The Runaway - The Magic Numbers
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the two sets of brother and sisters produced Romeo Stodart with Valgeir Sigurosson.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
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  1. There is a tendency, due to the slow, quiet nature of these songs and the occasionally syrupy harmonies, for them to blend together. But look beneath the surface, to the fragile emotions that inspired these songs, and The Runaway remains a moving exercise in good old fashioned catharsis, one that exposes the sad hearts of this band more than ever before.
  2. While it may not be enough to garner any new fans, existing devotees will feel that the wait has been worth it.
  3. 60
    The Runaway is FM pop at its most heartfelt. [Jul 2010, p.112]
  4. The Runaway may just be a stumble on the band's road to maturity, but it could also signal something more troubling: the beginning of an endless, effortless loop.
  5. Here, they shuffle through one stylistic experiment after another. The fingerprint on the album's cover art seems a little ironic, since for the first time, the Magic Numbers seem hard to identify.
  6. Not all the songs deserve such painstaking embellishment, and several stumble while mixing 60s pop and 80s melancholy, giving The Runaway the feel of an elaborate souffle that doesn't quite rise to the occasion.
  7. 40
    Ultimately, The Runaway suffers from an excess of emotional drizzle and not enough musical firestorms. [Jul 2010, p.102]

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