Fourteen. Fourteen albums and still going strong. After years writing that much material, you would think a band would alloe themselves to get comfortable. But not for Deerhoof. The Magic proves that they have just as many tricks up their sleeves as ever.

Deerhoof utilized a buffet of genres and bent and twisted them to fit their needs. As drummer Greg Saunier puts it, "Maybe it came from the music we liked when we were kids, when music was like magic - before we knew about the industry and before there were rules." That spirit dances and thrashes throughout every note of this album.

The Magic's opening track is 'The Devil And His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue'. The song title alone is enough to let you know they mean business. It starts with Satomi Matsuzaki singing the words "the magic" a capella, before a grinding surf rock guitar riff and shuffling drums jump in. Or maybe 'Life is Suffering' is more your style? A hip-hop inspired drum beat wrestles with an industrial bass line ready to crash through the floor. Most impressive are songs like 'Model Behavior'. Syncopation reigns supreme. The interplay of the drums and funk bass line with a mysterious sitar-esque strum gets you comfortable. Then they all really let loose in a way that would make any experimental jazz head sweat from disbelief. It's just layer-upon-layer of delicious rhythms and sonic spectrums; it verges on being tough to swallow in one sitting.

What makes any of this possible is how tight the band is as a unit. For lesser musicians, bringing these compositions to life would sound un-purposefully messy. They would most likely have to spend months perfecting every note, only to record each part of each song step by step. But Deerhoof has proven once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. This album was created in 7 days in a rented office space in New Mexico. Knowing that, the precision and clarity of each song is all the more impressive.

The Magic is a superb pop album. It doesn't relinquish substance for catchiness and doesn't dive head-first into reckless abandon throwing any semblance of cohesiveness to the dogs. The album balances nuance and in-your-face jams. Deerhoof show that pushing boundaries can yield fantastic results.