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The Soateramic Sounds of Magoo
1. Starter's Gun, The
2. to Z and Back Again, A
3. Your Only Friend
4. Telling You Lies
5. Red Lines (Are Fine)
6. Guilt Club, The
7. Advantage of Noise, The
8. Have You Heard?
9. Social Event of the Year, The
11. Queen of the 8-Bus Singers, The
12. It's Not Going to Stop
14. Playing Cards With the Stars
15. British Cars
16. This Red Earth
17. Say Goodnight
18. Lonely Legionairre - (bonus track)
19. Careering Dice (A Loose Dear Santa) - (bonus track)
20. Melodra - (bonus track)
21. Bebe Alights - (bonus track)
22. Dutch Dynamico - (bonus track)
23. Train of Thought - (bonus track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 012
Magoo: Andrew Rayner (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, violin, piano, organ, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, bells, handclaps, effects); Owen Turner (guitar, organ, keyboards, bass, effects, handclaps); David Bamford (drums, percussion, handclaps).
Additional personnel: Steve Balls, Pete Zappa (spoken vocals); Chris Thorpe-Tracey (guitar, organ, bass, handclaps); Andrew Hodge (guitar); Anna Madeleine (violin); Adam Blackbourne (bass); Chris Wyatt (drums, effects).
Producers: Chris Wyatt, Magoo, Paul Savage.
Engineers include: Chris Wyatt, Magoo, Andrew Rayner.
The 23 brief tracks on Soateramic Sounds... are a giddy cacophony of fuzzy pop gems. Magoo's songs are noisy, quirky, and occasionally low-fi, but above all they're hooky, with sing-along choruses and friendly melodies packed into every second. It's quite a likeable approach -- some of the album's tracks are rockers, others are mid-tempo pop songs, and still others, surprisingly enough, are atmospheric and rather mellow. Each song casually dedicates itself to churning out snappy, memorable structures. Between the band's charming generosity with melody, their scattered and idiosyncratic approach to instrumental presentation, and their inexhaustible supply of hooks, Soateramic Sounds... proves to be an immensely satisfying listen. ~ Nitsuh Abebe
Magnet (1-2/98, p.74) - "...plucks pop from every conceivable outlet. The record's 23 tracks are like vectors that shoot off in varied directions and benefit from the aesthetic of innovation through improvisation, while more than half of the tunes boast four-track production touches..."
Option (11-12/97, p.106) - "Just when you're ready to stick a fork in the lo-fi movement and consider it done, along comes Magoo to reaffirm your faith in half-baked ideas recorded on four glorious tracks....Magoo keeps things short and sweet, rarely allowing a motif to continue more than three minutes..."
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