The Return To Form Black Majick Party Image

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  • Summary: A member of Ladytron's touring band as well as the trio Super Numeri, English multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Pop Levi (yes, Pop is indeed his middle name) makes his full-length solo debut with this eclectic disc.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. You will be hearing more about Pop Levi. For now I’d recommend you simply hear more of Pop Levi—this shit is fantastic.
  2. Nobody is putting out music like Pop Levi's right now.
  3. Certainly Levi's mannered vocal style, with its brittle helium edge, requires a bit of commitment from the listener. Immerse yourself in Black Magick Party's world, though, and you will become hopelessly attached.
  4. The album’s dark title belies its artful balancing of psych pop’s sweetness with head-down, rock riffing and the emotional power of the blues.
  5. There's barely a dull moment on this album.
  6. He should recognise that his overlong songs could use a trim, but there is depth beyond the Willy Wonka weirdness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. miken
    Mar 31, 2007
    try getting hades lady out of your head. no offense to iraq's shiites, but cordless drills don't do the job. now where's that confouded spare batterie? Expand
  2. FelipeP
    Feb 27, 2007
  3. Dr.Stringz
    Feb 27, 2007
    A very fun record.
  4. Giterdone
    Feb 22, 2007
    very unexpected and very good. breezy, melodic, gritty, and throwback to the golden era of rock.....recommended
  5. ConorB
    May 1, 2007
    A bubbly album that has the essence of the Scissor Sisters yet more consistent in the same style as opposed to change.
  6. MichaelB
    Feb 28, 2007
    Is has all the vibrancy of Marc Bolan, but then so does Marc Bolan. It has the freshness of Beck, but then so does Beck. Etc etc.
  7. TristramC
    Apr 10, 2007
    I've felt guilty at every stage of my relationship with this record. I felt guilty when I read the first review in Under The Radar. Not sure why. The disc sounded like fun but 'how much more ultra-cool retro homages to years past can we consume' is a question I ask when at the same time Ryan Adam sells way more copies of three different albums in a years time. I passed on the album several times. The cover was so shamelessly obvious as the Marc Bolan mock-up. T-Rex rules and its true Electric Warrior and The Slider have still not gotten old. This however serves to explain why this album was NOT necessary instead of the other way around. So then I 'pop' (get it) the disc in and its fricken great. Of course, its fricken great because if it sucked all I'd have to feel guilty about is that I dropped my fifteen buck but this way I get to be reminded that I'm a predictable unit shifter all year long. As a side, it is actually really impossible to pry "Pick Me Up...Uppercut" from your temporal lobe. So in short, I hate it and like it and dig sometimes when I'm alone and can rock out in the privacy of my own home but I'll drop dead before i ever tell the wor--- oh crap. Expand

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