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  • Summary: Stephin Merritt handles all of the vocal duties on Magnetic Fields' latest release (so named because each song title begins with the letter I), though the musicians who helped flesh out '69 Love Songs' return, including Claudia Gonson (also of Future Bible Heroes and the band's manager), John Woo and Sam Davol. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Beautifully melodic, quietly clever and painfully smart. [Jul 2004, p.136]
  2. 83
    Merritt's wordplay has never been slicker. [Jun 2004, p.105]
  3. Tracks as smart as the dreamy, melancholy character sketch "Irma" and the lyrical album-closer "It's Only Time" suggest how Merritt can top 69 Love Songs: one song at a time.
  4. 80
    At times, i turns dangerously slow and arty.... But for the first time, [Merritt's] lethargic croak also emits a few degrees of human warmth. [May 2004, p.124]
  5. Sometimes his lyrics are better than his melodies... and too often even his happy songs sound dreary. [7 May 2004, p.84]
  6. Finds Merritt and his longtime backing band moving away from pop formalism, slightly toning down the cabaret affectations and focusing a little more on the melodies and hooks rather than the genre-hopping arrangements.
  7. 40
    A curiously uninvolving affair. [Jun 2004, p.95]

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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