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

Album Review

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(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