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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0009IQLUG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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The sound of The Magic Numbers is a thing of beauty. Three-part harmonies that melt you within seconds, guitar playing that is as technically outstanding as it is emotionally super-charged, and songs that will leave you utterly floored. There is a simplicity to songs such as the single "Hymn For Her" that is a lesson in great songwriting – a gorgeous rising melody from the mesmerising Romeo Stodart swoons alongside Angela and Michelle's harmonies – the result is music that is as sweet, angelic and heartfelt as they come.

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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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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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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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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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By Break VINE VOICE on 28 July 2005
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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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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