With the preabsingles "Roy Orbison" and "Shot In The Dark" it was to be assumed that the English siblings Stodart and Gannon would continue with their fourth album where they left off with "The Runaway" 2010: a - apparently successful - tightrope walk between neatly elaborated, filigree melancholic songs on the border between Pop and Americana and all too pompous fabric softener music with a tendency towards pseudo-romanticism. If one can still attest a certain innovation to the singles in question, then "Though I Wasn't Ready" and "E.N.D." simply seem to be out of the box: How do I make my next song for an embarrassing TV commercial with soul and soft jazz offset pieces plus sugar-tacky strings? The four can also do it differently. Whenever they deviate from their usual schema, like with "Wake Up", "Enough" or "Black Rose" for example, they tie in with the dark psychedelic pop of Mumford And Sons and thus seem much more credible. But they do it far too rarely. Cash coin is unfortunately still far ahead of creativity at Magic Numbers.
Top track: Enough