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House Of Tomorrow [EP]

Magnetic Fields Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Young And Insane
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5. Either You Don't Love Me Or I Don't Love You

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The Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt (vocals, guitar); Claudia Gonson (vocals, drums); Nell Beram (guitar); Sam Davol (cello); Phylene Amuso (bass).Although this CD was released in 1996, these songs were previously available on singles in 1989 and 1993. As such, the brief EP lacks the conceptual or thematic unity of the Magnetic Fields' full-length albums. Taken by themselves, however, the songs rank among Stephin Merritt's best, particularly the dazzling, kaleidoscopic "Love Goes Home To Paris in the Spring" and the gently despairing "Either You Don't Love Me Or I Don't Love You." Of the remaining three tracks, the mournful "Alien Being" is a low-key highlight, while "Young and Insane" and "(You're So) Technical" find the singer-songwriter at his most caustic. Perhaps less fulfilling than any of the Fields' full-length releases, THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW is nonetheless an essential purchase. PREVIEW :

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5.0 out of 5 stars Id love to move in to the house of tomorrow June 13 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you measure how good an album is by the play time, Im guessing your playlist is made up of ...Stairway to Heaven, Heard It Thru the Grapevine and American Pie. Dont get me wrong, these three amazingly long songs are SUPER , but there are some really tasty tunes out there under 10 minutes long. This CD is holding 5 prime examples.... At one time I lived in a really small town and the big treat would be to go to chapel hill and hang out for a few days with pals. So me and my pals would pile into the car with snacks and soda and mix tapes and books and just drive and drive in hopes that something fun and exciting would happen. My friend patty had sent me a copy of a seven inch single that contained most of the songs on this album, and when we heard the amazing sound of Stephin Merrit and his brood it just blew us away. The first track on this CD is Young and Insane, and it instantly became our theme song. We would rewind again and again to hear the haunting lyrics ... "We're young and insane and we're running away for the summer..." It was just perfect. The other songs have the same hauntingly fun sound that you have grown to love the Magnetic Fields for.
If you arent familiar with the magnetic fields, think of Cocteau Twins singing Phil Spector tunes. Its like a familiar warm blanket washed in a new sweet detergent. What could be better? Amazingly beautiful and fun stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Minutes of Pop Perfection July 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
It may only be 12 minutes long but it is a perfect disc. Every song is a gem, none more so than the last song. Stephin Merritt writes better songs than anyone else even within the strict formal constraints of this disc(each song is built on a repeating chordal/rhythmic loop). Buy this and Holiday which is better than 69 Love Songs, as far as I'm concerned.
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3.0 out of 5 stars all too brief June 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Despite this ep having 5 songs, the playing time barely manages 12 minutes - not good value at the price. The songs, of course, are up to the usual Merritt standard, but it would have been better value for money if he'd included them on another of his albums (stylistically, there's not much to differentiate them from his other works). For avid fans only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars time is a concept by which we measure our pain Oct. 16 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
reviews of CDs that whine about playing time crack me up (see previous review below). that's not the point, kids. it's what the artists do with the time that's important. and what we have here is twelve minutes of pop magic. every song is a winner. this CD could be 4 minutes long and i'd still give it 5 stars. chew on that, clock-watchers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Minutes of Pop Perfection July 22 2002
By B Narasimhan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It may only be 12 minutes long but it is a perfect disc. Every song is a gem, none more so than the last song. Stephin Merritt writes better songs than anyone else even within the strict formal constraints of this disc(each song is built on a repeating chordal/rhythmic loop). Buy this and Holiday which is better than 69 Love Songs, as far as I'm concerned.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first non-electronic Mag Fields EP is a must-buy April 30 2006
By Wade Marchand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
House of tomorrow is a must buy if only for one song: Love Goes Home to Paris in the Spring. The first time I heard it, on a 45, I cried, as did everyone else in the room. Sure it's another patented Stephin Merritt heart break/love song, but the tone is more final and certain compared to later songs: "I've had enough/you never give me anything/Don't you know love/goes home to paris in the spring?"

When this EP first came out (as a 7" - it WAS definitely a good value when it was originally released, don't blame Merritt & co for changes in technology) it was described by the band as their 'loop song' ep -- each song is comprised of a single loop, repeated over and over and over, on analog instruments. At the time this was downright revolutionary for them, as they had not previously recorded with live instruments. They occasionally return to this loop format, but not nearly as effectively as on this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars time is a concept by which we measure our pain Oct. 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
reviews of CDs that whine about playing time crack me up (see previous review below). that's not the point, kids. it's what the artists do with the time that's important. and what we have here is twelve minutes of pop magic. every song is a winner. this CD could be 4 minutes long and i'd still give it 5 stars. chew on that, clock-watchers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 songs make it five stars Aug. 23 2007
By Gerth Mirthful - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
those being Young and Insane and Alien Being, which are as life-changing as anything the Magnetics have done, and that's saying a lot. The other 3 tunes are pleasant enough but unspectacular in my opinion. This is a must-have for any Fields fan or collector of sublimely depressing pop perfection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First steps Feb. 8 2007
By Alex J. Mulcahy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This EP was recorded after the departure of vocalist Susan Anway and features the singing of Magnetic Fields' mastermind Stephin Merrit. Though his range is limited, nobody delivers his mordant lyrics with more panache.
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