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Real Life

Magazine

1978

Real Life

Album Summary

Real Life is the debut studio album by English rock band Magazine. It was released in June 1978 by record label Virgin. The album includes the band's debut single "Shot by Both Sides", and was also preceded by the non-album single "Touch and Go", a song from the album's recording sessions. Real Life has received critical acclaim and is considered a pioneering post-punk record. It has also been described as new wave and art rock.

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Rating

3.05

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4621

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Late 70s UK punk for me is The Clash, The Damned, Wire, and Magazine. This record fucks.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Feels like Halloween, very creative melodically and conceptually. Fav songs “great beautician in the sky”, “motorcade”, and “shot by both sides”

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

“Real Life” by Magazine (1978) Lyrics are good—frequently demonstrating artful juxtaposition of unexpected pairs of images. On “My Tulpa”, the line “My skin wants to crawl back to Ma” nicely demonstrates this. This feature forces the reader to read slowly, or the listener to listen more than once. But alas, the feature is almost undone by the musical compositions, which can obscure the words, or occasionally drive past them at breakneck speed. Magazine works hard to overcome this potential weakness through slow or half tempos, good mixing, and the almost comically exaggerated diction, all with partial success. So a serious appreciation of this album takes a lot of work. But it’s not quite worth it, especially since time and distance (UK of 43 years ago) make many of the idioms and references incomprehensible. The musical settings seem quaint today, utilizing then-innovative progressions and effects that are now dated, forcing us to adopt the same kind of ears we must use to appreciate, say, harpsichord renditions of compositions we’ve heard on piano. In term of performance, intentionally shabby vocals and ballpark tunings of guitar and bass require some getting used to. Guitarist John McGeoch should put down the saxophone. I’m not sure why at the outset I wanted to find this album ‘good’, but only ended up with a rating of ‘fair’. 2/5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Now here's a fucking album. So ahead of its time.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Really enjoyed this

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Mon May 24 2021
5

There's a reason that I usually give albums more than one listen, and Real Life is a great example. I found the first listen irritating and boring, but the second listen has made me love this record. The instrumentation is wonderful on almost all of the tracks, and it sets quite the tone for post-punk. I especially love the Bowie-like vocals on track 5. I can see myself coming back to this album just as much as I come back to Unknown Pleasures. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9 (not including 2007 release with bonus tracks).

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Sun May 16 2021
5

😎

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Gonna have to listen to this one again and again. Had heard the single, but now I want to own the whole album

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

cool

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

like XTC

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

Post-punk and I have an uneasy relationship, so I wasn’t terribly excited at this prospect. Boy was I mistaken! By my third listen I was hooked, and by now I’ve listened to this at least 5 times in a 24 hour period. These are fantastically catchy songs with witty lyrics and some incredible musicianship! Magazine is willing to play some lush piano only to transition to carnival-style synth music. I am digging this! Theres sort of a punk-new-wave-beach vibe going on, but then there are little touches of all kinds of other fun sounds. And at times I just stopped to marvel at the drummer. This is one of my favorite musical discoveries this year!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Yes please. Love the Barry Adamson/Nick Cave/Dave Graney/Siouxsie and the Banshees thread that this has formed for me. Post punk has become one of my favourite genres and this all makes a lot of sense as part of the genesis of that whole scene. Post punk is the most intriguing genre in terms of its timelessness. This could have easily been released in 2022 and been very successful (with maybe some slightly less Buzzcocks vocal stylings). Very subtle and very not tacky pre 80s synthesisers which for me is a rarity. Solid amount of shred too.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

7.5/10 F.t.: shot by both sides

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

Weird, post-punk, art rock, almost new wave record. Pretty heavy use of synth, eccentric vocals. This might take another listen. Supposedly super groundbreaking, and it’s pretty cool and out there, but it’s not grabbing me on listen #1. Some Bowie influence here and there. Very vibrant and frenetic

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

pretty good

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

its good but why

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Showing that you can know more than 3 chords and still do punk music. Hard to believe that the post-punk movement started just a year or two after punk broke out.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I will listen to this again. Except that one song. You know which one...

