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Pieces of April [Soundtrack]

Stephin Merritt Audio CD
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1. All I Want To Know
2. As You Turn To Go - The 6ths
3. Dreams Anymore
4. Epitaph For My Heart
5. Heather Heather
6. I Think I Need A New Heart
7. One April Day - Stephin Merritt
8. Stray With Me
9. The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
10. You You You You You - The 6ths

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For his second foray into movie soundtracks (2001's sublime score for Eban & Charley was the first), underground pop impresario Stephin Merritt supplies a succinct set boasting equal appeal to longtime fans and newcomers. The latter should appreciate the inclusion of material from the best-known of Merritt's multiple bands, including three numbers plucked off the Magnetic Fields' critically lauded 69 Love Songs, and two from the 6ths' Hyacinths and Thistles, featuring guest warbling by Momus and Squirrel Nut Zippers' Katherine Whalen. The big draw for devotees is five new selections: "All I Want to Know" is enlivened by sitar licks, while clip-clop rhythms impart the bittersweet "Dreams Anymore" with a hint of classic country kitsch. Merritt's lyrics remain as sharp and funny ("We belong together/Like sex and violence," he croons on "Heather Heather"), but it's the ever-inventive arrangements--like the offbeat blend of ukulele and harmonium on "One April Day"--that make these gems especially memorable. --Kurt B. Reighley

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4.0 out of 5 stars Late night solace... Jan. 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely wonderful starting point for future fans of the excruciatingly beautiful work of Stephin Merritt. This is one of those albums that takes on a whole new light in the wee hours of the morning. You know what I'm talking about...you're down and it's 3:45 in the morning and you've got nowhere to go and no one to go there with. You reach for this album, put it on, and listen intently while staring out you're window at the street light. The songs begin to sound completely different, you notice how achingly beautiful, yet extremely sorrowful the ukulele line is in "One April Day" (one of 5 new Magnetic Fields songs on the soundtrack). You'll also realize how brilliant "Epitaph for My Heart" is and how powerful and moving "You, You, You, You, You is (this song is performed by one of Stephin Merritt's many side projects, The 6ths). All in all this is an exceptional album, that hopefully will encourage newer listeners to explore overlooked albums by the Magnetic Fields (Stephin Merritt's most noted band) and the 6ths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nov. 7 2003
By "ktm79"
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful album for Stephin Merritt fans eagerly awaiting the follow up to "69 Love Songs." It's also probably the best introduction to his oeuvre for newcomers as it highlights some of the best tracks from the last Magnetic Fields and 6ths albums.
The main attraction for longtime fans is the five new Magnetic Fields songs. Lyrically, he's as sharp as ever with his droll, Steinian wit. Musically, he continues to build on the foundations of "69 Love Songs" with some notable throwbacks. "Heather Heather" is a very satisfying Holiday sequel that I've been craving for years while "Stray with Me" recalls the country swagger of Charm of the Highway Strip. "One April Day" is simply gorgeous--one of the most beautiful pieces he's done for ukulele. Overall, these new songs suggest the poise he will bring to the new Magnetic Fields album following the urgency of "69 Love Songs." I can't wait!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Jan. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps the most underrated soundtrack of 2003. Before hearing this I was only somewhat familiar with the music of Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, but while viewing "Pieces of April" at the movie theatre last November, I was instantly taken with this beautiful soundtrack and its striking relevance to the scenes in the film. Songs like "One April Day" by Stephin Merritt (written specifically for the film) speak for themselves: pure musical integrity with minimal instrumentation and arrangements that are in perfect harmony with the film. My other personal favorite is "Heather Heather" by the Magnetic Fields for its dark, desperate lyrics and eerie sound. The quality of the music & songwriting in this soundtrack is immediately recognizable (and, after hearing this, I now plan to familiarize myself with all of his music). Fan or not, don't take my word for it, check this one out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pieces of merrit Jan. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
My only problem with this release is that it is too short, only 27 minutes long. Way to short for us fans who have waited for a follow up to "69lovesongs." But that's a small complaint.
This CD is an excellent sample of some of "The Magnetic Fields," "the 6ths" past CD's. Also includes here are some new songs that are very good. These songs again are about love, being in it, falling out of it, longing for it. They follow in Stephin's writting tradition and classic manner. Only wetting my taste for a TRUE follow up to "69lovesongs."
I have followed Stephin for many years and he hasn't let me down yet. If you have a taste for great song writing, off beat musical arrangements then this is for you. If your into formulaic top 40 music then by all means pass this by.
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