Have Some Faith In Magic


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Review Text Signed to Mogwai's Rock Action label, experimental four-piece Errors have often been regarded as the pretenders to their fellow Glaswegians' post-rock throne. However, their third album, Have Some Faith in Magic, suggests that they're now fully equipped to step out of their celebrated bosses' shadows. The follow-up to 2010's cleverly titled Come Down with Me still centers on their ability to create sprawling and richly textured soundscapes, but it's very much a warmer and less abrasive affair, with several nods toward the '80s synth pop scene and a newfound penchant for vocals, albeit distant and largely unintelligible ones, which lend the likes of the early Depeche Mode-esque melancholy of "Blank Media" and the analog cosmic pop of "Magna Encarta" a more melodic edge. Fans of their previous left-field output needn't be too concerned that they're straying too far into the mainstream, as while there are tentative steps toward both the dancefloor, with the four-to-the-floor beats and Balearic basslines of acid house pastiche "Pleasure Palaces," and chillout territory with the blissful bleep-laden electronica of "The Knock," the band's off-kilter tendencies remain intact, whether it's the haunting Gregorian chants that permeate the Vangelis does Afro-beat of "Earthscore," the clattering industrial electro of "Barton Spring," or the woozy prog of opener "Tusk." A subtle but confident change in direction, Have Some Faith in Magic suggests Mogwai better start looking over their shoulders. ~ Jon O'Brien

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Tusk - 5:35
  2. 2. Magna Encarta - 6:18
  3. 3. Blank Media - 6:33
  4. 4. Pleasure Palaces - 6:15
  5. 5. Knock - 6:55
  6. 6. Canon - 2:45
  7. 7. Earthscore - 6:36
  8. 8. Cloud Chamber - 4:58
  9. 9. Barton Spring - 5:40
  10. 10. Holus Bolus - 5:26

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