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Holiday


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  • Audio CD (June 15 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00000G1IW
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. BBC Radioponic Worship
2. Desert Island
3. Deep Sea Diving Suit
4. Strange Powers
5. Torn Green Velvet Eyes
6. The Flowers She Sent & The Flowers She Said She Sent
7. Swinging London
8. In My Secret Place
9. Sad Little Moon
10. The Trouble I've Been Looking For
11. Sugar World
12. All You Ever Do Is Walk Away
13. In My Car
14. Take Ecstasy With Me

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TylerJames1984 on April 23 2012
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
This is my favorite Magnetic Fields album. The dreamy melodies interact with stephen merritt's sharp and witty tongue to create a unique listening experience. 'Strange Powers' is the song you will want to listen to over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
I prefer this version of MF to the more pretentious incarnations of recent times. Put together a great melody, a funny/depressing/poetic lyric, over a casio sounding arrangement that sounds like the entertainment guy at the old folks home put it together, and what do you have? Brilliance. Absolute brilliance. So many great moments on this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Ptacek on Feb. 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
i found this cd in my car. i was hooked. apparently friends had tried to turn me onto tmf in the past and i failed to pay attention. sad that i missed years of tingly pleasures just because i was DISTRACTED. also get 69 love songs and be happy.
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Format: Audio CD
and arguably the best of the early ones (if not the best of all of his). Holiday is a wonderful synth pop album which ranks up there with 69 Love Songs as their best. This opened my ears to alot of synth pop music.
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.
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So here it is 1994 and Stephin Merritt has expounded on his ideas of pre-programmed love songs, so they sound better than ever, though hardly glossed over. They're just as messy, with loose ends showing everywhere. He also takes over as the sole singer of the Magnetic Fields. What happened to Susan? I have no idea. She's only on one track here. But mostly we have Stephin in all his depressed glory. He might have the most depressed lackadaisical voice in music. Whether its the fun "Swinging London" or the terribly depressing "The Flowers She Sent," he treats them all the same, but his voice always seems to get in your head. He actually shows a lot of range on "All You Ever Do Is Walk Away" where it sounds like he's yelling so much, poor Stephin's head is going to pop off!
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.
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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. All the songs sound like happy synths with happy lyrics ("You wave goodbye/ airplanes draw swords in the sky" goes "The Trouble I'm Looking For"). Only the soaring epiphany of "Take Ecstasy With Me" really gives any sonic variation, but you know what? With a sound as happy as this, it hardly matters.
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This MF displays Stephen Merritt as a sole vocalist, and that makes me happy. I like his voice better than the oddball guests that he invited onto his records. He has a better understanding of the "completely out of wack but for some reason makes sense" concept that he is famous for. Everything seems backwards for some reason when the MF are playing. There are some real gems on Holiday, the kind of music that sounds peppy musically, but is made melancholly by the temperance of the lyrics. I also think it is a great introduction to the band, (well, for Stephen) before something like 69 love songs is even attempted.
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Format: Audio CD
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. the cd has an electropop indie rock feel that blends very well with steven merritt's voice. if you like them, try: belle and sebastian, the pet shop boys, the smiths, the velvet underground, sebadoh, helium, and even polvo. this album is AMAZING. so there.
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