69 Love Songs - Magnetic Fields
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Alternately recalling the best work of Blondie, Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode, and dozens more, 69 Songs About Love is a sprawling masterpiece of White Album-like proportions.
  2. 69 elegant observations by a pop master.
  3. Even the "jazz" and "punk" cuts are good for a few laughs -- total losers are rare indeed.
  4. Stephin Merritt's most ambitious as well as fully realized work to date, a three-disc epic of classically chiseled pop songs that explore both the promise and pitfalls of modern romance through the jaundiced eye of an irredeemable misanthrope.
  5. Like a great romance, it's consistently lovable even when stupid or frustrating, and its best moments are absolutely breathtaking.
  6. Each song contains its own small epiphany, but they never quite add up to the one big sweeping epiphany that you'd hope for.
  7. 90
    The merely wonderful arrangements pale next to the songs themselves.
  8. There are plenty of throwaway tunes, and the sound quality is decidedly lo-fi, but what's most surprising about this three-CD collection is the number of good songs.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jim
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    Rolling Stone is wrong again. A great album
  2. JohnP.
    Apr 15, 2008
    10
    Lyrically brilliant and beautifully structured from start to finish. One of the most relevant and ambitious albums of the 90s, and a Lyrically brilliant and beautifully structured from start to finish. One of the most relevant and ambitious albums of the 90s, and a must-have for anybody who prides themselves as having good taste in music. Full Review »
  3. WayneW.
    Jan 17, 2008
    10
    This album is just a fun album to listen to. Stephin Merritt writes incredible lyrics!