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

v good punk album

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Genressä lukee post-punkia ja sellaiselta tämä kuulostaakin. Lauluääni on kuin suoraan punkista, mutta soitto on moninverroin monimutkaisempaa ja seesteisempää. Levyä kuunnellessa on ristiriitaisia tunteita, onko tämä hyvää vai ei? Ehkä kallistun hyvän puolelle. Ei tässä mitään bangereita ole, mutta mukavaa tunnelmaa.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

I like it. It's something different.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

I liked it, quite like Lloyd Cole but rockier. Except for the Goldfinger cover. Shudder.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

An album that gets more odd and beautiful as it breathes over time. I want to spend more time with it before I have other words, but it rocks and I’m really glad I discovered it.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

ahead of its time a lot like the clash

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Nice! My kind of Punk Rock! I can see myself listening to this one again.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Really enjoyed this despite not knowing the band at all

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

-I'm always a fan of rock+synth+other instruments -Great basslines throughout the whole album -"Recoil" is a great jam -"The Great Beautician In The Sky" has a cool circus-motif and a groovin' bassline -Cool like saxophone or something in "My Mind Ain't So open" -Solid album, I'll definitely be listening again

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Det här var rätt gött alltså

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Great stuff 4 stars

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Cool artwork, even cooler arrangements and songwriting. Don't love the vocals though. I feel like this album would reward some repeated listens.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Ooh, proggy! This is not your average post-punk, and that made it a really interesting listen for me. Also, was pleasantly surprised to find the source of "The Light Pours Out of Me", which I was familiar with from Ministry's cover... Fave track - love the rising hysteria of "Shot By Both Sides"!

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

This is great - weird and catchy, inventive and substantial without being self important.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Really good post-punk. Artsy Buzzcocks. 8/10 1. Motorcade 2. Shot by Both Sides 3. Parade

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I really liked this one. I think every song took me on a little bit of a journey, which I appreciated. Didn't hurt that the musical style / vocals / lyrics are something I'd typically enjoy.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Post-Punk

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Hot Damn. I never heard this group before. I thought Television was the preeminent Post-Punk band, I'll need to check out more from them. 4.5/5

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

A dramatic post-punk album that is especially unique and adventurous. The sound if deeply layered and the dynamism apparent from the opening track. The keyboard play alternates between fickle and volatile, never upstaging the central part of the albums sound: the singer. The lyrics are elaborate and the vocals are only enhanced by the band. This album has sound I would assume many haven't heard before and the interplay and energy presented is a thing to experience. Favorite tracks: Definitive Gaze, Shot by Both Sides, Motorcade, The Great Beautician in the Sky, The Light Pours Out of Me

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Loved this - amazed I'd never heard of it before.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Fun alt "mod" rock album. Not the most gripping stuff ever, but at least enjoyable all the way through

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Way better sound than some of the other recent recs...love this type of punk sound as a switch-up to what I'm used to

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

This is weird and fun. And what a change from the Buzzcocks for the singer (read that on Wikipedia). Definitely coming back for another listen. Lots of noise. Lots of pop melodies. But all backed with what feel like live takes in the studio (less synthetic than other similar bands from the same era). I'd put this up there with anything the Talking Heads did, and I don't say that lightly. What's not to love? Four stars because 3.5 isn't possible.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

A competent post-punk addition by Magazine, that incorporates catchy hooks and modest production. For a 1978 record, the arrangements can be considered quite influential for punk bands today but not quite musically moving depth-wise. Hasty and nimble bars make for a thrilling record overall.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

I really enjoyed this

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Great album, and a landmark of the post-punk genre.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

I know Magazine from a few albums that I have from my 80s listening. Resl Life was not one that I owned, however I am familiar with a few if the songs from the live album; Play, which got a lot of....play back when in the day. Anyway the album is very good, better than both studio albums that I already have in my collection; Magic, Murder and the Weather and The Correct Use of Soap. Best songs Definitive Gaze, Shot by Both Sides, Motorcade, and The Light Pours Out of Me. 4 🌟

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Right up my alley. I feel like I probably should have heard "Shot By Both Sides" before, but I don't recognize it.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Never heard of these guys but really enjoyed this album.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

It's post punk, but with a very clear dash of something else. It was pretty fucking solid.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

More post-punk that I like. A bit uneven, some real misses. Favorites were Burst and Motorcade

