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Reviewed by Mike Farley
If anyone can combine electronica with banjo riffs, it’s Magnet, and he somehow
does this while placing a soaring chorus on the opening track, “Hold On.”
“Duracellia” is more of an acoustic-driven piece about staying strong whether
love stays or goes.
“The Pacemaker” is the unofficial title track and has simple yet meaningful lyrics: “Take my hand, I will follow/Only you can slow this down/Take my hand, and I will mellow/’Cos only you can hold me like a tourniquet/ and make me stay, here with you.”
“Believe” is a powerful track and the catchiest song on here - emotive, dark and uplifting all at the same time. “Fall at Your Feet” is Beatlesque in its melodic flair but also in the way Magnet uses layered harmonies and criss-crossing vocal lines. Other standouts are “Miss Her So” and “Jaws,” though there really isn’t a bad song on The Tourniquet.
With a velvety voice, Magnet already has that compelling aspect that many singer/songwriters lack. But when combined with his instrumental and electronic prowess, as well as being born with the ability to write great songs, you’ve got a total package that has probably not reached its full potential yet. The Tourniquet is dreamy, well produced, and performed with precision - and will make a fine addition to anyone’s CD collection that digs this kind of stuff.