• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 1999
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 50
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 50
  3. Negative: 3 out of 50

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  1. Jim
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    Rolling Stone is wrong again. A great album
  2. WayneW.
    Jan 17, 2008
    10
    This album is just a fun album to listen to. Stephin Merritt writes incredible lyrics!
  3. 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 must-have for anybody who prides themselves as having good taste in music.
  4. alexf
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    A wonderful album.
  5. RajS.
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    One of the top 5 albums of the 90's.
  6. DavidC.
    Jan 16, 2008
    10
    Completely amazing album. Probably one of the best pop album in the 90's. Very clever lyrics.
  7. KonstantinosA.
    Feb 21, 2002
    10
    If one album in the world deserves a 10 this is it!... Best album of 2000!
  8. DenisD
    Mar 25, 2005
    10
    Greatest album of the nineties
  9. MarkN
    Apr 18, 2005
    10
    Absolutely breathtaking.
  10. AliC
    Jul 14, 2005
    10
    Utterly extraordinary, a truly genre transcending, and enormous masterpiece. Surely the best value CD ever released?
  11. JoseS
    Feb 2, 2006
    9
    Just Great!
  12. GaryS.
    Mar 27, 2006
    10
    monumental
  13. AnthonyS
    Jun 27, 2005
    10
    the last great album of the 20th century in my books!
  14. [Anonymous]
    Jul 27, 2007
    10
    I need a cigarette! That's how good this album is
  15. GaryO.
    Nov 17, 2007
    10
    Absolutely supreme.
  16. Aug 12, 2013
    10
    Although there are many more famous albums you could make a strong argument for Magnetic Fields '69 Love Songs' being the best of the 90's. Doing exactly what it says on the tin it contains 69 songs that are all at least in some way about love. Everyone will have their own favourites (mine are The Book of Love and All My Little Words) but, aside from the odd bit of filler, there is notAlthough there are many more famous albums you could make a strong argument for Magnetic Fields '69 Love Songs' being the best of the 90's. Doing exactly what it says on the tin it contains 69 songs that are all at least in some way about love. Everyone will have their own favourites (mine are The Book of Love and All My Little Words) but, aside from the odd bit of filler, there is not really a poor song on here. Expand
  17. Feb 22, 2012
    9
    There aren't too many triple albums out there and that's probably for a good reason. This is one of the rare cases where it was a good idea. This is a sprawling 69 track album, almost 3 hours in length. It's a real concept album in every sense and an amazing achievement to have written, recorded and released such a huge album. You often hear of bands thinking of these projects but theyThere aren't too many triple albums out there and that's probably for a good reason. This is one of the rare cases where it was a good idea. This is a sprawling 69 track album, almost 3 hours in length. It's a real concept album in every sense and an amazing achievement to have written, recorded and released such a huge album. You often hear of bands thinking of these projects but they rarely get completed. Billy Corgan has often hinted he was doing one but he always seems to lose patience halfway through and just release an album. The sheer size of the album inevitably means it's not all great but for the most part the quality is consistently high. It's not a record for the casual music listener - you really need to be an enthusiast to appreciate the whole album. At times the lyrics are really funny, other times your just not sure if he's serious or not but throughout it's the lyrics that stand out. There are many different styles to be found on the record. There's a bit of Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy in here (or perhaps there is some MF in him) and personally some of the vocals remind me a lot of Morrisey. Several songs have a hint of the Smiths about them, then at other times you get a sense of Brian Wilson off the record. Already it's a cult classic and a lot of this is because of it's length and consistent quality. Having said that, if the best of the 69 tracks had been cut to say even a 20 or 30 track double album it could have been one of the great albums. Expand
  18. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    Amazing. Among my favourite albums of all time. Stephin Merritt is a prolific songwriter. There are so many gems on this album. It's a must haveâ
  19. Feb 6, 2015
    3
    t takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it's striking how few weak tracks there are. It's no wonder Stankonia consolidated OutKast's status as critics' darlings, and began attracting broad new audiences: its across-the-board appeal and ambition overshadowed nearly every other pop album released in 2000.
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. Merritt's compositions have a tossed-off, barely produced quality and are held together by sturdily constructed melodies that hark back to Eighties synth poppers like Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark.
  3. 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.