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Starts off real strong. Starts to lose me toward the end but maybe i'll come to love that in time.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Umslagið er ljótt. Söngurinn er talandi og óeftirminnilegur. En tónlistin sjálf er fjölbreytt, flott og skemmtileg. Á mörkum þrists og fjarska. Gæti hlustað aftur.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Back when I lived in Ottawa, b4 I became a DJ I would tape late night CKCU FM and be thrilled when I got gems from the likes of Magazine, Teardrop Explodes or The Fall. If someone asked what I thought of those bands, I'd give them a thumbs up, based on the 2 songs I knew. On this LP, the more punk-oriented singles are respectable (and sound a bit like the Buzzcocks) and I love Howard Devoto's delivery. As the album plays on it gets more interesting and the music becomes more timeless, with songs like Motorcade/Parade and The Light Pours Out of Me.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

The keyboards on Definitive Gaze remind me of Tony Banks playing around that time. This band plays well together

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Mélodicamente pasable. Con reminiscencias de los 80 con algo más de guitarreo. No los conocía y me han gustado.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

This was fine, nothing hooked me but it was listenable

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Fri May 27 2022
4

2/3 punk and 1/3 post punk

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Excellent noisy post-punk.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Great album, never heard it before, looking forward to listening to it more.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Čak mogu reći da je album dost esencijalan za post-punk scenu, iako sam ga "kasno" otkrio, nea veze. Pola albuma rastura, to je sigurno.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

I previewed a couple of songs before going to bed last night. I wasn't overly impressed and expected to be kind of bored with the rest of the album today. When I started the album again this afternoon, it was much more appealing to me...kinda catchy!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

There's some very 80s-sounding quirkiness, but these guys can really jam. The first 30 seconds were a bit offputting and I was getting ready to not like this. That quickly changed when I realized this isn't a New Wave synth album, they do seem to have some synth effects but it's a lot of great guitar riffs and driving melodies. Singer sounds halfway between Bowie and the lead singer from Blur, that took on a more heavy rock band. Overall good album, grew on me fast and kept it going pretty much to the end.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Real wife? Huga!

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Not as crazy about this album as many are but it doubtlessly has many great moments. ”Shot By Both Sides” is also just a banger

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Babger

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Una altra mostra de la màgia creativa que va aflorar durant uns anys que no tenen comparació a la història de la música pop. 'Real Life' és un fill de la seva època, i un disc que acaba enganxat amb les escoltes. No és fàcil, però un cop et fas amb ell, entens que s'hagi convertit en un dels grans clàssics de culte del génere

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

really fucking good post-punk

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

This is pretty interesting…. The quirky side to the buzzcocks melody. I like it!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

This album starts out really strong. It's a postpunk album with some electronic elements that were very surprising given when it was made. The album tends overall to get less interesting as it goes, which is a bit of a disappointment. It feels a bit like they started to run out of ideas. It's a bit of a bummer, but this album is worth it just for the first half 4/5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

First listen. I’ve never heard of the band before, not too bad.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

I really like when I find something new to me that’s good, this is why I enjoy keeping up with this challenge. Solid punk that’s pretty well paced! Would definitely listen again. B

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

I didn't know this one, but I liked it. It got a little over-long near the end and same-y, but there's plenty to like here. Reminded me of something like Wire. 4/5

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Interesting punk album! Worth a few more listens

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

I had never heard this album before. I was aware of many of the songs through their live album; Play which I think is underrated. Difinitive Gaze, Shot By Both Sides, Recoil and The Light Pours Out of Me are all great tunes. Howard Devoto's voice is an acquired taste, but to me it fits his songs beautifully and for me its always about the song not about the individual elements, including the vocals. Its a very good album; the best studio album I've heard from Magazine. 4 stars

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

I love New Wave. Some interesting sounds here. Synth, energy and passion.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

Up there with Wire as far as post punk pioneers go. I enjoy everything about their sound.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

the Wikipedia link is not correct, it brings you to The Real Life by Bread of Stone

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

It was fine, nothing stuck out to me.

