The Magic Numbers

The Magic Numbers are from England and they are clearly a band with a “The” in their name, but the music is rooted in the sixties rather than in the eighties.

The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers

The band is made up of two pairs of sister and brother, which strikes me as unusual and which makes for some very nice vocal harmonies. If you’re looking for some recent bands to compare, I would say that the music is somewhere between HAL and I Am Kloot. Sweet pop music with “real” instruments (guitar, bass, drums, melodica and very sparse keyboards) and a strong 60s flavor.

The up-tempo tracks (Love me like you, Forever Lost, Long Legs) are great pop songs and Don’t give up the Fight has a real soul touch to it. Unfortunately the slower songs are not all at quite the same level. Overall it’s a very enjoyable album which, in his good moments, can make you whistle or sing along when your alone in your car, which is quite something to say.

A special mention goes to the recording and production of the album, the instruments and vocals have a really nice warm and natural sound and there are some nice details in the recording, that show that some time and thought must have been spent on the matter.