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Pieces of April Soundtrack
|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|
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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Paul Graham
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by H. J. May