Real Life (studio album) by Magazine

Real Life by Magazine
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 1,137th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 236 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1978 (21st)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (241st)
Award Best albums of all time (1,137th)
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 236 votes)
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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 78.6/100, a mean average of 77.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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90/100
From 02/27/2023 18:53
Great track after great track after great track, but yeah the vocals are a bit harder to get into.
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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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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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