V2 69 Love Songs
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|2. Love Is Like Jazz|
|3. When My Boy Walks Down The Street|
|4. Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old|
|5. Very Funny|
|6. Grand Canyon|
|7. No One Will Ever Love You|
|8. If You Don't Cry|
|9. You're My Only Home|
|10. (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy|
|11. My Only Friend|
|12. Promises Of Eternity|
|13. World Love|
|14. Washington, D.C.|
|15. Long-Forgotten Fairytale|
|16. Kiss Me Like You Mean It|
|17. Papa Was A Rodeo|
|18. Epitaph For My Heart|
|19. Asleep And Dreaming|
|20. The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing|
See all 23 tracks on this disc
1999 release, the second 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.
Top Customer Reviews
There are just too many good songs on here -- "Roses," "When My Boy Walks Down the Street," "Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old," "Very Funny," "Grand Canyon," etc, etc. And "Papa Was a Rodeo," "Epitaph for My Heart" and "Asleep and Dreaming" are some of Merritt's best compositions, lyrically and musically.
Sure, it sort of drags a little bit in the middle ("Washington, D.C." and "Kiss Me Like You Mean It" come to mind), but all three volumes have their share of somewhat mediocre songs.
It also has the best opening and closing tracks of the three volumes (although "Absolutely Cuckoo" is pretty amazing) -- "Roses" is a lovingly sung thirty second song that defies catagorization (there's no music, just a beautiful voice); and "I Shatter" also defies catagorization with it's Laurie Anderson-like vocals (anyone remember that oddity "O Superman"?).
Regardless, you should not just buy one or two volumes -- buy the box set. There are some songs ("Absolutely Cuckoo," "A Chicken with Its Head Cut Off," "Busby Berkeley Dreams," "The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure," and many, many more) that are not available on volume two. But, if you must buy one, I guess I'll be one of the few to say "pick volume 2."
Stephin Merritt gives you 23 amazingly haunting and beautiful nuggets of pop wisdom on this disc. Starting with 'ROSES' which could easily be a Dorthy Parker poem, and finishing up with 'I SHATTER' which is like a Kate Bush song sung by froggy from the Little Rascals tv program. Cute!
Between these two soon to be classics, you will find a mass of Wilde wit and pure pop sugar to keep your head buzzing for days. There are some tunes on here that would be perfect for a 'breaking up with you' mix tape. Check out my personal faves; No One Will Ever Love You, If You Don't Cry, Epitaph For My Heart, and (Crazy for you)But Not That Crazy.
To prove that the world is not all about sadness and pain, Stephin also includes some of the most beautiful love songs you will ever hear. Songs like; Asleep and Dreaming, Papa Was A Rodeo, Washington DC, and Kiss Me Like You Mean It.
This Disc goes from faux Beat Poetry to 1980's New Wave to Corny Country to 1960's girl group super power pop and makes every stop between.
I would suggest getting the boxed set of all 69 songs but if your mom said you could only get one disc, this is the one I would most strongly suggest. If you dig the magnetic fields, you will love this disc.
Street", and I ordered the CD for it. Well, it was so
good, I hardly ever listen to When My Boy, because I love
the other ones so much!! Papa Was A Rodeo is excellent,
a short little ditty called Washington DC makes me want
to get up and cheer:)Stuffed with good things, I'm telling
everyone I know about it. And now, I must get the other discs
in the set. BUY BUY BUY!!
Most recent customer reviews
To my ears this one is the runt of the litter. I set my CD player up to leave off about 10 songs. The problem is that there are too many uninspired synthesizer songs, and too... Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by Anthony Cooper
OK, I got Volume 1 about 6 mos. ago and loved it but his one is just so good, maybe I'm just so enthralled because I don't kwow every single note but I think it's every bit as good... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2001 by Michael Lewis
To debate which of these CDs are better than others seems silly. They all contain well written songs with incredibly catchy production techniques. Read morePublished on June 23 2001
Volumes 1 & 3 have it all over this one. That other 3 star rating was right -- it obviously upset the Merritt fanatics.Published on Oct. 19 2000 by Claus Q. Svendsen