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The Magic Is Gone, No One Will Ever Be Completely Satisfied 

Album Review

Published December 3, 2004 at 4:05 p.m.

(Self-released, CD)

Burlington alt-rock vets The Magic is Gone are back with a fresh EP. Front man Colin Clary is leader of The Smittens and a prolific artist on his own. But where The Smittens specialize in sugary-sweet, sexually ambiguous pop and Clary's solo work strays into doe-eyed singer-songwriter territory, TMG is his chance to rock. And rock he does, packing enough ringing guitars, chugging bass and thunderous drums into the record's 18 minutes to create a numbing wave of sound. "Space, As Opposed to Light" kick-starts the record with a punchy riff and "do do do" chorus. "Don't Sink Away" cruises along with a summery buzz reminiscent of groups such as The Lemonheads or Smudge. Likewise, "The Same Prescription" finds Clary and company -- lead guitarist Steve Williams, bassist Joe Boo and drummer Tom Goodale -- spinning through a cathartic cycle of chords. NOWEBCS is a nice little teaser for those waiting for the next Magic full-length

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Ethan Covey

Ethan Covey

Ethan Covey was the Seven Days music editor from 2001 until 2004. He won the 2004 John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.


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