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Album Review

Magnified represents the real emergence of Failure, perhaps the best post-grunge dirge-pop band of the '90s. Shedding the sonic intrusiveness of producer/engineer Steve Albini, Failure took on the production of this effort, revealing recording and songwriting skills hidden on the band's debut of two years earlier. Songwriters Ken Andrews (guitars, vocals) and Greg Edwards (bass, drums) are joined by drummer John Dargahi (filling in on tracks Edwards probably couldn't cover on his own). This 1994 release completely eclipses Comfort with its superior songs, vocal performances, and vast dynamic. The melodies and arrangements are both simple and elegant, something like the Beatles meet Pink Floyd meets Black Sabbath meets '90s modern rock. But all comparisons fail to describe the unique results of Andrews and Edwards' precisely executed vision. Despite minimal arrangements and instrumentation, Failure uses some extraordinary lyrics and hyper-melodic riffing to create a sprawling sound that retains a profound heaviness. "Moth" and "Wonderful Life" could be considered standouts, but these songs aren't cut from a substantially different cloth than any of Magnified's other entries. Along with Failure's swansong masterpiece, Fantastic Planet (although practically unknown, a record considered by a small but extremely passionate group of followers as the post-grunge bookend to Nevermind), Magnified is one of the best records of its kind.

Customer Reviews

Indie Legends!

Kids these days can not even comprehend how this band influenced indie rock. I mean seriously, Failure was putting out music that is now mainstream in the early 90's! That just goes to show how behind the times the mainstream is. I mean look at all of the Joy division wannabes out there now!!! Fantastic Planet is the best album this band ever put out, but you should listen to all of their stuff becuase it will influence you in more ways than a lot of the glossy stuff out there right now!


This band never got any credit until it broke up. If you look around now Edwards and Andrews are behind some of todays best music. Honestly this band is up there with the Smashing Pumpkins & Nivana and in some cases better. While Fantastic Planet is the best album ever, this album is not far behind and is a must have (along with Confort) if you liked Fantastic Plantet! It would be great if people would actually listen to this stuff instead of all this new worthless crap out there.

Thee Best!

While Mudhoney/Tree's & Tad may have kicked it off, Nirvana seemingly closed it out. Until Failure came along. This album (Magnified) is the final piece to close out the era of 90's dirge-Pop. This is easily one of the BEST rock records from th entire decade! Bernie & Wonderful life are hauntingly-refreshing. Especially in an era where it was hard to find strong melody with harder edged rock. This album delivers!


Formed: 1991 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The founding force and career-long creative core of Failure consisted of multi-instrumentalists Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards, a '90s songwriting team practically unrivaled within the claustrophobic confines of post-grunge American rock. The two constantly switched guitar and bass duties in the studio while Andrews took lead vocal duties on the group's three recordings -- Edwards has been credited in interviews with having come up with most of Failure's lyrics. When the group performed live, Edwards...
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