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. The distinctive Magic Numbers sound is their in force, with happy, tuneful songs, beautiful harmonies, and an abundance of clever tempo changes.
It's nowhere near as poppy as the first album, with no obvious radio contenders to be a radio favorite, and a darker, denser sound in evidence on some tracks.
None the less, it is an enjoyable listen that does grow with each listen.
But here comes the 'however'.........
I believe they produced the album themselves, and to be honest, it shows. A professional producer or editor would have cut the album off well before the end. Sadly, the final 5 tracks or so are quite unmemorable , and as a result the album tails off, leaving you with a disappointed taste in your mouth, almost to the point where it's easy to forget that the first 8 tracks are really good.
In my opinion this is a decent album, a worthy purchase if you were a fan of the first one, but prepare to feel a tad let down. A few less time-fillers and maybe one or two bona fide hit singles would have brought this close to their debut. As it stands, it feels like more of a stopgap before they return, with what I'm sure will be a great comeback album!