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The Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers Audio CD
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The Magic Numbers release ALIAS the new album on 18th August.

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 on Caroline/Universal this summer, The Magic Numbers kick off their tour in Glasgow ... Read more in Amazon's The Magic Numbers Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0009IQLUG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mornings Eleven
2. Forever Lost
3. The Mule
4. Long Legs
5. Love Me Like You
6. Which Way To Happy
7. I See You, You See Me
8. Don't Give Up The Fight
9. This Love
10. Wheels On Fire
11. Love's A Game
12. Try (Including Hidden Track 'Hymn For Her')

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In an age of vigorously-marketed rag-trade clothes horses, Trinidad/New York/London collective The Magic Numbers are an anomaly; a word-of-mouth phenomenon whose affable live shows have been compared to happy clappy religious experiences and whose music - an unfashionable blend of soft country pop with Fifties and Sixties inflections - is evidently more important to them than the intercession of style gurus and hairdressers. The "kids" are converted and the band's self-titled debut album The Magic Numbers may prove to be the most surprising success story of the year. Comprising two pairs of siblings, the Stodarts (singer and songwriter Romeo; the girth of a bear, the hair and beard of a friendly fairy-tale giant and the voice of a mouse; sister Michelle on bass, keyboards, vocals) and the Gannons (the equally hirsute Sean on drums; sister Angela on vocals, melodica and percussion) the familial ties shine through in the wholesome, harmonious nature of it all, from the skiffle of "Long Legs" and the upbeat Undertones-flavoured pop of "Love Me Like You" to the melting, dreamy teen frustration dialogues of "Love's a Game" and "I See You, You See Me". The Magic Numbers offers conclusive proof that maths isn't boring. --Kevin Maidment

