Magic Eight Ball - 'Mother Nature's Candy' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 27 June 2011 06:00

magic_eight_ballRejoice power pop fans as Magic Eight Ball return to soothe our eardrums with their spanking brand new EP 'Mother Nature's Candy'. Inside the lavish packaging is promised a micro power-pop rock opera of sorts based on the themes of love and disillusion, so grab a handful of Parma Violets and let's see what they have in store.


After reviewing a sampler of this band back in March I have been looking forward to some more material from Surrey-based Magic Eight Ball, led by singer/songwriter Baz Francis who handles basically everything but the drums on this EP. Previously I likened their sound to Dodgy, Jellyfish and Redd Kross and I am pleased to say not much has changed.


Intro track 'Perils Of Honesty' is 50 seconds of hammond and harmonised guitars, sounding like The Feeling it's a nice start. First track proper 'Big Star' is pure aural delight, great harmony vocals, acoustic based and a chorus to die for, a perfect summer pop song, guaranteed to put a smile on even the most depressed of faces.


'Love Makes You Do Some Funny Things' has such a familiar melody, and that's the key; familiar, catchy melodies is where it's at for Magic Eight Ball. It's lifted from a 70s pop song I'm sure of it, intentional or not, it doesn't matter, it's another perfect three minute pop song like they used to make back when flares were fashionable the first time. There's nothing original in rock 'n' roll anymore, there's only so many chord progressions, right? So if ya gonna pilfer, then pilfer from the best, and Baz sure does that.


'Rhubarb & Custard (Cats In My Home)' is a sweet ode to Baz's cats I presume, the picked intro leads into the acoustic backing of a tale of two cats being home alone and "away with the fairies", the harmony vocals again are spot on, a sweet finish that showcases Baz's love of retro, simple melody.


A lot of effort has gone in to this EP from the songwriting to the artwork, good use of melody and arrangement makes for a refreshing and upbeat sound. The more I listen, the more I like, it really is like a stripped down Jellyfish which can't be a bad thing, right?


So power pop fans,the message is clear - get yourself over to the Magic Eight Ball store and grab yourself a big bag of 'Mother Nature's Candy'.