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Boomkat Product Review:
First up; don't let the fact that double brother and sister pairing, The Magic Numbers, have acted as support act for Travis and Athlete over the last few months put you off. They're better than that... With the Stodart and Gannon siblings proving that dull bickering doesn't have to characterise a band whose members share a mother, The Magic Numbers are a delightful set of contradictions that will see them happily gracing the Radio 1 play list whilst finding a fond place in the more left-leaning record collections. Taking an alternative 1960's where US country music fully mutated into pop (without the disruption of those pesky Beatles) as their starting point, The Magic Numbers are undoubtedly peers of The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev; but rinsed clean of the fake blood and cloying vocals respectively. Instead they ram the vocals up to 20/20 in the mix and set about underwiring it with perfectly judged, country-fried pop that is packed to bursting with catchy hooks, sunny choruses and bittersweet lyrics. Opening track 'Mornings Eleven' is a case in point, taking a wide-eyed Kings Of Leon structure as the bedrock then allowing it to spiral (via a Tears For Fears melody no less) towards a pretty-as-you like 1950's pop breakdown that swings by Brian Wilson's gaff before building up again. Similarly, first single 'Forever Lost' is chock-a-block with Summer vibes that bring to mind the Polyphonic Spree (albeit minus all the Waco bollocks), whilst the angular guitars (with a dash of The Coral) of 'Love Me Like You' and 'The Mule', prove it's not all vitamin C through a lucid fog of Mars Volta-esque prog. It's magic...say yes Paul!