The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang - The Magic Gang
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #215 / 676
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2018 Ratings: #285
March 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner UK, Yala! / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Space Vacation
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.
Awesome debut from the Magic Gang. I've had "Caroline" stuck in my head all weekend. Most of the sounds on this album are quite enjoyable, however it does run a little long and by the end of the record most of the songs sound similar. Still enjoyed this album and am looking forward to what is next for the group.
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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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Added on: March 15, 2018