The Magnificents perfectly incorporate electronic sound
into the rich tapestry of their chaotic and inspired songs, seeming
to find and walk that fine line where the synthetic meets the
synergetic. I have a real problem with bands that use artificial
noise (I won't call it music) to fill in what they affectionately
call songs. In a majority of the cases these contrived sound effects
deter from the whole and only fail in the attempt to cover poorly
written material. This is not the case with The Magnificents on
One can't help but compare them with Devo, who helped bring
electronic sound into the mainstream, but comparing them any further
than some similarities of sound would limit the true genius that
is present on this record. The use of artificial and analog is
beautifully accomplished, with no specific bias over one or the
other, rather a strategic blend focusing on the necessity of the
moment. That, specifically, is one thing I am sucker for: bands
that know how to sacrifice individual sound for the whole. The
guitar work is so minor on "M.I.A" that it is almost
non-existent, yet it's interplay in the background lends a new
kind of level to the song. Sometimes, it's not what you play,
it's what you don't play, and because of that fact The Magnificents
have earned a lot of respect in my book.
The drumming on this album earns even more respect, though. Like
I stated above, it has its moments of sacrifice for the whole,
but when it is necessary, it just blows everything else away.
It is subtle and understated, but at the same time it is direct
and driving, and it moves me to a type of existence I don't honestly
get too often. "Last Gasp of Revenge" and " Blueprint"
simply raise the bar and further the feeling of fusion between
electronic and analog.
The highest achievement of the album is the pure sense established
and maintained throughout. It does harken back to the 1980's with
the beginnings of this type of sound, but pushes the envelope
to create something new and enjoyable. The songs are solid and
catchy, and very distinct, with just the correct amount of drive
to keep me interested and wanting more. It is very rare to get
a band that is deep rooted in the past but so far ahead of its
time that it is unmappable.
Buy this album, you won't regret it.
1) Infidel Infidel (six fingered hell)
2) Last Gasp of Revenge
3) The Apollo Creed
5) Kids Now
6) Digital Dirt
8) This is Active
9) The Russian Disco
11) This is the Magnificents
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