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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Sept. 6 2005
Found this jewel the hard way - punching buttons through the 30 or 40 weekly samples at B&N listening stations. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Charles F. Bealke
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 morePublished on July 5 2004 by alexander laurence
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 morePublished on June 16 2004 by WrtnWrd
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 morePublished on June 10 2004
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 morePublished on June 3 2004 by Michael A. Berzinis II
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 morePublished on June 2 2004 by Jon R. Garabieta
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 morePublished on June 1 2004 by I. M. Sanchez Prado