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

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