Pieces of April [Soundtrack]

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2003
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Merritt's lyrics remain as sharp and funny ("We belong together/Like sex and violence," he croons on "Heather Heather"), but it's the ever-inventive arrangements--like the offbeat blend of ukulele and harmonium on "One April Day"--that make these gems especially memorable.
  2. Uncut
    80
    There are clever couplets and wry winks, but the melancholy is authentic. [Jan 2004, p.112]
  3. It's pointedly brief (the entire album occurs in under 27 minutes), but Merritt showers each moment of April with ridiculously perfect raindrops.
  4. Alongside gems from the back catalogue, four new songs suggest Merritt may not even have peaked.
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    At times, he thinks as laterally as Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. [Feb 2004, p.102]
  6. While [the new songs] have their charms, none can match the playfully sophisticated melodies and sad-sack wit of 1999's wonderful ''69 Love Songs.''
  7. The four new Magnetic Fields tracks, while good, add little more to Merritt’s considerable repertoire than a few catchy melodies, with scarcely a clever line to boast.
  8. The new Magnetic Fields songs will, thankfully, not raise any eyebrows; the enthusiasm and sparkling spontaneity is, like always, pressed into ukuleles and tucked into preposterously addictive Yamaha sound settings circa 1985.
  9. This is subdued, electro-licked fare hinged on clever, though never precious, songwriting.
  10. Blender
    50
    The five new songs all feature Merritt's meaningfully inexpressive monotone, shrewdly minimal arrangements and flatly clever lyrics. [Jan 2004, p.107]
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  1. Jun 1, 2015
    7
    Decent soundtrack overall. Fans of The Magnetic Fields will be familiar with the 69 Love Songs material which provides the best tracks on thisDecent soundtrack overall. Fans of The Magnetic Fields will be familiar with the 69 Love Songs material which provides the best tracks on this collection. Some other good tracks for the avid fan to find here. The album works well as a whole with the songs suiting the film which is also worth checking out. Full Review »
  2. LisaB
    Aug 4, 2005
    10
    There are two songs which grip you from the start and once you've listened to the cd a few times they all grow on you!