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Tue Oct 06 2020
3

1978. Key Songs: Definitive Gaze, Shot By Both Sides

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Thu Dec 03 2020
3

Wonderful mix of genres, especially those important to British post-punk as I understand it. Leans to the new-wave side as opposed to the skronky, but contains plenty of sax. The arcs of individual songs and the entire album are both satisfying, and there's a lot of interesting composition.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Enjoyed this album, but I couldn't listen to it all day, that would be to much

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

good punk rock album. would listen again.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Very nice!

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Weird album but I kind of dig it

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

Uusi tuttavuus itselleni. Bändin soittajat ovat varsin tunnettuja nimiä ainakin uransa myöhemmiltä vaiheilta, joten odotukset oli korkeat. Vähän liian kikkailua tämä kuitenkin on omaan makuuni, vaikka äänimaailma sinänsä on ihan potentiaalinen. Laulajan ääni ärsyttää hieman liikaa. Positiivisena biisinä mieleen jäi erityisesti Shot by Both Sides. Tällaista rempseätä rokkia olisi kuunnellut mielellään enemmänkin.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Didn't like

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

I can tell it was a pioneer in the post punk world.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

Never heard of this group. This was pretty cool, a good handful of tracks that I enjoyed, but a lot of the rest of it became background noise. Still, great guitar work and good melodies. Seems like the groundwork for a lot of rock that came after it. Favorite tracks: Definitive Gaze, My Tulpa, Motorcade Album art: Looks like a Scary Stories picture with a bit more color. I like it. 3.5/5

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Not bad

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Explodes on "Motorcade". 5/10

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

A punk rock with little psychedelic touch, good but did not stand out for me

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

"You always collect your fists When my shadow falls upon your hands You're just giving body heat away But they say you're a nice enough young man" (My Tylpa) ""Why are you so edgy, kid?" Asks the man with the voice" (Shot by both sides) "Sometimes I forget that we're supposed to be in love Sometimes I forget my position" (Parade) Me gustan bastante las letras de este disco, pero se me hace un poco cuesta arriba la música. Too much progresivos para mí.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

First and last couple of tracks were a bit meh but middle section was bangers!

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Was alright, only a couple of tracks stuck with me

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Sonido pptente, no está mal

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Tue May 25 2021
3

I already have this, but it clearly didn't make a memorable impression on me... It's pretty good though. Post-punk of the kind of slow-burning new-wavey variety. There's strong elements of "punk proper" still here, but also traces of what would become gothic rock, and some vocals & lyrics that foreshadow industrial/neofolk. It's never going to be in my top 10 post-punk records, but still glad I re-listened to it. 3.5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

This was a first time listen to a band I do not know. There were some elements that reminded me of other stuff I've listened to, but I can't quite pin down what it is. Another album where I don't have enough context to know why it's on this list. On fist listen, the music was fine (3 stars).

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Pretty good, some of them were a little funny to hear. Overall 3/5

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Thu May 13 2021
3

A little odd but I liked it. Rock and roll but kind of halloweeny

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Alright album. Probably wouldn’t listen again

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Pretty good. Reminded me of bands like the Sex Pistols and Ramones.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Kind of sounds like a punk version of Bowie. Not bad.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Didn't love every song, but it was a good energy boost

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

Liked the intro to the album most. Didn't love the singer's performance / lyrics. Decent album. The review of the album hurt my impression of the music interestingly. The writer touted it as a near-genius level album and I just cannot give it the same credit. It's alright.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

This was good. I had never heard of this band before. I've heard a lot of bands referred to as "post-punk" and I've never been sure what that means, but this comes closest to making sense as being that genre. It has some remnants of punk but a lot more going on. 3.5 stars.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

I really wanted to love it after reading some of the reviews; but I didn't. It just didn't take. 2.6

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: My tulpa, Parade

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Pretty groovy. His vocals remind me of Of Montreal. I think I could bob to this again.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

British rock punk hear influences of bowie and beatles

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

I’m not the biggest fan of punk. This was not my favorite album, but it was listenable.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Okay jeg er bare ikke vild med punk-rock. Stemmen er irriterende og mixet lyder underligt. Jeg kan godt høre de gode rytmer og melodier men er ikke vild med hele albummet som sådan.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

I love the punch of this album but it tails off around Motorcade

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

Bit of Bowie, Joy Division, and Television influences coming through here. Just ok.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

