AOTY 2019

The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang - The Magic Gang
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #231 / 736
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2018 Ratings: #472
March 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner UK, Yala! / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY
A rare album without a single Achilles heel, The Magic Gang have created a debut that’ll be remembered as a milestone moment in years to come.
85
The Line of Best Fit
The three year wait ... seems entirely worth it; that scrappy Brighton foursome have grown into a bonafide anthem factory with plenty more still to come.
84
GIGsoup
Their nonchalant beach-pop inspired style is like a vacuum, pulling you in to a feeling that makes you want to smile so much, you look goofy. But who cares? The Magic Gang are on.
80
Clash
Though it’s been a long time coming, The Magic Gang is still an ambitious release, that offers hopefulness and heartbreak in a 60s tinged wrapping.
80
The Guardian
Their songs breeze along idly, their amiable guitar-playing tethered by enough craftsmanship to stop things slipping into tedious slackerdom, and enlivened by the band’s keen ear for texture: fuzz is judiciously deployed, and solos unfold with the effortless grace of a skateboarder grinding along a rail.
80
NME
Without stripping too much away from them, their songs could be from any era and still resonate whether you were listening in the ’60s, ’90s, or now. Their self-titled debut album is only proof of that – a timeless collection that packs in a ludicrous number of pop hooks.
70
Drowned in Sound
This album is extremely enjoyable, filled with a wealth of emotions and exquisitely executed. The exciting uniqueness of the Magic Gang makes for fantastic listening and I’m really looking forward to seeing what else they have up their sleeves.
40
The Independent
Brighton-based combo The Magic Gang have been so widely and enthusiastically tipped as the Next Big Thing that it’s hard not to feel let down by their underwhelming debut album.
Space Vacation
70
Digging on this a fair bit.
Catchy and sing-alongable.
Unquestionably a lot of their music follows the same formula but they're still tight/smooth and completely inoffensive and likable.
Not the best record of the year but a pretty solid debut for these dudes.
DexterMoody
75
Solid debut indeed.
Getting Along sounds amazing in Acoustic.
Must be a fun band to watch live. Catchy, enjoyable, well-writen songs.
Looking forward to what they'll do next. Maybe something a bit riskier.
luisdelrey2016
63
The Magic Gang's is a spectacular debut, because at least they seem happy doing what they want despite the overall production is watered-down along a run-out-the-mill content.
FAVS: All This Way, Getting Along, Slippin', How Can I Compete, Bruises
LEAST FAV: All That I Want Is You
DalekTurret32
94
Oh, Saki [87] (-)
All This Way [92]
Getting Along [98]
Alright [91]
Caroline [97]
Jasmine [96]
Take Care [93]
Slippin' [93]
Your Love [97]
How Can I Compete? [96]
I'll Show You [91]
All That I Want Is You [92]

Top 5:

5. Jasmine
4. How Can I Compete?
3. Caroline
2. Your Love
1. Getting Along
SyunKeymt
83
長く時間をかけただけはあるデビューアルバム。アップテンポなものからスローなものまで粒揃いの曲が並んでいる。バリエーションが豊かであるのは彼らのソングライティングの能力の確かさの証といっていい。
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#38/Clash

Track List

  1. Oh, Saki
  2. All This Way
  3. Getting Along
  4. Alright
  5. Caroline
  6. Jasmine
  7. Take Care
  8. Slippin'
  9. Your Love
  10. How Can I Compete
  11. I'll Show You
  12. All That I Want Is You
  13. Fade Away
  14. Getting Along (Acoustic)
  15. All That I Want Is You (Acoustic)
  16. Bruises
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