Holiday was originally released in 1994 after The Charm of the Highway Strip but was actually recorded before it. Therefore Stephin Merritt's compositions were less widescreen and more insular but by God does this set the template for his later work. What we are talking about is bedroom synth pop with yearning romantic lyrics and the grumpy sense of fun that has been the Magnetic Fields thing ever since. Re-issue LP on Merge. 

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Holiday by The Magnetic Fields
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8/10 Jack 16th May 2016

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 dark side lurks in every couplet. Sounds like practically nothing else except other Magnetic Fields, or Merritt's other projects: the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and the Future Bible Heroes.

7/10 Elliot Customer rating (no review), 28th May 2020



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