As far as art rock goes: enjoyed more than Roxy Music, not as much as Sparks.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Interesting post punk album. P-good at first listen but no song really stood out. Perhaps could use a second listen, but didn’t have time today. 3

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

No stand-outs

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

The best of this album IMO: - Parade This album did nothing for me except for Parade, which sounds quite different from the rest of the album. 2.7/5

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

better than the virgin suicides for sure

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Buzzcocks without the teeth. Best track: Shot by Both Sides

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

I had never heard of this band before this. Definitely a classic post-punk sound.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

On closer inspection, they were one of the bands that ushered in the post-punk era. It has punk, new wave and rock elements, it's mediocre. (5/10) FT: Shot by Both Sides, The Light Pours out of Me

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

I enjoyed it alright at the time, but not enough to actually go back to it. Good punk for sure, though.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Enjoyed

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

The album is alright. Interesting cover of Goldfinger.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Unusual in it'd time and space

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

This was ok, some good some I sorted of forgot I was listening to anything as I’d lost interest in. Not a classic for me

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Pretty fun. Not sure if I'll listen again.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Perfectly average. Nothing special, nothing bad just pure middle of the road music.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Shot By Both Sides plus some fairly generic songs.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

I suspect Magazine are another one of those bands where a well-chosen best-of is all you really need as such, but still interesting to hear them at proper album-length.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Interesting stuff

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Back in the day, local Toronto radio station had the Punk band the Buzzcocks on heavy rotation. But punk fizzled pretty quickly and it was time for something new so bandleader Howard Devoto left and formed the Post-Punk band, Magazine. This album bridges the gap between punk and new-wave nicely with a liberal dose of synths, keyboards, and guys who could actually play their instruments. Since this was their debut their sound wasn't fully fleshed out yet but they still had some good ideas, IMO The Light Pours out of me is the strongest song on the album and should have been released as the single. The rest of the album is pretty decent, but I'm really looking forward to their latter albums which feature their best music, eg Song from under the floorboards and About the weather.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Bit weird for me. Some good instrumentals though

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Was good but lacked a little umph

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I was hyped when I saw this come up but I think I like a bit less punk in my post-punk. Still a good listen

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

Promedio. Nomas para saber

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Good but nothing made me want to listen a second time.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

not too interesting

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

This had an interesting vibe. Can hear the Buzzcocks energy.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

7/1/2022 - ALBUM #155 Today's Album: "Real Life" by Magazine - The Spotify page for this album says the album came out in 2007, when in actuality it was only remastered in that year and the publisher didn't bother to change the date to the actual release date of 1978. Before I knew this, however, I thought this sounded like an actually somewhat decent 80s punk tribute band incorporating new-wave sounds into their overall aesthetic. However, once you know this album came out in the late 70s, it becomes clear how ahead of it's time some of these tracks are. The highlights here all demonstrate some of the incredible synth work that pushes this album above other punk outfits of the time just in terms of its raw sonic power. I think the problem I have with this album is not only that the vocals sort of stink, which they do even for a punk album, but it's actually how the instrumentals sort of degrade over time. There are a lot of moments in the beginning of this album where I really felt like I could look past the vocals like I do with most punk albums and enjoy the instrumentals because they were pretty solid, but by the time we get down the track list to songs like The Great Beautician In The Sky and even the closing track Parade, the instrumentals just feel really cheap and not really well thought through, which is brought down by the fact that the already pretty awful vocals are getting worse at this point as well. It really just feels like a case of a really front loaded album due to poor pacing and planning on the band's part. I really enjoy a lot of the aesthetic and sonic choices in the beginning of this album, but even the more straightforward tracks near the end just pale in comparison. Overall, this is a pretty ahead of it's time and ambitious punk rock album to come out of the 70s, but it just sort of runs out of steam by the half way point and has a hard time covering up it's technical flaws with it's aesthetic. Give this a listen if you like punk and new wave and want to hear an early example of a band trying to combine the two. Highlights: Definitive Gaze, Shot By Both Sides, Motorcade, Score: 6.5/10 An ahead of it's time punk project that gets worse as it goes on

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Dobar mi je bio al mi nije ostala nijedna pjesma u uhu

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

Another just ok from me. Some fun pop synth sounds mixed with punk drum fills but nothing much that grabbed me.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

