Magic Chairs - Efterklang
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  • Summary: The third album for the Danish band was produced by Gareth Jones and recorded with a live band.
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  1. That the record plays out so consistently and yet flows with such apparent ease is testament to the skills honed by the band since its inception back in Copenhagen in 2000.
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    The economy and velvet touch of Efterklang's music-making have survived, except the finesse is now allied to a newly arresting, wistful songwriting style that carries with it echoes of the early Coldplay.
  3. Magic Chairs is an album that understands the importance of harmonies, and the importance of the score.
  4. Efterklang’s first release on the legendary 4AD label is packed full of immediate melodies and soul.
  5. While Magic Chairs is decidely more hit than miss, one can't help but wonder, "where have I heard this before?" Oh yeah...in every other ultra-pleasant orchestral popper out there. [Winter 2010, p.82]
  6. While there's plenty to admire, Magic Chairs feels like th work of a band who can't quite allow themselves to make the anthemic indie-rock of which they're clearly capable. [Mar 2010, p.101]
  7. The album struggles at times to raise its head from the multi-instrumental pack; textured as it is, there’s a muted quality to this collection that inevitably leaves ears slightly cold. It’s pretty, but not always gripping.

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