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V1 69 Love Songs

Magnetic Fields Audio CD
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5. Reno Dakota
6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
7. Come Back From San Francisco
8. The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
9. Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
10. The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
11. I Think I Need A New Heart
12. The Book Of Love
13. Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
14. How Fucking Romantic
15. The One You Really Love
16. Punk Love
17. Parades Go By
18. Boa Constrictor
19. A Pretty Girl Is Like...
20. My Sentimental Melody
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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From Stephin Merrit's Gay and Loud publishing comes the first volume of the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, a misleadingly quiet epic of a thing. From the layered feedback of "Don't Fall in Love with Me," followed by the plinky strum of his uke through to a Merrittian 23rd psalm, "The Things We Did," this volume, more than the others, hearkens back to the gloriously distorted acoustic agitation visited on The Charm of the Highway Strip. Ever the sad sack, Merritt's characters "don't believe in the sun" and drolly proclaim themselves "ugly" and the stars so "fucking romantic." Dishing up clichés like ice cream cones at a Baskin-Robbins, Merritt's lyrics take on self-involved weightiness in the context of his over-the-top conventions. Marrying electronic elements with banjo, cello, mandolin, piano, accordian, and percussion, these little numbers--sung by a revolving cast of Merritt and cohorts--riff on everything from punk rock to madrigals to Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash-style balladry, coming across as preposterously vaudevillian and Brechtian, rather than vacuous. --Paige La Grone

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1999 release, the first of three volumes of this ambitious project that includes a total of 69 love songs spread over three volumes (each disc contains 23 tracks). Magnetic Fields are an Indie/Electropop band led by singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one disc of 69 LS, Aug. 4 2003
By alaska
Format:Audio CD
then disc one is probably the one to get. The ratio of brilliant to merely good songs is higher, perhaps, than on any other Magnetic Fields CD; favorites include "I Think I Need a New Heart," "Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side," and "All My Little Words," an irresistably hooky psuedo-bluegrass lament about the futility of clever songwriting (penned, of course, by pop music's supreme ironist). Come to think of it, if you buy disc one and you have any taste at all, you'll end up getting the others as well -- you might as well get the box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul July 17 2003
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Today, when most pop songs are simple to the point of vapidity, both musically and lyrically, it is refreshing to find something like this album. Merritt blends perfectly the beautiful melodies with clever, witty lyrics as he explores all forms of love from the disguised lament of the ugly teenager and the hopelessness of the spurned lover to the joyous proclamations of those that have found true love. He matches musical genre to the message of the song and makes effortless transitions between each. The voices of the songs have true emotion in them and successfully vary in tone so as to augment the lyrics. Claudia Gonson's voice is beautiful and brilliant, constrasting nicely with Merritt's deep bass. My only complaint is that Claudia ought to sing more. To summarise as best I can, this music is poetry, philosophy and melody. It is dark and insightful, naive in places, cynical in others, but never depressing. A true masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I usually hate "songwriters" Jan. 2 2003
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But this is great stuff. The lyrics are clear, funny and poignant. The melodies are smart and beautiful. You can't help but get a kick out of it, which is surprising for something so stark, minimalist, dark, and sad underneath. Your kids would probably love it, if you don't mind the occasional bleep word. I keep this one in the cd player in my kitchen so I can sing along while chopping up potatoes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic May 26 2002
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The first volume of 69 Love Songs is in my opinion the best of the lot, the classic disc. The songs are in a bunch of different styles, but there are all catchy and have something to say. Well, "Punk Rock Love" is a novelty song, but the rest are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Other Bands Like Magnetic Fields March 20 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a really great cd from a really great band. It's too bad there aren't more bands like this out there. Some other bands you might like if you like this are the sixths, steven merritt(solo), ladytron, and the aeffect. Check them out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par April 5 2001
By kate
Format:Audio CD
Although this CD is cute, it doesn't get much farther past that. The songs are fun at times, but overall the CD isn't a very strong one. The songs seem to be written and sung for that sake alone, and it is obvious the effort isn't heartfelt. Get Lost featured songs that were more thoughtful and rememberable. Better luck next time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Rewarding March 8 2001
Format:Audio CD
I disagree with the past few reviewers who say that this is bland, boring and so-called "rock-critic rock." I had never really listened to any of their older recordings, but when I heard this one, I was instantly sold. True, the production is gritty at times, but if you want flashy, splashy bubblegum pop, go buy a Britney Spears or NSync CD. I'll take Magnetic Fields anyday. The term "rock-critic rock" seems to me to indicate to me one listener's disdain for intelligent, witty lyricism. He says that Merritt's delivery has no heart or soul. Once, again, I disagree. Upon first listen, I was awe-struck by the seemingly simple, yet intricately penned lyrics. Very clever, true. And who says cleverness is a bad thing? Have Limp Bizkit and Korn lowered our standards so much? Merrit's delivery is sublime. I wouldn't hear such wonderful lyrics presented any other way. These songs are at times whimsical and silly, at times wry (but never bitter), at times touching and heartfelt, and often a combination of all three. Never for a moment did I get the impression that they were not "felt." If anything, they are overflowing with emotions so layered and complex that upon first listen, it can be hard to process them emotionally. Personally, I like music that's challenging. It always rewards more with each subsequent listen. Such is this album. In a world of musical choices that seem to gravitate toward either pristine teenybopper mush and tiresome, pre-packaged rebellious moron-rock, Stephen Merrit's lonesome croon is a welecome voice. Fans of Yo La tengo, Pavement and the like, take note: this is YOUR music. Just LISTEN.
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About twelve songs in, I'm thinking to myself, "Yeah, um. Is this going to become more interesting?" It doesn't. To think he wrote 69 of these songs! Vocal delivery is strange, like Johnny Cash on quaaludes (hmm... didn't Cash do 'ludes? Perhaps that was in poor taste, but you get the idea) but it kind of grows on you in a so-ugly-it-is-beautiful kind of way.
Highlights: Absolutely Cuckoo's structure which has a falling over itself down the stairs quality. Like a drunk round. I Don't Want to Get Over You is sharp and I love Reno Dakota. But the rest of it is so-so at best. I bet there's one album's worth of solid stuff from all three volumes.
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