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  • Audio CD (May 11 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0001NNL8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

1. I Die
2. I Don't Believe You
3. I Don't Really Love You Anymore
4. I Looked All Over Town
5. I Thought You Were My Boyfriend
6. I Was Born
7. I Wish I Had An Evil Twin
8. If There's Such A Thing As Love
9. I'm Tongue-Tied
10. In An Operetta
11. Infinitely Late At Night
12. Irma
13. Is This What They Used To Call Love
14. It's Only Time

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By A Customer on Sept. 6 2005
Format: Audio CD
Theatrical concepts and hauntingly beautiful lyrics make Magnetic Fields the best of its kind. "i" is no exception. We even named our fish "Pip".Merritt stands with the masters; Dylan, Bowie, Reed etc...
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By Larry White on July 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Magnetic Fields is one of several guises that the artist Stephin Merritt records under. His last work with this 'group' was descriptively and accurately titled "69 Love Songs". We didn't buy it, although it was critically hailed, because, frankly, the sheer (and symbolic) number of numbers scared us off. Merritt gets cute with his cd's moniker once again (every song title begins with the letter of the album's title), but, at least, there are only 14 tracks this time. The majority of them are highly melodic, engaging, mostly melancholy ditties sung by Merritt (on other albums he frequently employs singers) in his arch and intimate manner. Merritt is blatantly gay, self-deprecating, and witty. His songs abound with clever and freshly blazoned lyrics (eg. "So you quote love unquote me/ Well, stranger things have come to be" and "Feels like December but it's May/ I've gone as pale as Doris Day") that ring with humor and truth. Although occasionally upbeat (even disco), most are the oddball torch songs of a contemporary and eccentric stylistic descendant of Cole Porter. The production is deft, spare and organic. Among the list of atypical rock instruments (banjo, harpsichord, cello, sitar) in the credits is the disclaimer "no synths". This album is not recommended for the macho boys among us. However we would strongly suggest it to those who enjoy a little quirk in their work.
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Found this jewel the hard way - punching buttons through the 30 or 40 weekly samples at B&N listening stations. This is an impressive album, and if they can repeat this quality, they will become a major item. It's refreshingly different and original with a touch of something like Beatles influence.
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This is the first Magnetic Fields record in five years. I remember listening to 69 Love Songs for weeks. I thought it was a weird record. Momus was releasing similarly themed long concept albums at the time. Stephin Merritt has released a few records as Future Bible heroes. Merritt has also worked on a few movie soundtracks. So with all the concept records and side projects out of the way, here is a release that is just Magnetic Fields and Merritt. His singing is sort of out of tune. It's a voice that you have to become accustomed to. Merritt has been compared to Cole Porter, but he's more like an American version of The Divine Comedy. There are no synthesizers on this record. The songs are all great. One might think that "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend" might be a really great song with synths and a techno drum sound. It seems like this album is an edited version of 69 Love Songs and a little quieter and more intimate.
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By Paul H. on July 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
It seems that music snobs everywhere this year are extremely jaded. Perhaps 2004 will be known as the year of "disappointing" follow-ups: Modest Mouse's Good News For People Who Love Bad News, Wilco's A Ghost Is Born, and The Magnetic Field's I. The thing is, all of these albums are rather excellent. Wilco's, in particular, is incredible. Modest Mouse's is a lovely pop affair. And The Magnetic Field's I? A witty, quaint, lush, and witty follow-up to the epic 69 Love Songs. The problem with 69 Love Songs is not in the record itself. It's in the fact that 69 Love Songs seems to have obliterated everything that the Magnetic Fields have done in the past or will continue to do. Is it a problem that Stephen Merritt sings every song? What about Holiday and everything after that record that came prior to 69 Love Songs? There are no synths? Buy The Charm Of The Highway Strip or Get Lost. Is it a problem that Stephen Merritt and his Magnetic Fields are trying something different this time around? I mean, "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend" sounds like the Human League had a hand in it. I is a strong record, one that features Stephen Merritt's usual witty and often touching musings on love. Maybe having seen much of this record performed live (with just ukelele, strings, and piano) prior to its release put it in a certain context to me. I just know that I really enjoy I, even if it is no 69 Love Songs.
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By Amazon Customer on June 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
With Stephin Merritt's follow up to "69 Love Songs", "I", you get the feeling that he sounds a little tired, as if maybe he has been drinking too much cognac, smoking too many cigars, having too many jaded relationships and staying up way, way too late in seedy bars writing too many songs. "I" seems to sit a little flatly against the former's eclectic brilliance.
I think one of the reasons for this is "I" has a consistency that was lacking in the last Magnetic Field's release. 69 Love Songs had a huge amount of variety and that carried the interest of the album throughout the whole three CDs, whereas "I" sounds repetitively consistent.. consistent playing, use of instrumentation, song writing, singing (only Merritt's voice takes the lead), production, even the consistent use of the letter "I" in the start of every track name. To those used to the anything goes 69 Love Song approach, this at first can be a little unsettling. Where are the synths? The other singers? The bunny rabbits?
To enjoy "I", I suggest the following... forget about hearing another 69 Love Songs and enjoy this release as a new collection of songs from the pen of Stephin Merritt. If 69 Love Songs never existed, this CD would sit happily amongst all other Magnetic Fields releases. It does have many strong moments and once you get over the fact that it is not 69 Love Songs, it is quite a good release. Thanks Stephin!
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