flaw with the record is Martin Hannett's production - sounds great musically but no emphasis on vocals. Howard's vocals sound much better than on previous LP's - but he seams to either whisper, or most of the time he is simply drowned out by the music. No lyrics in the CD booklet doesn't help either, although there are detailed notes about the band in the period working up to and beyond this LP.

It is an album which repays repeated listening. The first time I heard it was on my car CD where I couldn't deciper the words and the first track in particular 'About The Weather', (a Tamla Motown sound-alike) sounds too trebly.

Highlights of this CD are 'About The Weather', 'So Lucky' - which defines the typical Magazine sound - bass heavy, and 'Come Alive' - a more outgoing song with swirly synths that sounds like early Gary Numan.

I'd recommend buying this, but also get the Howard Devoto book of lyrics which I've just ordered from Black Spring Press Ltd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Magazine - with no edge? 5 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Its an odd one. Although it has a general feel of Magazine, and from a cold distant detached PoV it is interesting to hear Magazine Minus McGeoch in the studio, it lacks edge and mood. Feels strangely poppy (others have commented about the excess treble in the mix) without any threat or brooding intensity....actually at times it could have been a Two Tone ska record rather than Magazine. Its easy access (perhaps 'entry level') Magazine, but not definitive - perhaps more for completists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slight change of direction ...and why not ? 26 Mar 2012
By John
Format:Audio CD
I find it a bit annoying to see this album slagged off simply because people prefer Magazine's other records . After three 'post punk ' albums , they turned up again with a more sophisticated sound and the ever-present thorns now hidden by a rose bush .
Magazine were the band with the greatest name ever ; for those who didn't notice , the word Magazine describes not only a journal but also the part of a gun that holds the bullets ; their name brilliantly summmed up their lyrically erudite yet slightly 'dangerous' music .
This fourth album is in no way the monstrosity some make it out to be. As the 'lightest' and most 'optimistic' of their records , it leans slightly less towards the 'sinister' and has slightly more of a 'pop sensibility' . This might be why some Magazine devotees don't like it . Although John McGeoch isn't on it, the rest of the instrumentation and the arrangements are as strong as ever
Standout tracks include 'The Great Man's Secrets' , 'Suburban Rhonda' , 'About the Weather' and 'So Lucky' , but in reality there isn't a bad track on the album . The real shame about Magazine at this time was that they split up soon after this was released .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why do we need edgy, Kid? Paul B. 29 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
I disagree with the thrust of most comments relating to this record. There are times when an edgy Magazine record fits the mood-those caustic lyrics, the creepy sneer, awkward changes in mood etc. A great band.

However, what I love about this record is that there is more or less a singular pace. It is mid-tempo and fits that kind of mood. The keyboard work is excellent and Devoto's voice seems to be used with more variety here. The lyrics are strong as usual 'Pepsi cola brings your ancestors back from the grave.' Indeed.

There is a fun sound to all this and it is true that it has pop credentials. Maybe it is best not to compare this with other Magazine records and just recognise that this one is different.

We can expect a new album soon and, I hope, a tour. Can't wait personally. Check out all Magazine records plus Buzzkunst with Devoto and Peter Shelley. Excellent. Luxuria too-especially Beastbox.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magazines swan song 23 Mar 2014
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I recently bought the CD version to replace my old vinyl copy. Listening to the record again was a bit of a revelation, as most die-hard Magazine fans and music critics alike seems to classify it as one of the weaker contributions from Magazine. Magic, Murder.. is however an enjoyable listening, which still sounds fresh. Even though it might not reach the level of their previous three albums, it is a consistent set of songs, perhaps more consistent than on The Correct Use of Soap, which might be a bit overrated. Magazine have moved out into Suburbia and delivers some gripping portraits of life there.
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