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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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3.04

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Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk

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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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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 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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Wed Feb 15 2023
5

I think it's safe to say that, had Howard Devoto decided not to leave The Buzzcocks and stayed put, post-punk most likely would have never existed. Featuring Devoto's expressive talk-singing, the spiky angular guitar of the incomparable John McGeogh, the equally incomparable bass masterwork of Barry Adamson and the drum/keyboard combinations of the awesomely named Dave Formula and Martin Jackson, the aptly titled Real Life draws from the very blueprint lain out for other aspiring bands to follow that looked to equal or better what was in front of them, with songs that burst (no pun intended) through with it's spiraling five plus minute lengths (verboten in the punk world) and a sense of structure that left no room for snarl and spit. A great, often overlooked, debut that signaled the beginning of startling developments in late 70s Britain and it wouldn't have been possible without the talents of Magazine.

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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 Jan 29 2021
5

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

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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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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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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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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

Excellent, loved the buzzcocks, so this was a really enjoyable listen.

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

A punk masterclass! Brilliant album from start to finish that dared to break out of the mire that punk had become.

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Sun Mar 19 2023
5

Music was really moving at the speed of light in the UK in the late seventies. Released June 1978 only 9 months after Never Mind... and it sounds like punk is already in the rear view mirror. Sharp Shot (a legacy track from the Devoto/Shelley Buzzcocks) is both the best track and untypical of the rest of the album in its guitar thrash. Elsewhere it's jagged rhythms, Barry Adamson's moody bass, keyboards and shining through the first sighting of John Mcgeogh's luminous guitar work. An amazing album, and great though the other three Magazine albums are (until the first split) they would not recapture the consistency and quality of songwriting on here.

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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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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 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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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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Fri Apr 26 2024
4

wow, knew the occasional Magazine song (and Barry Adamson's solo stuff) but never got round to an actual album before. Ticks all the boxes while also sounding fresh and surprising. Great stuff, will get into them ASAP

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Fri Apr 26 2024
4

Post-punk photo-supergroup in pulverising prog-pop blast debut shock. Heard five of these on the best-of compilation I own, which is testament to its strength. The heroic guitars, the synth stepping between futuristic whoosh and a Kraftwerk-adjacent classical European sensibility, and the rousing, declarative vocals of Devoto are an immensely stirring combination. The Light Pours Out Of Me is a permanent member of my get-pumped song stash. I was introduced to this by a dear former boss referencing a single, and being surprised that I did not get the reference. Thanks, Noel! Glad we’re not being shot from both sides any more!

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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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Sun Sep 11 2022
2

Sounding like b52s with some more space and more English punk sound and of course there’s a certain way I feel about English punk

