AAAC - Tues 20th Dec, Magnus - Where Neon Goes To Die

Oh FFS, the album I was lining up for this, The Body Gave You Everything, isn’t even on Spotify.

Just sodding perfect.

In that case you get the second, rather more poppy and accessible album, Where Neon Goes To Die.

Magnus is that rarest of commodities, a Belgian supergroup.

The core line up consists of CJ Bolland of, uhhh, CJ Bolland fame, and Tom Barman of dEUS, although there are other contributors, particularly on this second album.

Here you go:

Track 11, “Singing Man” features Tom Smith of Editors. There is also a version floating around with the ubiquitous Mark Lanegan. I emphasise this track because it has what I think is a rather spiffing video

Beware, if you go searching for more of the Magnus oevre there’s at least one wizards ‘n’ goblins outfit, and a ghastly rapper, all with the same name.


Just had a listen to a couple of tracks off each album and liking them all :slight_smile:

From the title I was half expecting some more dreary indie (maybe the name being a little close to Mansun didn’t help there), but the mention of CJ Bolland has most definitely perked my interest. Off to have a listen now.

Or Magnum, if you’re into hair metal.

Everybody give it the Bob Catley wavy-hand gesture

(saw them quite a lot in the 80s)

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For a change I liked this and easily managed the whole album in one sitting.
The only thing that annoyed me was the Album cover because the W in Where is occurred by some smog in the air.

Tidal links:
Where Neon Goes to Die

The Body Gave You Everything

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Smashing, ta.

It would be a bit more useful if the parsed links showed the album, like the Spotify ones do.

I quite like this and it is most definitely not my sort of thing, so thanks for posting it Guy as I hadn’t heard of Magnus before.

I was particularly impressed by the use of fairly sparse instrumentation on the early tunes, particularly the interaction between the bass sequencers and the percussion which provides a nice, meaty and driving underpinning to the tunes without being all in yer face with millions of BPM or subsonic rumblings.

The restraint shown in the production is excellent too. I like the way they avoid covering each tracks in swathes of keyboards and/or samples and much kudos for not compressing everything to mush. My main complaint is with the vocals which are all a bit OTT for my tastes (singer performing the song, rather than just singing the feckin’ thing).

Album clubs like this can be quite refreshing. It’s not something I’d listen to and it’s not something I’d think I’d like, so it’s a chance for something totally different.

Quite clubby, but some decent melodies. Track 2 reminds me of the ace ‘Morning after dark’ by Timbaland. Track 3 a bit Kraftwerk-y and would be my highlight on the album.

Tracks 6 and 7 get a bit too clubby for me.

Overall, a nicely different choice and while it’s not a style of music I’d love, was a perfectly enjoyable listen.

Club albums normally bore me to tears but I really liked this. Nice mix of sounds behind proper tunes, decent production and singers who didn’t go too OTT. 4/5.