Release Date: Aug 18, 2014
Record label: Caroline
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Four years after delivering Runaway, Britain's the Magic Numbers return with their fourth studio album, 2014's Alias. After taking some time off, during which vocalist Michele Stodart released the country-infused solo effort Wide-Eyed Crossing and her brother, singer/songwriter Romeo Stodart (who once again handles production duties here), became a father, the Stodart siblings and Magic Numbers bandmates, siblings Sean and Angela Gannon, reconvened in their London home studio. Bringing all their newfound life experiences to bear here, and with a purported 30 songs to pick from, the Magic Numbers ultimately boiled everything down to 11 of the group's most solidly engaging cuts to date.
After finding early success with their first single Forever Lost – and the subsequent self-titled debut album – the career of The Magic Numbers has stalled somewhat. While that sounds strange for a band that are now releasing their fourth studio LP, the four-piece comprised of two sets of siblings have never quite managed to rediscover the attention they received when they first burst onto the scene around the mid-2000s. Following their Mercury Prize-nominated eponymous debut, they quickly released second album Those The Brokes just a year later to less than positive reviews.
After pursuing various personal projects in recent years, those applauded siblings The Magic Numbers have returned with their fourth album, Alias. Singer and producer Romeo Stodart has said in various interviews he genuinely thinks it’s their best yet, and it certainly highlights a progression. On just the first listen, it’s apparent that they’ve grown up a bit.