Before the Waves

Before the Waves

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by Magic Man
     
 

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Magic Man's second album, Before the Waves, is a sunnily extroverted pop album that takes the synth-heavy dance beats of bands like Passion Pit, melds them with the hookiness of Foster the People, and coats them with a healthy studio sheen that makes them 100-percent

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Magic Man's second album, Before the Waves, is a sunnily extroverted pop album that takes the synth-heavy dance beats of bands like Passion Pit, melds them with the hookiness of Foster the People, and coats them with a healthy studio sheen that makes them 100-percent ready for the radio. Add in a large '80s new wave influence (especially on the Tears for Fears-quoting "Chicagoland"), the band's fresh-faced and uplifting vocals, and their tendency to write huge singalong choruses, and the record makes a positive impression on the first listen. Songs like the booming "Every Day" or "Out of Mind" sound like candidates for falling in love montages in a modern John Hughes update, "Too Much" adds some drama to their sound, and the aforementioned "Chicagoland" is a really slick update on classic new wave. There are some more modern-sounding tracks too, like the sultry ballad "Paris" which rides a slinky Maroon 5-ish groove or the dream-like "Catherine," which feels like the kind of song Justin Timberlake might have recorded if he was more into a-ha than MJ. Before the Waves isn't the kind of album that will set the pop world on fire, but it will appeal to people who like their modern pop crafted with a decidedly retro appeal.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2014
Label:
Columbia / Dmz
UPC:
0888430833227
catalogNumber:
83322
Rank:
61074

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Performance Credits

Magic Man   Primary Artist
Larry Gorman   Drums
Alex Caplow   Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Radin   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Gabe Goodman   Group Member
Joey Sulkowski   Group Member
Justine Bowe   Piano,Background Vocals,Group Member
Sam Lee   Synthesizer,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Alex Aldi   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Alex Caplow   Composer
Magic Man   Producer,Engineer
Dave Bette   Art Direction
Sam Lee   Composer,Programming

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Before the Waves 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
katerinekit More than 1 year ago
I am irrevocably in love with the album! It is magnificent! I recommend Paris or Texas! They are my faveeees!