Love at the Bottom of the Sea

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
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  1. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    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.
  2. Dec 11, 2014
    7
    "Love at the bottom of the sea" sticks to the Magnetic Fields formula of quirky pop - nice but relatively unremarkable melodies accompanied by often clever, always weird lyrics. Opening track "God Wants Us To Wait" is one of the bands better tracks in recent times however the rest of the record treads water, keeping at an above average mark. In typical MF style, the songs are kept short,"Love at the bottom of the sea" sticks to the Magnetic Fields formula of quirky pop - nice but relatively unremarkable melodies accompanied by often clever, always weird lyrics. Opening track "God Wants Us To Wait" is one of the bands better tracks in recent times however the rest of the record treads water, keeping at an above average mark. In typical MF style, the songs are kept short, sweet and to the point which gives them an appeal and allows even the weirdest tracks to remain listenable. Fans will enjoy - newcomers would be better advised to check out 69 love songs. Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2012
    8
    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...
  4. Mar 31, 2012
    3
    "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.
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. May 4, 2012
    70
    Purposefully ridiculous but brilliant.
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    80
    The efficiency of his drollness has grown uncanny, in fact, and the creepiness of its perfection is part of the fun.
  3. Mojo
    Mar 22, 2012
    60
    Only a slight dearth of killer melodies ... disappoints. [Apr 2012, p.86]