Hayride is not a typical Athens, GA band. They don't play jangly guitars, they're not too quirky, and they're not overly artsy. For the most part, they are a straight-ahead rock & roll trio that flirts with poppy punk. Hayride rocks hard for 13 of the 14 tracks on Elfin Magic. The remaining track is a mellow trumpet instrumental, which is on the album for no apparent good reason. Otherwise, the songs are good and the performances are solid. Overall, Elfin Magic is a fine major-label debut.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Griggs