Boomkat Product Review:
Ovations comes as the tenth official album release from Glen Johnson's Piano Magic, and it finds the band considerably raising their game. Ovations feels like the fullest realisation yet of the sound Piano Magic have been persuing over recent albums, marrying classic underground indie sounds from the eighties with an orchestral level of pomp and bombast. After all these years you can finally hear something approaching genuine crossover potential in Piano Magic's music; you'd have to say it's more a case of the times having caught up with Johnson and co. rather than vice-versa. 'The Blue Hour' is like a collision between Joy DIvision and late-eighties 4AD - in fact, Brendan Perry and Peter Ulrich of Dead Can Dance make appearances on the record, providing an extra air of resonance. It's not all about retro alternative rock stylings however, and on pieces like 'March Of The Atheists' you'll hear myriad Eastern instruments sporting harmonies to match, while 'On Edge' maintains the band's engagement with electronics, launching into rapid-fire machine rhythms and searing, epic guitars.