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

Voe vittu.. muutama kappale kuunneltuna ja tuntuu vitoselta.. Mutta miksi? Mikä saa minut antamaan vitosen? Mikä saa minut edes käyttämään albumiarvosteluboksin, eli tämän tekstikentän täyteen oman arvosanani selittelyä, julistuksia siitä mitä annan albumille? Oma saamattomuuteni albumin arvostelijana. Eli työn palkattomuus. Hauskuutan itseäni numeroilla, minulla ei ole mitään muuta elämässäni kuin vain nämä numerot, ne ovat tärkeitä minulle. Muistan nämä numerot, ja ne ovat tärkeitä minulle, pidän niitä lähelläni, ne ovat aktiivisen työn takana, sillä muisti ei ole mitään kovalevy tilaa, jota ei tarvitse kirjoittaa kirjoittamisen jälkeen, siitä on pidettävä kiinni. Muisti on aktiivista, ja se kuluttaa paljon energiaa, se on jatkuva prosessi. Mutta nämä numerot ovat minulle tärkeitä. Mitä ne numerot tarkoittavat, en tiedä. Keskiarvo pitää vain pysyä pitkällä tähtäimellä, ja nyt sen pitää pudota mutta pitkällä tähtäimellä supeta, supeta kolmepistenollanollaan, vaikka numerot eivät normaalijakaumaa toteutakkaan. Ja tärkeä asia: Jokaisen albumin numero on muistettava ja se on suhteutettava ja harmiteltava on myös, jos olisi sattunut käymään poikkeama objektiivisuudesta, huh onneksi niin ei ole käynyt.. heh.. näenhän maailman totena ja oikeana, havaintoni eivät tiedosta subjektiivisyyttä... ne ovat.. havaintoja.. Onko art rock anomalia joka saa minut väläyttämään vitoskorttia? - Noh, vastasin minä. Onhan taide suhteellista, ja poikkeavat työt voivat poiketa huonoonkin suuntaan, jatkoin. Mutta tänne valitut työt ovat "parasta A ryhmää" niinkuin kummelissakin sanotaan, vaikkei tässä 1001 albumi kontekstissa sanotakkaan. Eh, nyt menee kiusalliseksi, Onko kaikki art rockilla leimatut albumit tuomittu tippumaan summary osioon komeilemaan? Eih vastasin, kun päätin että jos tässä ei olla pysytty 70 luvulla, vaan vaikkapa 80 luvulla, saa albumi 4:sen. Sitten kuuntelin, ja sanoin yhtä uhmakkaasti: Jos Ei PERKELE Tälläistä Ole Saatu Aikaan 80- Luvulla, Vaan 90 lukuun on tämän tekeminen jäänyt artisteille taakaksi, on se häpeä, ja albumi saa minun kirjoissani, numeroissani, niitä joita muistelen, noh albumi saisi vain 3 tähteä.. heh.. Tämä siksi että se tekisi hyvää numeroille. Ennen tuomioita ja säätämääni lakia arvostelulle, muistin kuitenkin että albumi olisi vuodelta 1978, joten oikeudenkäynti oli corrupt, eli suomeksi korrupti. (heh tiesin et 70 luku albumi heh) Musiiikista voi sanoa sen, että todella hankala sijoittaa mihinkään aikakauteen, tämähän on hyvä asia. Oikeastaan se jää yhden lempi artistini, Jarren jutuissa vaivaamaan. Hän uurasti hyvin paljon. Painava taakka vetänä.. Obelix konsanaan.. Hyvä muistaa keneltä Roger Waters kysyi nimmaria ihmisoikeusjuttuunsa.. Jarre! Jarre!... Turkkilainen tomittaja vankilassa keissi..Jarre antoi.. Jarre onnistunut tekemään musiikkia joka saa jotkut ihmiset sanomaan, että musiikki kuullostaa siltä, kuin se olisi tehty tulevaisuudessa.. hauskaahan tämä on objektivistin silmissä. Verrattuna Jarreen tämä oikeasti hämää vaikka heh.. satuin tietämään aikakauden vahingossa.. MUTTA SANA KÄY, TOTUUS SOI SUUSTA, EI EHKÄ YHTÄ SEKAVASTI, sekavasti kuin tämä albumi soi mutta, olenhan oikeuden säilö. Numerot ovat totuus, ja objektia, eli objektiivisuus tässä ja nyt, aina ja ikuisesti. Aamen.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

A milestone for post-punk, with an adventurous spirit that goes way beyond the punk/"new wave" template of those times. The song topics, the melodies, the arrangements... Everything is terrific here. Some parts of those tunes are a little off-kilter, of course, but that's unavailable when you go wild like that. And most of them are instantly memorable anyway, as weird as they are. If only for "Shot By Both Sides" and its soaring guitar hook or "Definitive Gaze" and its bizarre synth line, along with "Motorcade" and the epic anthem "The Light Pours Out Of Me", this record deserves to be on this list. A quick aside: some key Radiohead members have repeatedly stated how this band had been a pivotal one for their musical upbringing. And if you delve a little into certain details, you can quickly understand why... *Magazine* was one of the very first productions by John Leckie, by the way. Yep, the same guy who would aptly produce *The Bends* later. It's always fun to point out connections between the albums in this list, is it not? Number of albums left to review: 652 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 175 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 83 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 96

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Tue May 02 2023
5

My first impression of this album is that it predicts early 2000s British alternative rock. It incorporates electronic elements, garage rock influences, and surf rock elements to create dark theatrical music. The guitar work is very melodic, but the album also showcases a sparseness and bleakness that sounds like Joy Division like at times. Other moments sound almost like circus music. The use of mirroring the vocal melody in the instrumentation also stood out to me.

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Mon May 29 2023
5

Great. Love "Shot by Both Sides." Definitely feel that nihilism and how it rubbed off on bands such as the Manic Street Preachers and Mansun.

