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I bought the second album, and admit I didn't like it so much. One or two songs, but apart from that I was disappointed. And that's where me and The Magic Numbers parted company.
So this then - 'Alias'. I heard Shot in the dark and really liked it. It built cleverly with melodic twists and turns. All the way to something that features quite heavily on this album: Romeo really wiggling out on the guitar. Right up my alley (so to speak!)
I've listened several times now. It's great - I love it. I think it will reward repeat listens and those that have rated it low already possibly did so rather flippantly. But music is a funny thing. One man's (or woman's) Beatles is another's One Dimension.
Another thing - the bass is great (to the extent that I put Michelle Stodart into my all stars female supergroup). Sean on drums has created something multilayer and rather special and you can really see Angela's influence strongly coming through now (the female/male vocals throughout push them far out from the herd).
So I endorse wholeheartedly. It's not soft and fluffy anymore. It's edgy and powerful.
Because I've been a more vague acquaintance of The Magic Numbers' music through previous releases I wouldn't profess to be able to accurately compare this with what has gone before. I read somewhere that the band's 4-year hiatus was due to the fact that they didn't want to release something until they had a group of songs they were totally happy with. For me, they should be very happy indeed.
The opening tracks (Wake Up and You K<no>w) are quite expansive and a step away from atypical indie tunes so this may be not to the immediate taste of fans and perhaps makes it difficult for them to warm to Alias... dare I say they are a touch 'proggy' in their scope? Well, I've said it now!
The next two tracks (Out On The Streets and Shot In The Dark) are probably more in keeping with what they did on their first album and that's no criticism. The follower called Roy Orbison is such a bittersweet song and lovely gem.
There are shades of ELO on E.N.D. and although Accidental Song has elements of Arcade Fire I actually prefer the alternative version on the expanded release that comes with 4 bonus tracks.
I would heartily recommend this album to anyone whether you are a fan of The Magic Numbers or not. The expanded version is definitely worth the extra expense and if you don't get it you will be missing out on more magic.
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