This is the best “we-should-be-on-the-soundtrack-of-a-mid/late-‘90s-Generation-X-film” band I’ve ever heard. Replete with catchy hooks, danceable technofied beats and lacking absolutely any integrity whatsoever (even the dudes in the band’s names are boring-Chris, Adam, Michael, and Andy), Magnified should hook up with whoever is directing the sequel to “Empire Records” and write themselves the ticket to Hollywood, if they haven’t already.
The band has got the killer song title thing down, as evidenced by the handsomely and originally monikered, “Someone,” “Monday,” “Valentine,” and “So Strange.” And you can’t forget the obligatory ‘80s cover either, in this case “Is She Really Going Out With Him,” done with enough ‘90s flare to classify it as “ironic.” Hey, as long as they’re attractive and wear fitting leather coats, anything should be in order, and I have no doubt in my mind that is the case.
Bordering on self-parody, this is not the type of music that you can really listen to seriously. Unless you can really picture yourself in that morale-boosting musical sequence in every teen film, the one where the gang bands together to overcome their obstacles and usually refurbish a neglected record store, boat, or community center, then you won’t find yourself singing these tunes in your bedroom in your underwear, playing air guitar (unless, of course, that is what the script calls for).
Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/magnified-stand/