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On The Thirteenth Day
December 2012
Released: 2012, Scarlet Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Magnum, the venerable British rock institution has been on a remarkable tear in the last ten years. Their releases since 2002’s comeback album, BREATH OF LIFE, have all been solid to stellar efforts, with 2007’s PRINCESS ALICE AND THE BROKEN ARROW being a particular highlight for me. I unfortunately missed last year’s THE VISITATION effort, but was psyched to hear the band was returning quickly with this album – their 17th studio effort.

The lead team of guitarist/song writer Tony Clarkin and vocalist Bob Catley is still intact, so you know that the core Magnum sound of ‘70s prog rock crossed with driving melodic rock has not changed; and that’s just fine because ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY is chock full of memorable hooks and well-sung choruses. Lead track “All the Dreamers” is classic Magnum through and through, affirming that all is right on this well-produced effort. As always the sound is bright and clear, emphasizing the musicality of the band. Even heavier cuts like “Dance of the Black Tattoo” will have you tapping your foot and singing along. Sure, Magnum’s incredibly dated stylistically, but that’s part of the band’s charm – they just do their thing because they enjoy it.

I don’t need to go much deeper than that here; this is a Magnum album, no surprises, if perhaps a bit better written than the last couple of efforts. It’s unfortunate that the band continues to be an obscure entity on North American shores – they deserve your attention.
Track Listing

1. All the Dreamers
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Didn’t Like You Anyway
4. On the 13th Day
5. So Let It Rain
6. Dance of the Black Tattoo
7. Shadow Town
8. Putting Things in Place
9. Broken Promises
10. See How They Fall
11. From Within


Bob Catley: Vocals
Tony Clarkin: Guitar, Vocals
Mark Stanway: Keyboards
Al Barrow: Bass
Harry James: Drums

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