Eternal Youth - Future Bible Heroes
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  • Summary: One of the many side projects of Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, The 6ths), the Future Bible Heroes features lyrics by Merritt, low-fi electronic music by Christopher Ewen, and vocals by Claudia Gonson. This is their second LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. On Eternal Youth, Future Bible Heroes erase any idea of the band being a side-project and work together as a trio striving for the same artistic goals. In doing so, they may have created their masterpiece.
  2. 80
    Recalls the more amusing moments of Momus and Stereolab. [Nov 2002, p.116]
  3. Eternal Youth is broad and ambitious. Merritt's singing is missing; his baritone would have added a male perspective, not to mention an added playfulness. But Gonson suffices.
  4. 60
    Fully realized tracks such as "Affection" and the peppy "I'm A Vampire" are so fetching that they eclipse the rest of Eternal Youth, which is padded with brief, blippy non-songs and is often top-heavy with (literal) bells and whistles. [#56, p.93]
  5. 60
    Merritt's lyrics are typically playful, and Claudia Gonson coos them with dreamy detachment. [#9, p.146]
  6. Eternal Youth feels like more of a lackluster stopgap than equal-footing sidecar for Merritt's songcraft, a frustrating teaser from the Merritt portfolio of aliases.
  7. What's most shocking is the number of forgettable tracks, something Merritt typically manages to avoid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SaraP
    Jul 7, 2005
    9
    love it. even the song about killing yourself makes me happy. the end.

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