Scott Schinder
September 12, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Magic City

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it an A-

The Magic City, the sophomore effort from Helium, finds the Boston trio replacing the lurching venom of its prior work with a gentler art-pop approach that meshes nicely with singer/guitarist Mary Timony’s impressionistically revealing lyrics. The austere beauty of tunes like ”Leon’s Space Song,” ”Lullaby of the Moths,” and ”Cosmic Rays” is underscored by a subtle air of menace that deepens their musical and psychological resonance. A-

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