The first few chords of opening track, “One of One,” sound almost lifted from ’80s REM. Then, Shalini’s vocals kick in, and there’s no missing the Go-Go’s comparison. Right away, you’ve learned everything to expect from Magnetic North. There’s little change of pace in its span of 17 minutes, save “Sky of Diana,” where the beat progresses the sound about 10 years to land somewhere in the mid-‘90s. But the catchiness doesn’t really wear out. There’s a reason we keep listening to albums like Murmur, and Shalini nailed that sound.
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