Stephin Merritt is of course the grump behind the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies etc etc. The man is a songwriting machine and Obscurities collects up all the detritus from his career, It includes material from all those aforementioned bands as well as some solo stuff. All are non-album bits and bats put into one place for your listening ease.   

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Obscurities by Stephin Merritt
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8/10 Jack 12th November 2015

Stephin Merritt has a way of clinging to my brainstem as though it's a vine in a jungle, and he's a monkey bent on boosting all of the bananas in my brain. Obscurities, a collection of Stephin Merritt B-Sides. For most artists, B-sides are a form of refuse from a recording session - leftovers, material for the vault, or even waste products in some cases. But Merritt is not "most artists." Obscurities is definitely a must-have for Merritt completists. Those unfamiliar with, say, 69 Love Songs should first pour the contents of that record in their skulls.



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