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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
When the Magic Kids appeared seemingly out of nowhere in late 2009 with their single "Hey Boy," they were out of step with the big trends sweeping through indie pop. The innocent jangle and child-like glee found in the grooves had nothing to do with chillwave, lo-fi, beach pop or C86 revival. Instead the Memphis-based band reached back to the classic sunshine-y pop of the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, the goofy, happy pop of bands like Herman's Hermits and more recently, the anything-goes inventiveness of the Elephant 6 collective (only without the drugs). "Hey Boy" sounded like it could have been a radio hit in 1965, well-produced, endlessly catchy and full of life, and it...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
When the Magic Kids appeared seemingly out of nowhere in late 2009 with their single "Hey Boy," they were out of step with the big trends sweeping through indie pop. The innocent jangle and child-like glee found in the grooves had nothing to do with chillwave, lo-fi, beach pop or C86 revival. Instead the Memphis-based band reached back to the classic sunshine-y pop of the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, the goofy, happy pop of bands like Herman's Hermits and more recently, the anything-goes inventiveness of the Elephant 6 collective (only without the drugs). "Hey Boy" sounded like it could have been a radio hit in 1965, well-produced, endlessly catchy and full of life, and it seemed like a hard act to follow. Their next single "Superball" was almost as good, adding some ramshackle energy and kick to their sound and building expectations for their album to almost unreasonable levels. Luckily, Memphis comes through like a dream. It includes both "Hey Boy" and "Superball" and as a testament to how good the album is, they fit into the overall picture instead of being highlights. All eleven songs are tiny symphonies of sweetly sung, perfectly arranged pop that fit together like puzzle pieces and result in a completely satisfying listening experience. The group prove themselves adept at creating heart-breakingly fragile ballads ("Hideout"), rollicking feel-good rockers ("Skateland"), and bubblegummy love songs ("Sailin"), but excel at bouncing, giddy songs that sound like smiles ("Hey Boy," "Radio," "Little Red Radio"). Fronted by Bennett Foster's boyish vocals and filled in by all kinds of keys, horns and voices, the group gets a full and impressively rich. Foster and keyboardist Will McElroy produced the record and they prove masterful at capturing a intimate sound that weaves together many elements but always sounds clear and direct. Amazingly, the duo doesn't use reverb much, preferring a clean sound that jumps through the speakers and suits the songs perfectly. Memphis is the most thrilling debut album since the Apples in Stereo's Fun Trick Noisemaker and should be embraced by anyone who likes pop music that sounds small but thinks big. These kids truly have some magic in them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • UPC: 744861602323
  • Catalog Number: 16023
  • Sales rank: 320,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Phone (2:05)
  2. 2 Candy (2:52)
  3. 3 Superball (2:20)
  4. 4 Hideout (2:21)
  5. 5 Summer (3:52)
  6. 6 Hey Boy (2:15)
  7. 7 Good to Be (1:50)
  8. 8 Skateland (2:54)
  9. 9 Sailin' (2:48)
  10. 10 Little Red Radio (3:12)
  11. 11 Cry with Me Baby (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magic Kids Primary Artist
Doug Easley Pedal Steel Guitar
Anthony Williams Trombone
Spencer Zahn Upright Bass
Justin Jordan Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Kirkscey Cello
Justin Brown Baritone Saxophone
Charles Ray Trumpet
Victor Sawyer Trombone
Bennett Foster Guitar, Vocals
Kyle Hayes French Horn
Dwayne Heard Tuba
Ben Bauermeister Percussion
Katherine Dohan Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Jennifer Whitehead Flute
Garrett McQueen Bassoon
Anna Wilkens-Reed Flute
Jessi Z. Wariner Vocals
Mary Carter Harpsichord
Jo Hoyle French Horn
Alanna Stewart Vocals
Will McElroy Guitar, Piano, electronics
Technical Credits
Emily Lazar Mastering
Shane Stoneback Engineer
Tommy Foster Cover Photo
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Brian Herman Engineer
Magic Kids Engineer
Ever Ronquillo Engineer
Ryan Lerette Engineer
Bennett Foster Arranger, Composer, Producer
Alex Gates Composer
Ben Bauermeister Layout
Alejandra Sabillon Layout
Will McElroy Arranger, Composer, Producer
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