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2010 release, the third album from Britain's favorite hairy singing siblings. Made up of two brother-sister pairings, The Magic Numbers take a distinctly different approach to the concept of Brit Pop. While certainly melodious, they have considerably more flower power than their punky brethren of the early 2000's. Incorporating Folk, Fillmore West Psychedelia, and gorgeous harmonies that have earned them just comparisons to the Mamas & the Papas, The Magic Numbers garnered substantial critical praise upon the release of their 2005 self-titled debut. 12 tracks. Heavenly.
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This album is perfect for any soft rock fan, if you're unsure, listen to any of their songs online and you'll instantly be mesmorized by their sound.
The songs have a sweeping epic feel, thanks to string arrangement by the late Robert Kirby. Much of the album has a dull feel lacking in hooks, and forgotten once you move to the next song.
There are still good moments; "The pulse" is a swelling Beatles-esque ballad. "Why did you call?" is upbeat and groovy as is the similar "Throwing my heart away". The shimmery psychedelic "Once I had" has shades of Coldplay, while the tender acoustic "Restless river" recalls Fleet Foxes.
"The song that no one knows" is a lush seventies-sounding ballad, and closing is the enchanting ballad "I'm sorry" with full orchestration sweeping in towards the end. Hidden at the end is a haunting Classical piece.
It's not a dreadful album by any stretch, but one can't help but feel that most of the songs are laden with so much potential that never quite takes off. 3 and a half stars.