Those the Brokes This U.K.-based quartet (composed of two brother-sister duos) continues to make joyful harmonies on album No. 2. Though sticky-sweet intonations about painful breakups can inch… Those the Brokes This U.K.-based quartet (composed of two brother-sister duos) continues to make joyful harmonies on album No. 2. Though sticky-sweet intonations about painful breakups can inch… 2007-07-17 The Magic Numbers Indie Rock
Music Review

Those the Brokes (2007)

GOING FOR 'BROKES' Magic Numbers return with a second CD of harmony-sweetened '70s-AM radio pop
Image credit: Steve Gullick
GOING FOR 'BROKES' Magic Numbers return with a second CD of harmony-sweetened '70s-AM radio pop
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 17, 2007; Lead Performance: The Magic Numbers; Genre: Indie Rock

This U.K.-based quartet (composed of two brother-sister duos) continues to make joyful harmonies on album No. 2. Though sticky-sweet intonations about painful breakups can inch into cloying territory, the urgent guitars and moody violins backing up the Magic Numbers help even out the playing field on Those the Brokes — and harken back to the sort of tunes that wafted from a '70s AM radio. That is, until you're jarred into reality after hearing Romeo Stodart bust out banal lyrics like "This is a song/These are the words." DOWNLOAD THIS: Keep It in the Pocket

Originally posted Aug 03, 2007 Published in issue #947 Aug 10, 2007 Order article reprints
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