Experimental Music Love

January 8, 2008

Magic Numbers – Edinburgh Corn Exchange 20/02/06

Filed under: Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 6:16 pm

Normally it’s the sound of the band that leaves your ears ringing after a
concert, but on this occasion, it’s the constant screaming of a very loud,
very excited and very adoring crowd that leaves everyone saying “what?” to
any questions concerning how the gig was for the rest of the night. Which
is a pity, as if they could hear the question their answer would probably
be one of unreserved adulation and admiration, for The Magic Numbers
really do know how to put on a show.

Heralded by many as the best live act of 2005, it was with great
expectations that I traveled to Edinburgh, and I was far from
disappointed. The support came from the witty Simon Bean and the rather
wonderful Concretes, who both did their best to raise the atmosphere in
the room, but it wasn’t until those the headliners came on that the cheers
became deafening and the party started.

With each member bearing a smile from ear to ear as they practically skip
out onto the stage, you know they are having the time of their lives, and
as the launch into “The Mule” they grant that feeling to the audience too.
Though one of the weaker songs on the album it gets a new found
exuberance to it as it’s delivered live.

Though the biggest cheer of the night goes to news that they will be at T
in the Park this year, the huge applause for the singles such as “Forever
Lost” and “Love Me Like You” is deafening and with both of these wonderful
pieces of pop demonstrating what the band do best as the audience dance
along. Though it’s not just fun, upbeat numbers this band deliver
flawlessly. “I See You, You See Me”sounds incredibly beautiful, even with
the huge cheers at the start of each verse, showing a more touching side
to the band. And in the mix of all these modern pop classics, 4 new
songs are played in a row, each sounding better than the last and all
receiving the same reception from the audience as if they were on the
album already.

Their general happiness is present throughout, yet its when they invite
both support acts on stage in the encore for a rousing rendition of John
Lennon’s “Oh Yoko” that they really show that they love their job as all
12 or so people on stage fight for a microphone. It’s also in the encore
that an acoustic version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” is delivered, and it
has never sounded better. Forget Disneyland, wherever The Magic Numbers
are playing is the happiest place on Earth.

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