I liked the ahead-of-its-time sound of this album. There are definitely interesting things going on. I like the synthesizer in "Definitive Gaze," which was a great start to things. "Recoil" feels really punk. The carnival feel of "The Great Beautician in the Sky" clashes with the slurring vocals. And I very much love their take on "Goldfinger." It did go on a bit and I didn't always love the lead vocal, but overall it was good stuff.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

Un bon album, pas trop punk, un peu de pop. je n'ai pas détesté l'écoute. Cependant, ces albums ne me reste pas en tête et j'ai de la misère à faire un vrai critique lorsque j'ai terminé. C'est un peu vide de nouveauté comme beaucoup d'album sur cette liste et je crois que l'époque et le contexte de l'écoute est très important pour justfier leur place sur cette liste. 3.5

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Decent album, glad I listened but not sure it will make my regular rotation.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Another album that's okay, but is not special in any way. You can hear the album is heavily influences by the punk scene from Sex Pistols onwards, but the sound is more modernised, it falls at time into 'pop' shelf. In general, just a little bit before it's times. The aforementioned sound has vocals, that actually bring Sex Pistols back alive. In my opinion, same ton of voice, similar way of singing. Not really my cup of tea. Guitar work is more interesting, there is couple small gems on the album, brave solos, amusing riffs. Problem is that now, day after listening to the album, I'm not able to name any specific song. They meshed into one, rather average record and this is how I'm going to rate it.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

What the hell is going on with the vocals? I fucking hate this album cover as well. I actually like the music but the vocals ruin it for me. Tempo change in motorcade is cool. I want to hate this more than I do.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Gaudy, Portlandia skit level absurd but somehow still found a nitche inside my head Catchy at some points Good sound quality

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

All new to me -- this band and their music -- and I enjoyed listening to this album. For a 1978 album, it sounds in some ways ahead of its time. I like how my ear sometimes hears the music as punk-flavored, more poppy, kind of rock-ish, at times even 60s garage-band-esque, a little hint of what was to come (New Wave/post-punk), and so on. Shows their creativity and range, at least to my ear. Some real energetic numbers on this album. Bet they were a lot of fun live.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Good album, I enjoyed it.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

i want to love it because of the singularity and ambition but they fuck it up with a lack of great tunes and too much irony

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

I wanted to like this. I like post-punk and I like what was going on with music in general in the late 70s, but this album just didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t dislike it but I wasn’t particularly into it, either.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Surprisingly decent Post-Punk album with a few nice songs, overall though too little to get more than 3 stars

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Forgettable album of music already included in the first edition of the book.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

IDK, it's fine, I guess? Sounds a lot like what it is which is a watered-down version of Buzzcocks. Not much here, TBH.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

pretty good Brit rock sound.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

First part is a banger and the rest feels like it’s trying very hard to be

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Definitive Gaze: if they let Gerard Way into Mario Kart My Tulpa: ska-esque Shot By Both Sides: neowestern cyberhorse chase Recoil: i dont have anything to say about this really - it justs sounds like a typical "rocky and roley" song Burst: very eighties movie opening credits Motorcade: fun song, i'm really losing steam here The Great Beautician In The Sky: clown carnival came through the boys' boarding school The Light Pours Out of Me: *gemma collins voice* this. is. serious . . . stuff. Parade: clown carnival . . . in hell! Shot by Both Sides (alternative version): crickets.. My Mind Ain't So Open: guys can you quiet down a bit pls thx Touch and Go: whoa that was so george harrison for a second. then it went back to regular Goldfinger: gold named finger:

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

This album was surprising to me that it was from 2007 and not the 70s

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

3.7 - A solid post-punk new wave sound with tinges of glam. Slinky guitar work and interesting synths. Songs tend to ramble especially in the middle. Standouts: “Shot By Both Sides”, “Burst”,

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

I actually decently enjoyed the big single and some of the other songs, they’re just so muddy and long. 6/10

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

5/10. This was, perhaps, the most typical album of this list on this list. Decent British rock music with mildly interesting lyrics, a self-indulgent length, and a whiff of circus music.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

it was ok

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Ok

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Not the worst punk I've ever heard 2 Might be the best punk actually 3 Ok maybe the best

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Some weird post punk stuff

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Thu Dec 31 2020
2

Bit dull

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Taas kerran ihmeteltävä mitä tekee listalla. Laulaja oli kännissä? Kuuntelin läpi kuitenkin.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Ei jäänyt mieleen...

