Distortion - Magnetic Fields
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  • Summary: The latest album for the band led by singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. He's made a novelty record that gets deeper with time.
  2. Distortion is really a triumph of the evening-out.
  3. Merritt does what he always does. He writes clever songs that are sweet and bitter, comforting and subversive.
  4. The epitome of a melancholy winter record.
  5. Save the odd occasion where Merritt opts for smirking affect over emotional resonance, it all adds up to an excellent addition to an already distinguished back catalogue.
  6. 70
    Every instrument here distorts, giving tearjerkers like 'I’ll Dream Alone' complementary grit.
  7. There are some entertaining songs here ('Drive On, Driver,' 'I’ll Dream Alone') but overall, there is scarcely an affective moment on Distortion. [Winter 2008, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6