69 Love Songs - Magnetic Fields
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  • Summary: The title says it all. This 3-disc set indeed contains 69 love songs, all penned by Stephin Merritt (whose other projects include The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and the Gothic Archies). The Magnetic Fields have evolved into a real "band," including keyboardist Claudia Gonson (also Merritt's manager) and multi-instrumentalist John Woo, and Merritt alternates on vocals with Gonson and additional singers. Despite the almost encyclopedic variety of styles and huge volume of songs, there is surprisingly little filler here. Collapse
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  1. Even the "jazz" and "punk" cuts are good for a few laughs -- total losers are rare indeed.
  2. 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.
  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.
  4. Unabashedly beautiful tunes like "I Don't Believe in the Sun" and "Come Back from San Francisco" provide provide ample payoff for the arduous process of listening to the collection in total.
  5. He jumps styles of music effortlessly, all the while managing to pull things together with touching and inventive lyrics.... One of the best releases of the year.
  6. By my count, you've still got 50 keepers out of 69, give or take a few songs. And about a third of those sound like classics.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
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  1. AliC
    Jul 14, 2005
    10
    Utterly extraordinary, a truly genre transcending, and enormous masterpiece. Surely the best value CD ever released?
  2. MarkN
    Apr 18, 2005
    10
    Absolutely breathtaking.
  3. Jim
    Feb 4, 2008
    10
    Rolling Stone is wrong again. A great album
  4. RajS.
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    One of the top 5 albums of the 90's.
  5. 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 Expand
  6. WayneW.
    Jan 17, 2008
    10
    This album is just a fun album to listen to. Stephin Merritt writes incredible lyrics!
  7. JoseS
    Feb 2, 2006
    9
    Just Great!

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