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Family Matters

by Magic Car

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Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. The Biker's Lament
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4:16 album only
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2. Seventeen
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4:18 album only
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3. Baltimore
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3:55 album only
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4. Gold Wing Queen
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4:27 album only
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5. White Knuckle Ride
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5:36 album only
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6. Terrible Thing
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3:05 album only
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7. Dry Your Eyes
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3:10 album only
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8. Mother Nature's Lamb
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5:33 album only
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9. Cinderella # 1
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2:43 album only
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10. Small Town Saturday Night
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5:45 album only
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11. Family Matters
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6:09 album only
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12. Always So
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6:55 album only
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13. The Ballad of a Good Lawyer
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2:47 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hailing from Nottingham and led by vocalist and songwriter Phil Smeeton, Magic Car are set to follow up 2003's critically-acclaimed debut
Yellow Main Sequence with a stunning new collection of wistful Americana and sublime folk-pop melodies that echo the vast spaces of the Midwest yet remain so quintessentially English. Family Matters, set for release on October 10th through Cargo Distribution, underlines
Magic Car's place at the very summit of the UK's burgeoning Americana scene with twelve new tracks that deliver a swirling mix of gentle harmonies swathed in lush steel guitars, personalised lyrical narratives unravelling tales of growing up, love, and reflections on life's fragile emotional underbelly, all written by an artist who epitomises genuine vision, integrity, wisdom and humour.


Magic Car are fronted by Phil Smeeton, a well known and respected singer-songwriter from the midlands. Hazel Atkinson provides the feminine touch to many of these songs with a voice that exudes emotive honesty, whilst Dave Langdon, one of the UK's finest pedal steel players, gives the album much of its charisma and general mood. The core of the band is completed by bassist John Thompson who also once again occupies the production chair. Special guests include Rick Kemp (of Steeleye Span), Stevie Otter, Gareth Bailey, Jim Walker, and Ross McDouall.


When Magic Car's debut album was released it caused a real stir amongst the UK's Americana press. BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris got right behind it declaring it a "really beautiful record" whilst that station's Drivetime presenter Johnny Walker exclaimed "I do like this record." Plays on Mike Harding (Radio 2) followed rave reviews in cult websites Americana-uk.com and Comes with a Smile. Most importantly the band were chosen by Virgin to be part of a showcase for emerging UK talent held in the US, alongside Daniel Bedingfield and Turin Brakes.

Reviews : “Family Matters”

“…this really is a lovely album.” …
bob harris, bbc radio 2.

“…Phil Smeeton’s songs are even more accomplished on this album. Some fine musical ideas.”… (4/5) country music people.

“…a real find and a boon to anyone who still reveres the importance of a well-written song performed with feeling and class.” … (9/10) whisperin ‘n’ hollerin

“…this is an album that will delight, captivate and entrance anyone with a heart and soul and an ear for good music well played in a laidback manner abetted by haunting vocals.”… rambles

“…rare quality, a fine record.”… (8/10) americana UK

“…a total joy.”… the national student

“…beautifully enigmatic.”…marq’s texas music kitchen, usa

“…fine melodic songs.”…netrhythms

“…delightful…memorable melodies, but what brings them closer to greatness than most is their imagination as arrangers.”…across the tracks

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