Those the Brokes

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Those the Brokes
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Studio album by The Magic Numbers
Released 6 November 2006 (UK)
17 July 2007 (US)
Recorded Allaire Studios, New York City, United States
Genre Alternative rock
Label Heavenly (UK)
EMI (U.S.)
Producer Richard Wilkinson
The Magic Numbers chronology
The Magic Numbers
Those the Brokes
The Runaway
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Those the Brokes is the second album from The Magic Numbers. The album was partly recorded in New York at Allaire Studios in Spring 2006, a venue which has also been used in the past by David Bowie, The Strokes and Ryan Adams, and was recorded and engineered by Richard Wilkinson.

The Magic Numbers Band

The Magic Numbers are an English pop rock band comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters from Hanwell in west London. The group was formed in 2002, releasing their debut album titled The Magic Numbers on 13 June 2005. Their follow-up album, Those the Brokes was released on 6 November 2006, The Runaway was released on 6 June 2010, Alias was released on 18 August 2014, and their most recent album, Outsiders, was released on 11 May 2018.

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The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1998, the band is composed of singer Julian Casablancas, lead guitarist Nick Valensi, rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Following the conclusion of five-album deals with RCA and Rough Trade, the band has continued to release new music through Casablancas' Cult Records.


Track listing

All songs written by Romeo Stodart, except where noted


  1. "This Is a Song" – 5:22
  2. "You Never Had It" – 2:58
  3. "Take a Chance" – 3:32
  4. "Carl's Song" – 5:30
  5. "Boy" – 4:01
  6. "Undecided" – 6:37
  7. "Slow Down (The Way It Goes)" – 6:56
  8. "Most of the Time" – 5:09
  9. "Take Me or Leave Me" (Michele Stodart) – 4:41
  10. "Let Somebody In" (The Magic Numbers) – 3:34
  11. "Runnin' Out" – 5:02
  12. "All I See" – 4:10
  13. "Goodnight" – 6:59


  1. "This Is a Song"
  2. "You Never Had It"
  3. "Take a Chance"
  4. "Boy"
  5. "Undecided"
  6. "Slow Down (The Way It Goes)"
  7. "Keep It in the Pocket"
  8. "Take Me or Leave Me" (Michele Stodart)
  9. "Let Somebody In" (The Magic Numbers)
  10. "Runnin' Out"
  11. "Goodnight" / "All I See" (hidden track)


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Chart positions

Chart (2006–07)Peak
scope="row"Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [1] 34
scope="row"Irish Albums (IRMA) [2] 25
scope="row"Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) [3] 41
scope="row"Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [4] 3
scope="row"UK Albums (OCC) [5] 11

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