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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wondeful introduction.... May 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow, I bought Pieces of April on DVD and unusually for me let the film play thru the credits. I was rewarded with the song 'You You You You You' by the 6ths. With the net so good for researching the track/artist I was surprised to find this CD as I hadn't noticed much music during the film and indeed I was right as there are a few 'added extras' on the disc. The CD is an absolutely wonderful introduction to the music of Merritt anf the two groups - The 6ths and Magnetic Fields. I for one will certainly be investing in further Cds by these.........I hope to spread the word a little more over here in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth it Jan. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
At first I didn't think there was enough new material on this soundtrack to make it worthwhile, but the four previously unreleased songs are so completley wonderful, especially "All I want to know" and "Heather". This is an essential for any Stephin Merritt fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Jan. 13 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 Late night solace... Jan. 10 2004
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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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