Magic Hour - Luscious Jackson
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  • Summary: The alternative rock trio returns with its Pledgemusic fan-funded release produced by Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.
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  1. Nov 6, 2013
    80
    The result is terrific, a record that builds upon the group's legacy and is easily the equal of anything the band did in the '90s.
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    80
    And things simmer along just fine like that right ’til the end with 3 Seconds To Cross, a breezy, snare rim-tapping rumination on sunny California.
  3. Dec 16, 2013
    80
    Once more riotous than riot grrrl, Luscious Jackson return as a welcome blast of old school New York grit, happily still brandishing their smouldering, idiosyncratic magic.
  4. Nov 6, 2013
    68
    The overall affect is to transport us back to that pre-9/11 decade when “alternative music” really was an apt descriptor. Thankfully, it’s OK to give in to a bit of nostalgia on occasion.
  5. Nov 14, 2013
    60
    Almost all of the songs feel like they’re taking place within the confines of a dance floor--either meeting someone new or partying with old favorites.... However, some of the best moments in Luscious Jackson’s catalog came when the band slowed things down and found a groove.
  6. Nov 8, 2013
    56
    It's just a return to very familiar territory without the urgency and mystery of Luscious Jackson's 90s-era music--the Lollapalooza Nation equivalent of, say, a new Winger or Y&T album. For the most part, it even sounds like it was fun to make; if only it were as much fun to hear.
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    42
    Nostalgia-driven fan-funding is a useful way to see which short-lived phenoms have anything left in the tank, but Magic Hour suggests Luscious Jackson is a little too far removed from what drove the group to make music in the first place.

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