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

More like a 2.5. Not my thing but not bad!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Was on the fence initially but really started getting into it at the end

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Electro-space? Cool beat and backing instruments, weirdly out of tune vocals Kind of generic rock, not very inspiring

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

wouldn't chose to listen to again, and has high potential for being skipped if it came on randomly

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

wasn't a huge fan of this either. Better than the last album, the music itself was alright but could not stand the vocals.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Reminds me of the Ramones. Not really my type of music, but there were a few that I enjoyed. 0RS

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Gave it one listen. Didn't stand out much, and didn't sound like 2007. Sounded. More 80s. Kinda cool though.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Enjoyed a few songs, but a few too many strayed into cartoonish vibes that I was not digging.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Punkzera pao com ovo

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Was ok - didn’t give it much time tbf

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Was a 3 until Goldfinger.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Like it’s musical style but really not my cup of tea.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

Post-punk emo that you really have to be in the mood to listen to.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

was pretty good, I didn't really like the vocals too much though.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

Relatively uninspired brit punk.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Didnt like the vocals, instrumentals were alright

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Eh

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

Interesting mix of pop, punk, electro with some sax and other random stuff thrown in. Some funny rhymes and cool production but that sneering/whiny British accent gets old after a while. The Goldfinger cover at the end was cool.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Thoroughly enjoyed the album, wouldn't listen again tho.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

It was unenjoyable, but not unlistenable. The saxophone is a really weird touch to the songs which have a punk feel to them. In my opinion it does not fit. Favorite track: Definitive Gaze

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Peaked on first song LOL

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Sat Jul 24 2021
2

I've got to give credit to Howard Devoto for quickly coming to grips with the limitations of punk rock, and also for having the taste to be inspired by the best of glam and art rock, but he and the rest of the group aren't up to the task of infusing art rock with the energy of punk. The songs and the arrangements don't begin to approach the creativity, taste, and subtlety of their inspirational sources. Dave Formula's keyboard textures are horrible more often than not. And vocally, trying to pull off this sort of material invites unflattering comparisons to Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Bryan Ferry--any of these guys had more talent in their pinky on any given day than Devoto would have in his entire body in a lifetime. This kind of thing had already been done a million times better within the previous five years. It takes a special kind of chutzpah to try to pull this off. That said, Real Life isn't putrid, it's just boring and mediocre.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Pretty cool rock record, but not many songs stuck with me.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

Another album I haven't heard of and did nothing for me

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

boring mediocre post-punk

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

This Brit-punk album had some decent elements of fast paced guitar rhythms and various stylings. It has elements that remind me of Bowie. The lyrics are pretty typical artsy punk. The album is pretty average for what it provides but it’s not too bad yet it doesn’t excel in its genre. 4.5/10

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

4/10

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Not bad. I like the mix of weird psychedelic rock with synthesizers and stuff as long as there are also "real" instruments. I feel like I should rate this higher than I'm going to, but there's just been so much of this genre on the list already.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Well didn't think much of this and found some of it highly irritating. Some were ok.. the beautician one though. God. Get it off

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

I don't really love or hate Magazine. It's not the worst example of this kind of music which I don't generally get on with. I don't enjoy this style of talk/singing and it kind of makes me feel sad a lot of times. This album did not make me feel sad but it was kind of meh. Not offensive but it doesn't really excite me. I can see why it's on this list as the first ever post-punk band. However, I just found out the main guy who set up the band had left in the eighties so hopefully one of their earlier albums is on the list too otherwise this seems wrong to me. Although I can appreciate what they were doing with this, it's not my bag.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

2/5 naaah

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

Sehr unterhaltsame Bastard Mischung aus Ska-Synth-Pop-Punk. Allein der Einstieg ins ‚Real Life‘ ist das Album schon wert. Quirlig geht’s weiter, die schnodderigen artsy Sounds (Roxy Music) und Energie machen Spaß, bleiben aber in ziemlich ordinären Songwriting beschränkt. 2.4

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