Thanks to Jax, the self-titled full-length debut by The Magic Numbers has been my most recent obsession. I first heard a couple of songs on Sirius’ Left of Center, and then I turned into this raving lunatic, foaming at the mouth, fiending for more. Such is the irresistible pull of the catchy pop they create.
While I guess the comparisons to the sunshiney pop of the Mamas and Papas are inevitable, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the lyrical depth of The Magic Numbers.
“That I’m a no-good, used-up, bruised and fucked-up boy /
Who gets beat up just by looking at you /
I’m a lonely soul, lost every single thing I ever did own /
But I never owned you”
The Magic Numbers, live on KEXP, 11/7/05:
1. Forever Lost
2. Don’t Give Up the Fight
3. Love’s A Game
4. Love Me Like You
5. Gone Are the Days