Real Life (studio album) by Magazine

Real Life
Real Life by Magazine
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 1,374th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 186 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1978 (25th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (288th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,374th)
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 186 votes)
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07/31/2020 06:04 RasmV  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,23974/100
 
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07/28/2020 08:53 Peppa  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,96970/100
 
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07/15/2020 05:59 Loxias  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1983/100

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.2/100, a mean average of 77.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.6.

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95/100
From 02/15/2020 00:17
Glad to know I'm not the only one who consider this album as an underrated masterpiece. Howard Devoto envisioned a unique sound right in the middle of the punk glorious days and delivered with his band one of the first statements of post punk. A circus atmosphere makes me feel the album as a true performance on stage although this is a studio album.

If I have to encourage you to listen to one song only, please give "Burst" a chance. It sounds like a dark and intimate post punk act by Ziggy Stardust. My favourite in the album closely followed by "My Tulpa" and "Shot by Both Sides"
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90/100
From 07/23/2019 18:42
Favorite Tracks:Shot By Both Sides, Burst, The Great Beautician In The Sky
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90/100
From 05/11/2019 17:53
This is in my top 100, a truly unique album.
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From 05/24/2018 21:41
Ex Buzzcock's frontman Howard Devoto hires a punk guitarist, prog keyboardist and funky bassist then adds his own idiosyncratic vocals to create something that really shouldn't work - but actually still sounds great today.
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75/100
From 05/18/2018 12:30
I liked this more than I expected. Definitely some weaker songs, but very solid as a debut.
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80/100
From 02/14/2016 05:52
Nice, it's a little bit funky but that's what makes it good
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From 10/28/2014 13:36
Very enduring album.
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90/100
From 04/17/2013 17:38
Under-appreciated classic. Deserves to be as beloved as "Chairs Missing"
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80/100
From 03/27/2013 12:57
Brilliant and underrated album. I think they would have been more popular if the lyrics hadnt been so obscure and Howard Devoto's voice and singing style is not to everyones taste. So many great songs on this album but Motorcade is probably the best.
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95/100
From 08/04/2012 21:10
Brilliant album, Burst, Definite Gaze, and Parade in particular are standout tunes.
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