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
  1. JonR
    Jan 25, 2008
    9
    This is really a great album. Pessimism abound but these are some wonderfully crafted pop songs.
  2. JohnMcC.
    Apr 3, 2008
    9
    Tuneless? I think not. A great pop album reminiscent of earlier Magnetic Fields records.
  3. JasonA.
    Jan 16, 2008
    8
    This is a really great album. Fans of The Magnetic Fields won
  4. ScottM
    Jan 15, 2008
    7
    It tends to wear out its welcome a bit but there are some pretty solid songs contained within.
  5. scotts
    Jan 28, 2008
    5
    Not bad. not great. some solid tracks, but overall a less than average MF record. if you listen hard enough you can tell the songs are well written, however, with all the production and "distortion" it's hard to really enjoy it. Expand
  6. BrianS.
    Jan 28, 2008
    2
    All the tunefulness from the previous album is gone, replaced by a series of songs that are more kitsch than substance. If "Washington, D.C." was your favorite song from "69 Love Songs," you'll like this record. If you're looking for real songs, such as "I Don't Believe in the Sun" and "Long Forgotten Fairytale," you'll be disappointed. Expand