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Those the Brokes
Magic Numbers
Those the Brokes
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Magic Numbers
Title: Those the Brokes
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Astralwerks
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 7/17/2007
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 094638234524

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I love you best
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 07/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Longing and broken love, played in uptempo indiepop and wistful ballads.

That's what the Magic Numbers played in their self-titled debut, and that's what they play in their sophomore album "Those the Brokes" -- painful, prettily sparkling pop music. It would have benefited from a song or two being trimmed off, but the English quartet sound more polished and assured.

It opens with gentle glockenspiel and a murky guitar melody, before blooming out into a sprightly little pop tune. "I don't wanna tell her/No don't want to tell her/I lie awake in the dark/Lost in the beat of my heart," Romeo Stodart sings mournfully. "And if it hurts me baby you know why/I go it alone/Hurt me baby if you like/It's already gone..."

It's a bit too pop, I have to admit. But they embrace a more sweeping, catchy melody in the layered "You Never Had It," with some squiggle synth and ringing guitar riffs. From there, they try out all sorts of pop music: peppy dancey stuff, mellow bouncy tunes, some fun alt-rock, folk-edged string melodies, and meditative little ballads, ending with the folksy, fond "Goodnight."

If "Those the Brokes" has a flaw, it's that it's about two songs too long. But on a musical level, it's a great combination -- like Camera Obscura, the two brother-sister pairs meld the mournful, wistful, achy lyrics encapsulated in shimmering, smooth pop confections. You're sad, but still the music is a bit uplifting.

Those melodies are spun out of some solid guitars (both solidly acoustic and blurrily cycling), some undulating basslines and drums for the basic beats. But they're also dressed up in some extra instrumentation -- melodica, weeping strings, some really exquisite glockenspiel tinkling, and what sounds like a trumpet in "Undecided." It's much the same as in their first album, but here it's deeper, smoother and more layered.

Siblings Romeo and Michelle Stodart provide most of the vocals, and they both have mellow, full-bodied voices that can be either mournful, or sprightly (depending on the tune). They mainly sing about loves lost or broken, with writing that's solid but not exceptional just yet: "What you gonna do when she turns around/And says you broke another heart that was broken down/It's a crying shame, that the love you've made/Is a cross that you bear when it's cold..."

"Those the Brokes" is a solid, polished second album, and expands on the sound that the Magic Numbers crafted in their debut -- an enjoyable pop album full of woe."
Uplifting the typical
IRate | 02/08/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"3 1/2

The album looses a little steam about halfway through, opting for a slower section which the band doesn't dazzle with quite as much as a first side of upbeat numbers, but altogether this is a good example of how a few modifications to a tried and true indie-pop format can breathe urgency back into the compositions."