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With Memphis, their debut LP, MAGICKIDS have crafted a record that lives up to the Memphis tradition of individualistic, joyful music-making.They create swelling and heartfelt baroque pop gems. Recorded at Doug Easley's studio by Shane Stonebeck (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells),Memphis packs a seriously powerful sonic punch.MAGIC KIDS share with last century's masters of pop music - Brian Wilson,Van Dyke Parks, Jeff Lynne - the ability to take a tiny and simple song, a moment of wide-eyed sincerity, and translate it into something that is bursting with life.

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Their infectious upbeat music is instant
sunshine --Pitchfork

Rarely has a band with so little output
attracted so much attention. --LA Times
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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • ASIN: B003TTZT4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 14, 2010
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Two new albums have appeared which present a very interesting choice for Beach Boys fans. Firstly we have Brian Wilson one of the greatest living composers on the planet doing rather unremarkable things to songs by George Gershwin. Then we have the Magic Kids from land locked Tennessee, home to country and all things "Grand ole opry", and yet it is our country chums who sound like they have just had just caught a wave with Jan and Dean and bought a scratched vinyl version of the Beach Boys debut "Surfin Safari" from which they have liberally stolen songs. Indeed while I would jump to almost certain death from a speeding train for Mr Wilson should he ever request such a feat, its the wonderful Magic Kids who should be the beneficiary of your hard earned cash since "Memphis" is utterly disposal but totally irresistible.

"Whats new" I hear you cry, do we really need another bunch of Beach Boys obsessed 20 year olds to add to Best Coast. Wavves, The Freelance Whales, the Dum Dum Girls et al? The honest answer is probably not but when they record songs as melodiously brilliant as the bubblegum surf pop of "Hey Boy" with its huge Shirelles like girl backing you can just about forgive them anything and in addition offer them your daughters hand in marriage. Listen on Spotify and fall in love. Similarly opener "Phone" is pure Beach Boys with Wilson Brothers harmonies and is as infectious as H5N1 avian flu. "Candy" has a sad, regretful melody and adds a trumpet to an excellent building conclusion. "Superball" is plain stupid and throwaway and like all great pop music you will love it to infinity and beyond. Obviously the band had to include a song called "Summer" and clocking at 3.52 minutes it is almost the Magic Kids equivalent of a prog rock opera.
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This is an absolutely fantastic album that has grown on me hard in the course of almost a year now since I discovered it late 2010. On the surface, it is yet another album of young 20-somethings creating a highly influenced set of copies of 60's genres (surf pop, Phil Spector, Beach Boys, bubblegum pop, 60's teen dance pop, etc), but thanks to instantly infectious pop hits like "Candy" and "Superball", I was inclined to listen to the other songs often. I haven't really heard a group in modern times in awhile that invoked strong emotion with the same beautiful mix of instruments, harmonies and melodies that classic bands like the Beach Boys did. Bennett is a great singer and the other guys are great backing vocalists as well. To be honest, I probably prefer these guys over Brian Wilson's backing band. They have an innocence and an honesty that isn't easy to find.

Not all of the songs are incredible 10/10 quality, but as a whole, this is quite an awesome album. One of those that I can listen all the way through without skipping. Even songs that seem weaker become huge growers over time. Most of the second half for me; "Sailin" and "Skateland" took awhile to grow, but I think they're incredible now.. I had the intro of "Skateland" in my head without being able to remember what it was and I thought it was a Beach Boys song at first.

There hasn't been any information about where this band is headed after over a year of this album coming out, but I certainly hope that we'll be hearing from them again soon. The people that tend to criticize this album don't realize the incredible potential for a follow up.
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If you loved the Beach Boys, Cowsills, and other great sun-drenched pop bands of the 60s, you will love The Magic Kids. It's hard to think of a 60s pop influence that doesn't make an appearance somewhere on this endearing CD. The songs and sounds are comfortingly familiar, while still being inventive and original. "Hey Boy" is one of the most infectious pop tunes to come along in a while. Who says pop is dead? The Magic Kids put a bit of magic back in modern music.
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Many indie bands these days look back into the 60's for their melodies and harmonies, yet never becoming too poppy for the serious music fan with a working knowledge of 60's westcoast pop. Even though they're from TN, Magic Kids have to be included into the list of throwback bands with a '10 sound. It's short and crisp and a great debut.
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An incredible production indeed. Sounds like they spent hundreds of hours recording this album. All of the classic 60's sounds are used. Though derivative of Apples In Stereo, Beach Boys and a bit of ELO and Of Montreal, you can't help but think what a great job these guys did with everything. I'll be anxious to hear their sophmore release.
Also check out Jalopy Pop and La La Crutch by Sparkwood
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