The Magic Numbers @ Oran Mor 09-12-09

December 18, 2009

THE MAGIC NUMBERS
Oran Mor, Glasgow, December 9 * * *

In the fickle world of music you’d be forgiven for forgetting all about The Magic Numbers, after all it’s just over three years since their last album hit the shelves. It was a different story when the quartet’s eponymous debut became the soundtrack to the summer of 2005, but mixed reviews for its follow-up seemed to take their toll.
Returning to the live scene with a tour of the country’s more intimate venues, the band used tonight’s appearance at Oran Mor to try out material from their as yet unnamed third studio offering.
Due out in March, on the basis of this display it’s hard to see the four-piece recreating the success they enjoyed early on in their career, as save for Once I Had, the new songs failed to make much of an impact.
Lucky then that tracks like The Mule, Forever Lost and Love’s A Game haven’t lost any of their sun-kissed appeal. Glorious harmonies, joyful melodies and seemingly endless reserves of energy ensured the sold-out crowd wasn’t disappointed.
Mornings 11 should have brought proceedings to a triumphant end but by tacking on two far from magic final numbers, what had been by and large an enjoyable set was rounded off with a whimper rather than a bang.

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