Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 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. Uncut
    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. The band's weakness is an unfortunate tendency to drift occasionally into MOR territory, and sometimes generic boy-meets-girl lyrics fail to keep the arrangements above water.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Mojo
    Ultimately, The Runaway suffers from an excess of emotional drizzle and not enough musical firestorms. [Jul 2010, p.102]
  9. Q Magazine
    The Magic Numbers' central problem remains: too few hooks back up the pretty tunes, and The Runaway becomes an album you want to love, but struggle to recall even as it glides on by. [Jul 2010, p.135]

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