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The Magnetic Fields
50 Song Memoir

Another bit of music-hall high-conceptitude here from Stephin Merritt & Co. There’s a song here for each of Merritt’s 50 years on Earth, with writing begun on his 50th birthday. Not quite 69 but age inevitably brings a slowing down of productivity. Despite the shift from storytelling or meta-songwriting to a more...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs

If you wanted to make an incredibly long album and you figured 100 songs would be too many what would be the next number you'd pick? Anyway, Stephen Merritt did a ridiculous thing and wrote 69 indie pop songs about love and actually managed to pull it off. These are songs that had to be eccentric and endearing, which they are....view item »
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The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees

Here is the very earliest material by Stephin Merritt’s ever-excellent ensemble The Magnetic Fields. Their first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, contain some real gems of keyboard-pop, including the cult favourite ‘100,000 Fireflies’. Double vinyl reissu...view item »
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The Magnetic Fields
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea

I feel like a totally ignorant tit right now. I must confess that I've never heard The Magnetic Fields until now....and this is their tenth studio album! I feel awful. Sorry lads. The press release tells me that this is a return to their synth based experimentation's of the mid 90's and ...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
Andrew In Drag

Curmugeounly as an old sock in real life, yet the perfect downtrodden comic on record, Stephin Merrit and his merry band return with a song so life-affirmingly tuneful and hilariously droll you'll want to pop a balloon. It's a high camp tale of Merritt falling in love with a lad who dres...view item »
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The Magnetic Fields
The Wayward Bus

This is probably The Magnetic Fields most uneven release, but this is, of course, due to the fact that these are Merritt's first records. Most people seem to complain about the track order more than anything, but I can see why The Wayward Bus was put first. If Distant Plastic Trees were up first, most people probably would not be able to sit thr...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
Get Lost

Not quite as dark, and therefore not quite as affecting, as The Charm of the Highway Strip, Get Lost is still a worthy release that needs to be heard. There are some jaw-dropping moments of brilliance ("Why I Cry", "Love is Lighter Than Air", "The Dreaming Moon"), but there are also a couple of sub-par (for Stephin Merritt, at least) tunes such ...view item »

The Magnetic Fields
Realism

Realism does away with the distorted guitars of the band's last effort and finds them returning to the chamber pop sound of 2004's "i". The songs are full of acoustic guitars, strings, piano and other natural instruments that lend the music a more realistic (a hint at the album's title perhaps?) feel. But while the music sounds beautiful and pri...view item »
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Distortion

Last from this cat for the week is the latest album from skewed pop classicists The Magnetic Fields. Stephen Merrits outsider pop has always been a hugely influential & original brand. And on newie 'Distortion' the production is in a kind of lo-fi echo chamber making me repeatedly splurt words such as 'Ariel Pink!' everywhere. There's a dirgy t...view item »
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The Magnetic Fields
Holiday

Mastermind Stephin Merritt has become a cult figure--and his lugubrious voice, his deadpan wit, and his sparkling arrangements make each of his bands' efforts distinctive and worthwhile. The lyrics are simple, literate, and evocative; the instrumentation lush and careful. Holiday is among Merritt's happier albums, but of course the requisite dar...view item »
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The Magnetic Fields
The House Of Tomorrow

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The Magnetic Fields
The Charm of The Highway Strip

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The Magnetic Fields
I

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