It’s been a long time coming, for sure.
Having released a plethora of really really strong EP’s, The Magic Gang have finally got around to releasing a full-length album which a lot of people (like myself) have been waiting a LONG time for.
I saw The Magic Gang early last year, supporting Circa Waves, and I was instantly struck by their vast energy and enthusiasm on stage, and these feelings translate in many of the tracks on their self-titled LP.
Oh, Saki is a perfect, thumping opener to the album which is bound to be a head-bopper when they commence their UK Tour this week. The same could be said for Getting Along and Caroline, really strong tracks which prove why The Magic Gang are tipped for big things.
The Brighton band have re-recorded some of the tracks from their previous EP’s, and the vast majority of them sound even better than the original versions. All That I Want Is You sounds fresh and interesting, however another fan-favourite All This Way seems sped-up and the delivery of vocals are a lot harsher than on the EP.
Other great cuts from their debut is the excellent How Can I Compete, much revered but a very very good track, and the slow-burning and uplifting Take Care which sees the Gang take a step in a different direction with slow guitar melodies and another belter of a chorus.
The album flows really well, though it would have been great to see a few more old tracks be re-recorded, Hotel Apathy and Only Waiting are just two I would have liked to have seen a different take on.
Nevertheless, their debut is a decent affair. It includes some really really great songs and some forgettable ones at best. The lads know how to write a decent chorus and have great appeal to the indie-pop genre. Let’s see how the second album goes.
Best Tracks: Oh, Saki, Take Care, How Can I Compete, All That I Want Is You