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  • Summary: Synthesizers and Stephin Merritt return to the Magnetic Fields with the first album of new material for the band since 1999's 69 Songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. These 15 song-puzzles in 34:20 are sophisticated amusements all, although often the amusement is attenuated and one I get bored with before half its 2:38 is over.
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    If there's any particular conceit here, it's Merritt at his wry best, sharpening his pop hooks and keeping songs tightly wound.
  3. Mar 5, 2012
    Love at the Bottom of the Sea is an endearing, comfortable offering from a band that will hopefully do 10 more albums.
  4. 63
    The 15-track set reclaims the willfully dinky synth-pop sound the Magnetic Fields renounced in recent years in favor of fuzzed-out guitar rock and strummy chamber folk.
  5. Mar 14, 2012
    It's lacking some of his scabrous wit, but this is Merritt's most enjoyable album for years. [April 2012, p.101]
  6. Mar 5, 2012
    For such a self-avowed perfectionist, and judged against the admittedly high standards of his magnum opus, it comes up a little short.
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    I hate to say it, but Love at the Bottom of the Sea is such a drag: a damp and dreary album, drowning in bad faith and bad jokes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    This is the first Magnetic Fields record I played and it made me download their entire discography. It's absolutely amazing, cute songs with catchy beats and Derek's great voice. Expand
  2. Mar 18, 2012
    Great record. Laughed and cried at the same time. Lyrics are hilarious and instantly stuck in your mind. "Andrew in drag'' may be my personal single of the year... Pure fun. God, i wanna dance... Expand
  3. Mar 31, 2012
    "The Machine in Your Hand" is one of the few compositions on the 15-track album of The Magnetic Fields - "Love At The Bottom Of The Sea", which presents a fairly bearable level. The entire release is just boring - synth pop genre give you a huge range of possibilities, but band seems to forget this and they're exerting childish vocals to the not very diversified base. Expand