ALBUM REVIEW: Here We Go Magic – Be Small

Rating6herewegomagic-besmall-560x560On their fourth album Here We Go Magic have lost some of their magic. While 2012’s A Different Ship radiated a rhythmic warmth Be Small feels just that – restrained, inferior and a retreat from the potential the band had to step outside of the shadows of contemporaries such as Radiohead and Grizzly Bear. There’s a late resurrection with the nimble electronic pulse of Tokyo London US Korea and the drifting melodic beauty of Ordinary Feeling but those highlights lack a supporting cast of songs and arrangements. Be Small is a disappointment from a band that appeared to be on the musical ascendent.

Chris Familton