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Magnetic Fields Audio CD
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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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The long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed 1999 release 69 Love Songs, i finds singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt in full possession of his acerbic wit. Featuring lyrics ripe with melancholy and bittersweet imagery, the record's fourteen tracks are possibly the most personal Merritt has created to date -- a departure from the many voices on 69 Love Songs.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Aye,aye July 5 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Year Of The Whining? July 3 2004
By Paul H.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars I, Stephin 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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4.0 out of 5 stars "I" love it! June 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Any other singer/songwriter would have been tapped out after the triple threat of the 3 CD set "69 love songs," but not our Stephin.
So we wait 5 years,(sure we were pacified with "Pieces of April"), for "I." As announced this was to be synthesizer free, to the dismay of some and the delight of others. Here Stephin relied heavily on cellos and acoustic guitar. Ever the hopeless romantic, he sings of life, love lost. The music rings full of a loss of hope and surrender normally reserved for the young.
Musically, the formula hasn't changed drastically and that voice remains true, though having found some new range, it fits everytime.
there are many songwriters out there today putting there heart into music, but when stephin takes the magnetic fields into the studio, it is always a work of art.
Stand out tracks include:
1) looked all over town
2) I was born
3) I thought you were my boyfriend
4) I don't believe you
5) In an operetta
6) its only time
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4.0 out of 5 stars merritt masters
Theatrical concepts and hauntingly beautiful lyrics make Magnetic Fields the best of its kind. "i" is no exception. We even named our fish "Pip". Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing. "It's Only Time" is Worth The Album Price
Found this jewel the hard way - punching buttons through the 30 or 40 weekly samples at B&N listening stations. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Charles F. Bealke
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Cole Porter
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. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by alexander laurence
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, and a Little Routine
Fond as I am of Stephin Merritt's gorgeous chamber pop, truth is there's more than a little routine in The Magnetic Fields' i. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by WrtnWrd
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, except for one exceptional song
The book of love is full of music. In fact that's where music comes from. Some of it is transcendental, some of it is just really dumb. Read more
Published on June 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Fair-ous
I don't think Stephin Merritt can do wrong with song writing. This CD is great. I thought I could only dissapointed after 69 Love Songs, but I was wrong. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Michael A. Berzinis II
5.0 out of 5 stars give it a chance
Let's face it, everyone hates long awaited albums from their favorite artists. I almost dismissed this disc the first day I got it. Well "dismissed" is a bit harsh. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Jon R. Garabieta
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and simple: the masterpiece of the year so far
I am a great fan of the chaotic passion of 69 Love songs and I always believed that Stephen Merritt and his band would not be able to match it. This CD proves me wrong. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by I. M. Sanchez Prado
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly personal, and NOT a rehash of 69 love songs
for the MF fans who might read this, my favorite album is still holiday. that should put my opinion in perspective. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by "dr_strangelove13"
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