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On October 25, Merge Records will release Holiday on180-gram vinyl. Following Charm of the Highway Strip,Get Lost and the 69 Love Songs vinyl box set, Holiday is the fourth in a series of the Magnetic Fields LP re-issues.The songs of Holiday are melodic and immediately accessible,but with a chilly tone and a predilection for odd noises and unexpected accents.The album has been remastered for vinyl by Jeff Liptonat Peerless Mastering for this first-ever LP pressing. All copies include a coupon for digital download.
Top Customer Reviews
The album also has probably my favorite lyrics of all the Magnetic Fields releases. Everything Stephin Merritt comes together in the imagery of the opening lines to "The Flowers She Sent": "I saw you standing at the airport / with your chiahuahua in your hand / Crying on the moving sidewalk / on your way to Disneyland." That's not to shake a stick at the dense growling "Desert Island" where Merritt is put with his love in that very place that dreams are made of. "We'll develop muscles / from cracking coconuts / Let our clothing drop off / feel each other's butts." He has a way with turning old love song ideas on their head. For example, it's not out of the ordinary to be singing about a lover's eyes, but Merritt writes "My heart just turns to ice when I see myself reflected in your torn green velvet eyes.Read more ›
The album starts of with the 22 second long intro, which has a sixties-meets-synth sound to it (i think) and is followed by 13 brilliant tracks. IMO, All You Ever Do Is Walk Away is one of the best vocal performance from Stephin Merritt and also ranks as one of his best songs. Other highlights are Trouble I've Been looking For and Take Ecstacy With Me.
Buy this and 69 Love Songs for the perfect grasp of the best of this band.
Most recent customer reviews
This is such a wonderfully happy-sounding and tuneful effort by Stephin Merritt that it's almost possible to forget that he probably doesn't mean any of it. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2001 by Adam McConnaughey
if youre going to get a magnetic fields album... this is the one to get. its an amazing record you could never get tired of. Read morePublished on July 21 2001 by pEEtah!
Definitely "eclectic rock". If you like the Magnetic Fields, then I think there is a good chance you will also like the Flaming Lips and/or Built to Spill.Published on May 31 2001 by J. T. Austen
absolutely the work of a genious. has remained in my stereo for more than seven months. a permanent record. anyone can enjoy this. listen closely...Published on April 23 2000 by erin
Stephin Merritt's songs are sad and incisively perceptive. They also have melodies that cannot be removed from your mind. Read morePublished on Dec 9 1999 by happydogpotatohead