About once a year I will come across a band that at first listen I don’t love, but I keep goiing back to, then I try to resist buying the album because I am not sure I like it, but then I just bite the bullet and get it anyway. The next thing I know I am waking up with the songs in my head although I may not have listened to it for a while. Then the love affair truly begins. This year’s album that has had that effect on me is Bad Lucky by The Magnificent.
Looking at the album cover I can’t help but be reminded of The Ramones self titled debut album. Then I am reminded of a quote from The Magnificent’s webpage that said ” If you are American, the music sounds English. If you are English, you have never heard of this band.” From there I can’t help but think that just as The Ramones’ debut introduced the world to the now legendary group, it would be nice if Bad Lucky were able to do the same type of thing for The Magnificent.
At times the last statement may seem like wishful thinking, but when I listen I start to think that maybe it is not so far fetched. Bad Lucky has everything that allows punk albums to endure for generations. Not only does it contain slick guitar driven melodies and sing along choruses, the lyrics speak to a generation that doesn’t quite know how to make it’s way in the world. All qualities which allow music to trascend time.
Now only time will tell if this particular album will be considered great 30 + years later (plus they may need to become known in their homeland first too), but if you take the time to listen, it will be something that you keep coming back to for some time to come.