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Wed May 31 2023
5

One of my favorite albums from one of my favorite genres. You love to see it. Only 9 songs and 40 minutes and no dull moment to be found. "Definitive Gaze", "Motorcade", "Parade", and of course "Shot By Both Sides" and "The Light Pours Out Of Me". It makes me want to clap my feet together like a baby. Nutbuster Ultimate. The better proggy post-punk 70s album between this and Marquee Moon, although I owe Marquee Moon an apology for giving it a 2/5 and calling it "generic" - I was a stupid ass.

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Thu Jun 22 2023
5

I was completely unfamiliar with Magazine, so I went into this one blind. This is weird, cool, highly catchy and an absolute post punk weapon. The speed and aggression of Recoil, the spooky circus motifs of The Great Beautician In The Sky, the general implementation of synthesizers throughout, it sure had enough variety to keep me listening the whole way through. Definitely among my favourite post-punk records I've heard so far. Favourite: Recoil

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

Yes. Banging. Interesting. The light pours out of me.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

Finally, some GOOD post punk. This was like Marquee Moon's younger brother.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
5

really glad I went into this with no knowledge this was so much fun, awesome blend of punk, new wave, and just that general wacky shit associated with talking heads etc. really enjoyable

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Sun Aug 20 2023
5

New-wavey post-punk goodness

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

I've never heard of Magazine before, but this album was fantastic. The instrumentation was kooky and strange, and while it reminded me of Siouxsie and The Banshees, it was still distinctly unique in its sound. I can definitely see how this album is seen as the first in the post punk genre, but I loved how there were still some elements of punk music present, especially the 'sneering vocals' that were present on a few songs. I loved the guitar playing, and the keyboards were fantastic as well. This is an album that will definitely make its way into my regular rotation.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
5

Post-punk doesn't get better than this

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Wed Sep 20 2023
5

absolutely insane, seems like it influenced everything I love, the energy and riffs fit so perfectly together, the best chaos ever

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Wed Nov 22 2023
5

First impression: this is groovy. Overall, this was a fun album. I really like post-punk like this. Favorite track: The Great Beautician in the Sky, the eeriness gives me Danse Macabre vibes.

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Tue Dec 05 2023
5

One of my favourite albums all times - postpunk does not get any better than this.

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Mon Dec 11 2023
5

Initial listen: I liked it, but wasn’t blown away. In fact, on Motorcade, I was almost distracted by how it sounded like Midnight Oil (who I feel are glaringly omitted on this list). But taking into consideration the year of its release and the artists Magazine influenced—including Radiohead and The Smiths—I started to listen to the album with different ears. In fact, it predates “London Calling,” “10-1,” and “Drums and Wires.” A lot of the sounds that initially seemed derivative were actually quite the opposite: they were foundational! And given that it was founded by Howard Devoto of seminal punk group Buzzcocks, it seems quite likely that this album is responsible for Post-Punk existing at all! I gave the album a second listen, and it’s actually so well done—interesting melodic ideas, some polytonal guitar solos, creative instrumentation choices.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

As I've done this project, I've changed the bar for a 5, only giving them if I truly love the album/would relisten. But as someone who hasn't been able to grasp onto punk or the genres spanning from it, this was an incredibly good album, and is deserving of it, even if I maybe wouldn't hold it as high as other 5s

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

An incredible ride of alien-like synth, carnival-esque beliefs, and a downright whimsical yet oppressive nature to the whole album leads to an experience not found on many other big names in the post-punk genre. Its seemingly needless drive to weird out the listener than pull them in with the catchiest of hooks and breakdowns is fantastic, and its only when that purely punk side starts to shine do I lose interest ever so slightly, however that same heavy punk influence from the time in The Buzzcocks leads to an experience that feels sharper than its more dreary contemporaries, and I admire it all the more for it.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

yeah, honestly i really liked listening to this! definitely an album that's ahead of its time, being released in the 1970s but having a sound that's commonly associated with 1980s alt rock, trippy synths, drums reverberated to hell, and voices so crackly and gothic you can picture their pure black eyeshadow and lipstick. i am flat out embracing this vibe. it is a part of me.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

Love the sound, love the album. Got a post-punk style that sounds like it would fit in today. The songs all all different and interesting, with my favorite being Parade. Reminds me a lot of Television, one of my favorite finds on this app.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
5

A post-punk masterpiece. As much as I treasure every post-Devoto Buzzcocks single and LP, what he brought to the group before leaving to form Magazine is truly special. This still has plenty of hooks, but with an angular guitar-led approach that makes it a completely unique album for its time. Essential.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
5