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THE MAGIC NUMBERS The Magic Numbers (2005 UK 12-track CD album featuring the debut album from the double Brother & Sister pairing including the singles Forever Lost Love Me Like You Loves A Game & I See You You See Me)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come On Feel The Magic Numbers 24 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
We need groups like this! The world is full of wired pop stars so thin they slip down the plug hole in the shower and have to be rescued from the S bend. Then on amble The Magic Numbers, four gentle outsized teddy bears in clothes that even the charity shop couldn't charge money for.
If all you have heard is the single Forever Lost then be warned, it is one of the least imaginative songs here. It is simply four minutes of perfect jangly guitar pop with gorgeous melodies and harmonies. It hardly scratches the surface of what's here.
First track Morning's Eleven shows what the band are capable of. Its not just a great song, its a whole 5 minute Rock Opera complete with all the mood swings and time signature changes you would expect. But it aint Jim Steinman's latest over the top epic for Meatloaf. No, this group understand that less is more and they fuse The Velvet Underground and the Shangri Las to weave their magic. Oh there's plenty more thrown in the pot, from bar room Country and Western to 70's soul. Cook it up and what have we got? What's served up is something from further down the road Evan Dando was driving down when he wanted us to Come And Feel his Lemonheads. Mind you, he was never as good as this mob, who know how to make every note tell and vary each arrangement in eight different ways to bring every possibility out of it.
So, it time to meet Romeo (is that really his name?) Stoddard, honey monster of a lead singer, who is here to tell us how love done him wrong. On third track The Mule he's got it bad and he takes T Rex to Texas to lets us in on every last twist and turn of his agony. Recovering he plays with his girls affections hillbilly style on Long Legs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first half! 16 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Magic Numbers have created here some of the jauntiest and catchiest pop-rock tunes heard this year, and are giving a rebirth to the style last heard in the 1970s from the likes of the Mamas and the Papas. They could quite easily be the Beach Boys' hairier redneck cousins from Memphis. The only problem for me is that they lose steam around track 8, and, after some great upbeat and original tunes (long legs, , they lose their way, with a number of quite aimless and frankly poor ballads. Still the first half does enough to justify the four-star rating. Definitely this year's Thrills, only much better!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could Be A Forgotten Album of the 60's 17 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant, just brilliant. Thats what I thought after first hearing this album and, many months later, I still feel the same way. A breath of fresh air to the stale charts where everything sounds the same. Sure, its just like any 'best of 60s summer' albums but is that a bad thing? Not in my mind. The Magic Numbers may not be original but what they do they do well. Very well.
I love the lively and fun songs here. This is always great to play to cheer myself up. The lyrics are quite good but it is the melodies and harmonies that make this album stand out. The reason why I didnt give it 5 stars is because, sadly, I feel that the album begins to lull after the halfway mark. Whilst the first part is lively and full of fun and frolics, the latter part seems to drop into mediocrity with only occasional highlights.
This is still a must buy, if only to relieve the 60's whilst hearing something new, especially if you were never around in those days. Catchy tunes that will stick in your head and make you hum, whistle and smile all day. Rush out now to buy yourself a copy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, magic numbers 10 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
One of the most original albums that I have heard for a long time. I find myself smiling when I hear it and I couldn't pick a favourite track as all of them are just completely and utterly right- even my husband who is in his "greatest hits" phase ( you know when a guy reaches a certain age!!) loves the album. I say go on, buy it, if you never another other album all year buy this one YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY I promise. A complete and utter joy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars isnt enough 18 Aug 2006
By Georgi
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album every day since I bought it, its abSolutely fantastic. Great voices, clever songs, catchy melodies and a well put together album. What I like is they change tempos within songs, so a slow song they up to a faster pace, and they do it at just the right time. I'll be listening to it tomorrow too probably...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special 28 July 2005
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes new, exciting bands end up being dense, self-consciously experimental and as a result, impossible to listen to. The sound of the Magic Numbers is a back-to-basics, gentle, unobtrusive combination on minimalistic guitar and fabulous vocals, which like the smiling band-members themselves, who have had word-of-mouth success and whose website sports a Make Poverty History band (comment from a friend who saw them live: "I've never seen anyone so happy!") exudes a sense of optimism and summery well-being. "Easy-listening" is often derogatory, but here it works to perfection: the power of music that can make you feel as happy and peaceful as this can is not to be underestimated.
The effect of 2 boys and 2 girls, 2 brother-and-sister pairs, singing in 3-part-harmonies, is a brilliant feeling of closeness and authenticity. The backing accompaniments are the perfect settings for the unique and strong vocals to have their full impact. Tracks like 'Which Way to Happy', 'Love Me Like You' and 'I See You, You See Me' are nothing short of fantastic, catchy tunes, and the rest of the album never disappoints.
The Magic Numbers don't fit easily into a box, but the music they make is fantastic and very well worth a listen. Definitely not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD
I heard some songs by the Magic Numbers while away at my daughter's and really liked them. She had them on her I-pod so I randomly chose this CD when I got home again and am so... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars magic
I love every single track on this album. I've played it over and over since I bought it...would really recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by sarahb
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't see what all the fuss is about
OK so there are 4 or 5 good catchy pop songs on this album. However, there are also 4 or 5 boring songs that seem to go nowhere very slowly. Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by Bemused
2.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Clothes?
I'm going to brief because I have far, far better things to do than spend too much time writing a review about this CD and wondering what everyone's been getting so steamed up... Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by R. Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Numbers do it for me!
I loved this album the very first time I heard it - the voices are great, the melodies beautiful and it has a lovely uplifting feel about it. Read more
Published on 9 May 2008 by R. C. Teal
3.0 out of 5 stars Fat sounds
I bought this album on a whim, having never really heard the band. At first I thought it was a bit dull, but with each listen my opinion improved, to the point where I was sticking... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2006 by Nick 3029
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best albums ever
I first happened across the magic numbers by accident, having seen them on mtv i thought what a refreshing change to see a group made up of real people not plastic manufactured... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2006 by Mr. T. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you bottle genius ?
I'm not going to gush on for pages. Call me a liar if you don't sing along to every track after only 2 or 3 listens. I can now do all the harmonies and handclaps. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2006 by Mr. M. J. Langston
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe doesn't work so well sitting still... but
This is definitely a travelling album, don't why but there you have it. Driving along in the summertime with the windows down, the whole tempo and feel just *works*, particularly... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2006 by Mr. Mark S. PENRICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic indeed
When I first heard this album I was ready to dismiss it as samey and boring however, I gave it another chance a few weeks later and I gradually come to appreciate what an elegantly... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2006 by Strobs
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