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2 stars Stayin' Alive

I have always thought that Magnum could have been a better and more respected band had they had more success in their early years. Their debut album was recorded in 1976, but was held back by the record company until 1978. As we all know, the latter part of the 70's was a time of radical changes in musical trends and I'm sure Kingdom Of Madness would have been better received that it was had it been released in 1976. Magnum's progressive Pomp-Rock had probably fitted better into the first half of the 70's than its second half.

Anyway, despite not having recorded for several years, this second album feels rushed. The unimaginative title and art work are all too appropriate. The material itself is decidedly weaker than that of the debut album. Not surprisingly, this album failed to make any impression and the momentum was somehow lost. Magnum would later achieve greater success, but maybe they never fully recovered from how the 70's treated them?

Magnum II is definitely the weakest of Magnum's early albums. It is something of a transitional album between the 70's and the 80's.

Recommended primarily for fans. Make sure you get both Kingdom Of Madness and Chase The Dragon before this one.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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