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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic acoustic seminal pop!
Ignore the review above; while this album may be more acoustic than its predecessors, the sound is truly awesome. This is the first album I heard of The Magnetic Fields, and it really did blow me away. While it has something of an 80s synth feel to it, the use of violins, cello - even the banjo - make this album a joy to listen to. In addition, the sheer variety of...
Published on 1 Jun 2004 by Richard Brown

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some great moments, but a little disappointing darling
The joy of 69 Love Songs was picking out the gems amongst the one-joke novelties. On 'i', whilst there are some great moments, sad to say that the quality control still doesn't stretch over a whole album. The music has moved away from the electronic experiments favoured previously, which leads a lot of this album to sound quite samey. The one song where the synths are...
Published on 14 May 2004


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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic acoustic seminal pop!, 1 Jun 2004
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Richard Brown "Quantumrich" (Clevedon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Ignore the review above; while this album may be more acoustic than its predecessors, the sound is truly awesome. This is the first album I heard of The Magnetic Fields, and it really did blow me away. While it has something of an 80s synth feel to it, the use of violins, cello - even the banjo - make this album a joy to listen to. In addition, the sheer variety of styles, tied together by Meritt's hopeful yet melancholic vocals, makes this an album you will love on first hearing and hum the tunes to yourself for months. It's so good to find something simple and original these days!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Magnetic Fields,'I', 17 Oct 2004
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The great majority of this album is perfect; the less successful tracks, 'I'm Tongue-Tied' and 'It's Only Time' (the latter being slightly schmaltzy)could, however, have been omitted and one feels that the album somewhat tails off after track 8. The cynicism of 'I Don't Believe You','I Don't Really Love You Anymore' and 'I Thought You Were My Boyfriend' is exquisitely incisive, and - far from being pretentious or overly-clever - Merritt's lyrics on these tracks are astute and introspective without being verbose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mastrpiece, 4 Feb 2011
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Mrs. G. Munday (kent england) - See all my reviews
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this was the first album of the magnetic fields i have listened to, and i can honestly say that i like every song. the lyrics and music are fantastic and stephin merrits voice is like scott walker meets richie havens. i can't wait to listen to the other albums as my son says 69 is his favourite.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great moments, but a little disappointing darling, 14 May 2004
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The joy of 69 Love Songs was picking out the gems amongst the one-joke novelties. On 'i', whilst there are some great moments, sad to say that the quality control still doesn't stretch over a whole album. The music has moved away from the electronic experiments favoured previously, which leads a lot of this album to sound quite samey. The one song where the synths are back, "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend", is possibly the strongest here - like prime Pet Shop Boys in a particularly bad mood. Ultimately, too many of these songs start well but don't go anywhere and fall back on repitition. 'I Don't Believe You' is catchy, but just repeats the same 20 seconds of music endlessly with different verse lyrics. For literate pop, the Divine Comedy or Black Box Recorder are still superior.
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