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1 review »Manchester based 80's 'legends' make unexpected comeback. Sound familiar? Well this is not the third coming of the E.T like creatures from the blue lagoon who have hit the headlines this week, instead a more understated, unmentioned comeback from a band who in their pomp probably managed to string more than one good record together. Led by ex Buzzcock and professional Will Gompertz lookalike ... »

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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 October 2011

Manchester based 80's 'legends' make unexpected comeback. Sound familiar? Well this is not the third coming of the E.T like creatures from the blue lagoon who have hit the headlines this week, instead a more understated, unmentioned comeback from a band who in their pomp probably managed to string more than one good record together. Led by ex Buzzcock and professional Will Gompertz lookalike Howard Devoto, Magazine peddled a brand of dark swirling post-punk, pre-Pulp dramatic rock. Its probably not too controversial to say that this starts off a bit ropey with some horrifying guitar solo-ing (reminiscent of the Squire himself) and about five lines in Devoto sings the word 'toilet' - never a good idea. Three or four songs in, I'm starting to enjoy it a little more. Its certainly in your early Associates style of 80's darkness - you can just see the people with mullets getting very serious over a Vesta curry. Legendary guitarist John McGeough is certainly missed and the production certainly has that strange 'jam' like feel of the elder rock statesmen but there are probably enough sharp moments here to keep long term fans happy and Devoto still seems a vibrant front-man, full of ideas.


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