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The Magnifiers

For the People

Review by Gary Hill

I suppose the big story here is the lineup of this band. The group is made up of four Chicago siblings ranging in age from 10 to 17. The music on the EP is along the lines of DIY/punk. There isn't a lot of range here, but it's only four songs, so that's not all that big a deal. The closing track is the one bit of variety here. Personally, I think it would serve the set better in one of the middle slots to break things up a little. Then again, it seems that a lot of people these days just listen to one song at a time and not a whole album or EP, so that probably really doesn't matter that much. All in all, this shows promise and works pretty well for fans of the whole DIY movement.

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Track by Track Review
Mostly Harmless

This powers in with a hard rocking sound that's part emo and part alternative rock. The female vocals bring a different edge to the sound. This has a catchy chorus, bringing some modern pop to the mix. The mellower segment at the end is quite artsy while still retaining and punk emo edge.

TV Hat

This is another slab of alternative rock meets pop and emo. It's an effective cut, but not a big change from the opener.

Anarchy Sucks
The chorus on this is particularly catchy. The song works well, but doesn't vary much from the earlier cuts. The lyrics seem quite mature given the age of this band.
This comes in mellower. The vocals come over the top of that. This cut remains a mellower, balladic piece. It has some piano and brings some variety to the table.
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