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Those the Brokes [Special Edition Digipak] [Limited Edition]

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

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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.

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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B000IHY132
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is A Song
2. You Never Had It
3. Take A Chance
4. Carl's Song
5. Boy
6. Undecided
7. Slow Down (The Way It Goes)
8. Most Of The Time
9. Take Me Or Leave Me
10. Let Somebody In
11. Runnin' Out
12. All I See
13. Goodnight

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The second album from The Magic Numbers, Those The Brokes find this hirsute UK foursome – comprised of two brother/sister pairs, Michele and Romeo Stodart with Angela and Sean Gannon - expanding on the florid, harmonic pop vision showcased on their Mercury Music Prize-nominated 2005 debut. Importantly, Those The Brokes doesn't just mimic that album's most obvious tricks – or, indeed, the tricks of their forefathers (The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas). Indeed, these 13 tracks often find The Magic Numbers eschewing straightforward breezy sing-alongs for more complex outings that boast a more nuanced understanding of shade and space, or hide firm, beating hearts underneath their diaphanous pop exteriors. Oh, okay, the opening "This is a Song" prances along at a fleet-footed tempo, all lilting, interlocking voices and tumbling guitars. But "Take a Chance" comes on like a candy-flavoured Sonic Youth, breathy harmonies hiding choppy guitar crunch, while "Undecided" – a mid-album delight that sees Angela take the microphone for a bruised, bluesy paean to breaking up and making up – boasts the sort of vintage soul muscle that few, to date, have given the Magic Numbers credit for. Time to reconsider. --Louis Pattison

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THE MAGIC NUMBERS Those The Brokes (2006 UK limited edition 13-track CD album which features all the hallmarks of a truly classic second album with even more quality song-writing soaring harmonies and flawless musicianship than before only thistime with horns and strings adding an extra dimension to the bands timeless sound including the single Take A Chance presented in fold-out digipak picture sleeve with integral lyric booklet)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If it aint broke... 9 Sep 2007
By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The big question about this, their second album, is whether The Magic Numbers would take the magical, melodic, catchy elements from their first album and grow from those, or take the parts of the debut album where they went too heavy on the melancholy and repeated the refrain for way too long and bored their audience slightly and expanded on those to make a more `mature' sounding follow-up. The answer to that big question is neither. While this is unquestionably a Magic Numbers album, they have created something rather different, retained their integrity and presented a slightly flawed work which, while more subtle than the majority of their debut, is just as satisfying.

The album opener, This Is A Song is not exactly the start the album cried out for and, whilst being pleasant, is a little unspectacular. Closely following it is You Never Had It, a very good medium-tempo melodic rock song about taking your chances in love, featuring heavy tom-toms all throughout. The third track, Take A Chance takes the better aspects of their debut and combines them all in one musically exciting song which features some enjoyable vocals and bass-work. Continuing strongly, Carl's Song is a jaunty, but delicate piece which breaks into a canter for the chorus, highlighting some superb picked electric guitar, beautiful backing vocals and builds up to the finish with the slow, introspective conclusion which has become one of The Magic Numbers` many trademark sounds. So far, so good.

Boy, a enjoyable, mellow, highly-listenable track complete with a chamber-music flavoured string section, glockenspiel and some interesting changes of tempo & time is a nod towards a more mature sound from The Magic Numbers, but it doesn't come at any price - an excellent track.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love you best 27 Jun 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Longing and broken love, played in uptempo indiepop and wistful ballads.

That's what the Magic Numbers played in their self-titled debut, and that's what they play in their sophomore album "Those the Brokes" -- painful, prettily sparkling pop music. It would have benefited from a song or two being trimmed off, but the English quartet sound more polished and assured.

It opens with gentle glockenspiel and a murky guitar melody, before blooming out into a sprightly little pop tune. "I don't wanna tell her/No don't want to tell her/I lie awake in the dark/Lost in the beat of my heart," Romeo Stodart sings mournfully. "And if it hurts me baby you know why/I go it alone/Hurt me baby if you like/It's already gone..."

