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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British indie rock band was produced by Jolyon Thomas (James Dring and Hugo White also produced one track each).
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  1. Mar 15, 2018
    100
    A rare album without a single Achilles heel, The Magic Gang have created a debut that’ll be remembered as a milestone moment in years to come.
  2. 85
    A record that feels so familiar but with just enough surprises to make it exciting too. The three year wait, then, seems entirely worth it; that scrappy Brighton foursome have grown into a bonafide anthem factory with plenty more still to come.
  3. Mar 15, 2018
    80
    The Magic Gang’s debut is all you could wish for. ... Though it’s been a long time coming, The Magic Gang is still an ambitious release, that offers hopefulness and heartbreak in a 60s tinged wrapping.
  4. 80
    A dazzling debut ready to win the world’s hearts.
  5. Mar 16, 2018
    70
    The first half of the album is characterised by high energy, fast-paced songs, best shown by raucous singalong ‘All This Way’ and ‘Getting Along’. At points these are in danger of blurring into each other but I think this may just be because of the specific order they’re listed in. ... The second half of the record is quieter, with a more musing outlook.
  6. Mojo
    Mar 15, 2018
    60
    Good-natured guitar pop from Brighton-via-California by a young all-male quartet with a flair or radio-ready melodies. [Apr 2018, p.96]
  7. 40
    It’s all a bit stiff: the methodical chording of “All This Way” lacks swing or swagger, as if too tightly corsetted, and “Take Care” displays similar restrictions applied to their keyboard-led material: the plonking piano and falsetto refrain suggest someone’s trying for Brian Wilson magic, but falling well short.

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