The Magic City

September 9, 1997 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 9, 1997
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 1997 Matador Records
  • Total Length: 51:34
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  • ASIN: B002DQNP0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,823 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This album isn't just another teenage fairy tale girl thing, it goes way beyond that...
kittensnacks
The bass playing is very guitar-like and there is definitely attention to detail and lack of fear to do instrumentals or extended instrumentation.
Jonathan Reich
I still remain most devoted to The Dirt of Luck, though, so if you like this, eat that, too.
Linka Drawa

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Parrish on March 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I hope I'm not offending any indie die-hards out there, but "The Magic City" really does remind me of early Genesis in places, with grandiose, madrigal melodies and odd textures abounding. "Lullaby Of The Moths" immedeately comes to mind, with its lush Elizabethan swoon, and "The Revolution of Hearts Pts I and II" practically screams Gabriel-era Genesis, with it's brusque, galloping riff pattern and eight-minute sprawl. This record is a God-send to me because it finally reconciles my lingering love of the old Genesis records that got me through high school with the indie rock that sustained me through my post-adolescent drift. Mary Timony, on the smattering of Helium releases (two LPs, two EPs) and on her two solo records, has become one of my musical heroes, and this brilliant record has taken a prime spot in my collection, right beside "Foxtrot" and "Selling England By The Pound". Now if only Sleater-Kinney would do a riff-rock record about pipers and misty mountains....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Helium is one of those bands, much like Throwing Muses during the Eighties, that may never be appreciated by the public until after the fact (ten years after).
"The Magic City" is a lush and cryptic album that should be listened to at night with headphones. The dreamy, pastel imagery of Timony is full of texture and color. It's not just Timony's seductive voice and lyrical power that make this record work, it's the range of influences, from Pavement to King Crimson that seem to drive you along as you listen.
Certainly worth the price of admission.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hanna on December 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is often absent from "Best of the 90's" lists, but it is easily one of the top twenty releases of that decade. Mary Timony transports the listener to her inner fantasy world on this concept album filled with great guitar playing and bizarre medieval instrumentation. The Magic City is surreal, warm, colorful, mysterious, and not without a sense of humor. This is the album that best showcases Mary Timony's talents as both a songwriter and a guitar player. In twenty years, the most creative artists in indie rock will be citing this as a monumental and influential album. Buy this album and listen to it early in the morning as the sun comes up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Reich on December 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I came to Helium and Mary Timony late. I am a Sleater-Kinney fan and followed the breakup by listening to Wild Flag's new music (which I also highly recommend). I had to figure out who Mary Timony was and traced her back to Helium. The only album available for download was Magic City. The entire album captivated me. The lead off song is one of my favorite songs: Vibrations. Its just one of those perfect hard pop songs. The lyrics, as is discussed in other reviews, is very out their fantasy or imagery. The thing you notice with this band, and I understand that the bass player, Brian Dunton, is very involved in the sound and the sound is, I guess, indie-progressive. The bass playing is very guitar-like and there is definitely attention to detail and lack of fear to do instrumentals or extended instrumentation. The music fits with the lyrics and you can lay back and just let it wash over you if you want. You also have Mitch Easter producing this so its going to be interesting. Revolution of Hearts, Pt. 1 & 2 is a long 8 minute song with a long jam with both guitar and bass doing technique playing making a kind of fugue but obviously very well thought out and made interesting. You have some interesting guitar playing by Mary Timony which can be harsh or delicate with some interesting riffs and picking and certainly not simply chord strumming. One song, Walk Away, has a riff or two that really reminds me of some Joni Mitchell playing. Every song is worthwhile and this is one of the albums that you can play from start to finish without hitting a dead spot. The songs will open up to you and you will have new favorites each time you listen (except Vibrations which is a transcendent song). I really recommending taking the time to get to know this album and band. Certainly, they lacked exposure but put out a finished product worthy of consumption. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linka Drawa on November 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mary Timony is a childwoman genius. Always aloof and sparkling, she presents you an album that will make you want to do a few cartwheels and maybe a little mystical cheerleading. Many props to bassist and drummer for orchestrating the brilliance of this album. I still remain most devoted to The Dirt of Luck, though, so if you like this, eat that, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kittensnacks on December 9, 2001
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Mary Timony is just one of those rare poison flowers. She hooks you in with this beautiful "magic" sound, then she throws it in your face. She's so sarcastic/sardonic and it gives her power. This album isn't just another teenage fairy tale girl thing, it goes way beyond that...
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