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CD Review: The Magic Numbers “The Runaway”

The Magic Numbers stumbled upon the pop scene as fresh-faced nostalgists in 2005, taking life’s shots in stride because they had their favorite records in tow. Yet, for all of the disarming hooks purveyed on the front half of their self-titled affair, the back was a middling mess. It felt somewhat calculated in its sluggish tempo and seemingly aimed for snug intimacy rather than small pleasure. 5 years removed, The Magic Numbers are still enticing when they appear to be swept up in life’s motions and rolling with the punches. However, such instances are scanty on The Runaway, as the quartet’s punctilious pop displays a decided shade of blue once more.