Those The Brokes - The Magic Numbers
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  • Summary: The poppy British quartet are joined by a nine-piece orchestra on their sophomore effort.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 90
    Magic Numbers have pushed their abilities while keeping their strong points on performance and substance. [Mar 2007, p.100]
  2. It might be easy to criticise 'Those The Brokes' as a stab at busting through into the MOR mainstream, but it's fairer to see it as The Magic Numbers developing their expression while staying faithful to their core sound, and quiet charm.
  3. Lopping off about twenty minutes would have improved things no end, but mostly it needs focus - focus that would probably have come with time.
  4. It's still heavy on the harmonies and hummable choruses, of course, and does meander into happy-clappy, round-the-campfire territory too often for those of us with a low saccharine threshold.
  5. 60
    This would be a strong set if they culled three tracks, shortened a few others and rearranged the sequencing. As it is, this record suffers from a distinct mid-album crisis. [Dec 2006, p.103]
  6. Those the Brokes is a looser, livelier album than its predecessor, significantly less cloying and precious than the debut.
  7. Redundant, needlessly long, Those The Brokes rarely matches the 60s California-dreamin' good-vibes pop of its successful self-titled predecessor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Danfromthebush
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    Superb.....technically better than the first...but who cares anyway.....I've just recently discovered this band and I sing their praises....flogging their album(s). Expand
  2. MFinger
    Nov 18, 2006
    3
    No so long ago the Magic Numbers were the hottest live act in London with shows selling out even a year before they signed to Heavenly. Why? I'll never know! This is just tired old Heart FM fodder but what amazes me is how the band's supposed strengths is said to lie in their songwriting and harmonies. Sorry but they ain't no Mamas and Papas. Romeo has one of the weakest leads I've heard and the female backing is just unconvincing and vapid not to mention flat! Music doesn't have to be offensive and edgy to be appealing but if you're going to record an album so devoid of sonic invention in an attempt to highlight the greatness of the songwriting at least spend some time on the song and make and effort to put in a good performance. Too many people are doing this kind of thing so much better. Needless to say I won't be joining the cult. Expand
  3. JimM
    Jun 13, 2007
    1
    Trite and sadly lame. What was Romeo thinking when he thought the lyrics, "This is a song/and these are the words"X10 would help them sell records?

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