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  • Summary: The 1980s-alt-rock-influenced, Diego Garcia-led band returns with a second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Epic and memorable. [Jun 2006, p.188]
  2. Garcia and company wear their '80s influences proudly throughout, yet bring enough fresh ideas to the mix to avoid being mere slaves to precious retro-fashion.
  3. 70
    The result is a sound of un-epic mopeyness, more surface than interior and arguably more truthful because of it. [Apr 2006, p.84]
  4. So, no matter what you hear from the PR spinners, this album is not groundbreaking.
  5. 40
    What's the point of a cheesy goth-pop record that isn't any fun? [May 2006, p.105]
  6. The guitar work is straight out of the Velvet Underground/Television songbook, and the production begs for comparisons to the Strokes or Interpol. That's not to say being compared to these folks is bad, it's just that those comparisons don't reveal how unimaginative The Black Magic Show really is.
  7. A dull, droning bit of mainstream rock.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. LorettaJ
    Apr 22, 2006
    Amazing, simply amazing
  2. ms
    Apr 21, 2006
    This is a welcomed darker step up from their debut. An excellent collection of moody alternative music that, although it never breaks any new ground, is totally comfortable standing on the ground it is already on. I applaud the darkness of Diego Garcia's delivery, his elegant yet depressed sounding vocals meld in wonderfully with the atmospheric guitars and backing vocals. Expand
  3. justinN
    Nov 22, 2006
    If you're a fan of Elefant, BUY NOW!!! If you are just getting into them, sample a few tracks, then buy. This album isn't new ground for them, but it puts you into a simular state of mind as "Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid." I'd prefer to hear experimentation w/o loosing their original sound, but there's always next album. Expand
  4. MattD.
    Apr 18, 2006
    This CD is uncomfortably caught in between catchy rock and moodier alternative.
  5. sandys
    Jun 29, 2006
    got into the first album on flight back from tenerife and was elated at performance. Have to say if it was this pretty lacklustre album, I may have got of the flight. Expand
  6. BrianC.
    Apr 19, 2006
    What a horrible letdown. is it even the same group?
    Apr 21, 2006
    Such a dissapointment. 'Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid' put them at the forefront of the Post-Punk revival while this album appears to expose them as mainstream sell outs. The difference between the two albums parallels the difference between Hot Hot Heats' 'Make Up the Breakdown' and 'Elevator'. Expand

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