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Hot Boxing

Magnapop

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Album Review

Hot Boxing is the first proper release for the four-piece band Magnapop. Hailing from Atlanta, the band had previously had an independent release. Led by the singing of Linda Hopper, who co-writes the group's material with guitarist Ruthie Morris, Magnapop delivers driving, full-throttle hard-pop, ear candy. Hopper's vocals fall somewhere between Joan Jett and Liz Phair (check out "Texas"). Alt-rock hero Bob Mould produced Hot Boxing and he wisely leaves the songs polished without leaving them slick. The pummeling drumbeats, crunchy guitar riffs, and singalong vocals make for an infectious mix. Nothing on the album is indispensable listening, but tracks like "Slowly Slowly," "Lay It Down," "Free Mud," and "Get It Right" make for an enjoyable and extremely catchy record.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This Athens, GA, band creates high-energy punk-pop with catchy hooks and literate lyrics. What makes Magnapop interesting (and different from many of the punk-pop bands out there) is the combination of Linda Hopper's smooth, unhurried vocals and the furious lashings of Ruthie Morris' guitar — it creates a tension that makes the songs of this intelligent, underappreciated band all the more dramatic. Formed in 1987 by singer Linda Hopper (formerly of Oh OK), guitarist Ruthie Morris, drummer...
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