Now we're cooking. A masterpiece of post-punk before there was a name for such a thing. Dark, artful, weird, and still catchy as hell. "Shot By Both Sides" will never not get me hyped up.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

Now this is what post-punk is all about! It has the spirit of punk and is based on many of punk's stylistic choices, such as the forward vocal style and minimalist riff and beats, but is chock full of many creative ideas, including genres that haven't even existed yet. New Wave in "My Tulpa", proto-hardcore in "Recoil", Bowie-esque glam in "Burst", gothic in "Motorcade", and what I'd describe as dark cabaret in "The Great Beautician in the Sky". Every track stood out to me. I love the foreboding mood, the atmospheric use of synths and other creative tools (such as the piano in "Parade" or sax in "My Tulpa"), and the innovative stylistic choices. Production is clean, especially for a 1978 punk record. Very consistent, with no tracks out-of-place or feeling like rehashed filler. Track order is well-chosen, with 3 very accessible opening tracks that show their range, and a suitable satisfying closer "Parade" that sums up the experience.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
5

Vaya sorpresa, me han encantado las melodías envueltas en esa vorágine sonora.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

Als ik een staart had, zou ik kwispelen. Ik kijk nog altijd uit naar de dag dat ik langs deze hoes kom in een platenbak. En dan zonder exorbitante prijssticker. Meestal als je Real Life in real-life tegenkomt maakt je hart een klein sprongetje, om daarna de moed in je schoenen te voelen zakken. Voor €75 koop ik liever iets anders, maar ooit komt er een dag dat deze mee naar huis gaat. Met Magazine hebben we echt een post-punk plaat te pakken, waar ik bij Pretenders al even aan refereerde. Dit album is rauw, donker, lekker ruig maar heeft een enorm hoog tempo. De stem van Howard Devoto is typisch Brits en soms lekker een beetje vals. Het past echt perfect voor mij bij de rest van de muziek. De muziek is niet heel melodisch en het pakt je niet met hooks en ijzersterke ritmes. Het gitaarwerk (John McGeoch) vind ik sferischer en harmonischer. Ondanks het zwarte randje speelt hij veel majeur, wat de muziek toch positief stemt. Bij Burst gaat de snelheid wat uit de plaat, maar dat is prima. Tegen die tijd hang je allang aan hun lippen en mag de plaat best een tijdje in een lagere versnelling doortouren. 9/10 Highlights Definitive Gaze Shot by Both Sides Burst

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Thu May 02 2024
5

The only problem is that I had to listen to over 600 other albums before I got to this one.

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Fri May 03 2024
5

Everything I have enjoyed about Roxy Music, Eno, Bowie, and then some. An excellent blend of the experimental and accessible, and yet their doesn't seem to be any clear "hits" to be found making it feel like a weird animal meant to be taken as a whole or in chunks. I love the keyboard/synth work, which gives some heavy prog/fusion vibes and the guitar lead lines are flat out wild. Each song has some twist or serious surprise while looking in the rear view mirror while simultaneously pointing to the future. Such a great discovery.

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Sun May 26 2024
5

Here I’m wondering why this rocks so much. Oh former by former vocalist of the buzzcocks.

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Sun Jun 09 2024
5

I feel drawn to this one. I want to listen to it at least one more time to pick up what I missed on the first pass. I'm surprised in a good way. The album goes all over the place, but it never stops being interesting and listenable. I really enjoyed this one.

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Fri Jun 28 2024
5

Never heard a single note by this band. I have been remiss in not listening to them. My daughter told me she liked the background music on the songs but not the words and she is wrong. Both the background music and the words are great. Really cool album and for every Duck Stab by the Residents there is a Real Life by Magazine and it makes this list worth it. Now I want to make a post-punk playlist so I can put Magazine in with the other bands like the Banshees and The Gun Club.

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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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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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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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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Det här var rätt gött alltså

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Didn't realize this was a remaster so was going to commend an album from 2007 for capturing that old punk sound, but it makes more sense this came out in 1978. I was immediately a fan of shot by both sides and the rest of this album solidified a very good listen. 3.5 that gets a 4 because I had a lot of fun Saved: Definitive Gaze, Shot By Both Sides*, The Great Beautician In The Sky, Touch And Go

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

Grabbed me for the first 10 seconds and didn't let go. Loved it. Don't really know why or how to describe it but it still sounds fresh all these years later. Will be going back again and checking out their other stuff too.

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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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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

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

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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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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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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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