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.