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Elefant - The Black Magic Show Review

The Black Magic Show is Elefant's sophomore effort following their slightly underrated debut Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid. Magic Show follows suit in a relatively expected way but misses the mark with an outdated style and a wayward musical direction. Sometimes trying to sound like the 80's just sounds too much like the 80's, if that makes any sense. Can we all get past this sudden nostalgic yearning to sound like The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, et al, and just make music? Has the idea pot run dry? I mean, if I want to hear Joy Division, I'll go listen to Joy Division. It was certainly cool for awhile, but it's time to lift our heads up and move forward.

Magic Show's shelf life is shorter than a gallon of milk. Get through the immediate, sugar-coated hooks and emotions-on-predictable sleeves and you have a not surprisingly blank and hollow record that echoes and vibrates in its own mediocrity. Lots of leftover synth, plenty of silly-sounding rhyming lyrics that make you laugh, and not enough substance to stay any kind of course it may set out to endure. Ultimately, The Black Magic Show gets lost in its own agonizing longing for digging up a fresh sounding 80's heap o' magic, but instead finds a crate o' yesterday's moldy leftover garbage.

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