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  • Summary: The sophomore album for ex-Comets on Fire frontman is the first jointly released on Birdman and Rick Rubin's American label.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. This album is a feast for the uninitiated.
  2. It's easy to hear why Rubin swooped in to release this.
  3. 80
    Magnificent Fiend follows up the band’s self-titled 2006 debut in powerful style, fashioning a blend of hard blues, herb-smoke-encrusted rock, country-tinged folk and swinging, blue-eyed soul.
  4. Everyone who likes Howlin Rain’s sound will come away from Magnificent Fiend wanting more. At just eight tracks, it’s a rare full length that doesn’t seem full enough.
  5. This is good, old-time rock and roll, beer in hand and completely earnest. [Winter 2008, p.82]
  6. It's not until Magnificent Fiend's closing trio of seven-minute behemoths that Howlin Rain find traction, though it's the band's willingness to tweak its grand appropriations, rather than the tracks' epic lengths, that helps the songs stick.
  7. Magnificent Fiend recycles a lot of hairy late-'60s/early '70s rock moves. [June 2008, p.149]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SaviS.
    Mar 19, 2008
    10
    Please, please listen the guitar solo at the end of Lord Have Mercy, it's beautiful!
  2. DavidB.
    Apr 6, 2008
    7
    A good-sounding album, but it's nothing new or original.