on 21 February 2004
This album is fabulous... it really gives you faith in modern songwriting. It is incredibly diverse and very experimental yet at the same time it's totally accessible; the guitar work is amazing and Mary Timony's lyrics and vocals are superb. The album doesn't sag anywhere and to the last track remains vibrant and original, largely because of the wealth of different instrumentation, and the concept pieces. Brill.
on 20 June 2012
Dense, surreal, dreamy, thoughtful... and excellent, of course. The Magic City's only real flaw (in my opinion) is that Revolution of Hearts is too long, specifically that after four brilliant minutes it starts to drift. In general though, the songs are consistently good throughout, and for me the album's many highlights include Ocean of Wine, Cosmic Rays and Aging Astronauts - the latter in particular is not very far off being perfect. The Magic City may not be to everyone's taste, but if you like your music at all unorthodox, this album should give you many hours of enjoyment.