It's a bit too pop, I have to admit. But they embrace a more sweeping, catchy melody in the layered "You Never Had It," with some squiggle synth and ringing guitar riffs. From there, they try out all sorts of pop music: peppy dancey stuff, mellow bouncy tunes, some fun alt-rock, folk-edged string melodies, and meditative little ballads, ending with the folksy, fond "Goodnight."

If "Those the Brokes" has a flaw, it's that it's about two songs too long. But on a musical level, it's a great combination -- like Camera Obscura, the two brother-sister pairs meld the mournful, wistful, achy lyrics encapsulated in shimmering, smooth pop confections. You're sad, but still the music is a bit uplifting.

Those melodies are spun out of some solid guitars (both solidly acoustic and blurrily cycling), some undulating basslines and drums for the basic beats. But they're also dressed up in some extra instrumentation -- melodica, weeping strings, some really exquisite glockenspiel tinkling, and what sounds like a trumpet in "Undecided.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If it aint broke... 9 Sep 2007
By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The big question about this, their second album, is whether The Magic Numbers would take the magical, melodic, catchy elements from their first album and grow from those, or take the parts of the debut album where they went too heavy on the melancholy and repeated the refrain for way too long and bored their audience slightly and expanded on those to make a more `mature' sounding follow-up. The answer to that big question is neither. While this is unquestionably a Magic Numbers album, they have created something rather different, retained their integrity and presented a slightly flawed work which, while more subtle than the majority of their debut, is just as satisfying.

The album opener, This Is A Song is not exactly the start the album cried out for and, whilst being pleasant, is a little unspectacular. Closely following it is You Never Had It, a very good medium-tempo melodic rock song about taking your chances in love, featuring heavy tom-toms all throughout. The third track, Take A Chance takes the better aspects of their debut and combines them all in one musically exciting song which features some enjoyable vocals and bass-work. Continuing strongly, Carl's Song is a jaunty, but delicate piece which breaks into a canter for the chorus, highlighting some superb picked electric guitar, beautiful backing vocals and builds up to the finish with the slow, introspective conclusion which has become one of The Magic Numbers` many trademark sounds. So far, so good.

Boy, a enjoyable, mellow, highly-listenable track complete with a chamber-music flavoured string section, glockenspiel and some interesting changes of tempo & time is a nod towards a more mature sound from The Magic Numbers, but it doesn't come at any price - an excellent track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars efficient service
Item arrived well within delivery, it is in very good condition as promised and the price was unbelievably good, thank you Zoverstocks. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss W Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad one
Not a bad addition to their repertoire, bought it mainly for one song on the album but was content with the rest of it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by whitecords
1.0 out of 5 stars I haven't finished yet !
2 pretty catchy singles. That's about it. I really have tried very hard to listen to and like this album but each time I play it I have to switch it off after the first 4 tracks. Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by Bemused
4.0 out of 5 stars Why the negative reviews?
I really enjoyed the album "The Magic Numbers" for the well written harmonious, melodic songs, and "Those the Brokes" doesn't disappoint at all. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by Mr. Peter J. Stevenson
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, waste of money, in the bin!
Disappointed in this album, it was a waste of money and is now in a waste-bin somewhere :/
Published on 28 July 2009 by Leigh Mallory
1.0 out of 5 stars Magic Numbers
Loved the original Magic Numbers album - hated this one. The first song is promising and then it completely bombs. Read more
Published on 28 April 2009 by E. Billiet
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
The second album is similar to the first but just not as good. Firstly the recording quality is every bit as good as the debut album - beautiful - and Michelle sings more, which,... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2008 by M. S. Woodley
1.0 out of 5 stars music for a hair salon
I was amazed to see this album selling on Amazon for 46p. That's got to be worth a punt surely ? Sadly,after hearing the album a few times I feel I've been robbed ! Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2008 by Arthur Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent album, but ultimately disappointing.
After the wonderful joyous record that was their first album, they were always going to be up against it with the follow up.
Those The Brokes is on the whole a strong album. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2008 by WaitingForTheTide
4.0 out of 5 stars I love you best
Longing and broken love, played in uptempo indiepop and wistful ballads.

That's what the Magic Numbers played in their self-titled debut, and that's what they play in... Read more
Published on 15 July 2007 by E. A Solinas
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