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Hyacinths & Thistles Import

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  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Merge
  • ASIN: B00004WHA3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,488 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. As You Turn To Go
  2. Give Me Back My Dreams
  3. He Didn't
  4. I've Got New York
  5. Just Like A Movie Star
  6. Kissing Things
  7. Lindy-Lou
  8. Night Falls Like A Grand Piano
  9. The Dead Only Quickly
  10. The Sailor In Love With The Sea
  11. Volcana!
  12. Waltzing Me All The Way Home
  13. You You You You You
  14. Oahu

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Format: Audio CD
Stephin Merritt is an undoubted musical genius, but, as seems to be so often the case, appears unwilling to commit himself to one pure, identifiable style. Hyacinths And Thistles is an electro-inspired collection of beautifully understated digital pieces, each featuring a different guest vocalist. It's quite different from some of the music that Merritt has produced under his other aliases, but is equally valid. You know those albums that come along every so often, the ones that just sit in your CD player for months, set to permanent loop? The ones that are so rarely replaced in their jewel cases that you have no idea what the CD artwork looks like? The albums that are always played from start to finish without a break so that you begin to conceive of them as one big forty-five minute piece? This is one of those. It really is. I'm loath to write a review that consists of nothing more than the usual groupies' summary of "This is the best album ever, buy it now", but I'm finding it very hard to think of any major negative points about Hyacinths And Thistles. My biggest objection is the fact that I can't pronounce it. There are moments when the album seems to deliberately loose momentum, almost as if Merritt is ashamed to exploit the music in such an unabashedly beautiful way. This is at first annoying, but soon becomes incidental. It is the lyrical content that makes this album stand out, being as it is a combination of astonishingly clever word-play and unbelievably corny love poetry. If the album has a weak point, it is the tenth track, "Volcana" (with Marc Almond, believe it or not), which never really seems to achieve anything. Having said that, I'll probably love it by the end of next week.Read more ›
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By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2002
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The prolific, fecund of talent within Magnetic Fiels/6ths makes being a fan an expensive business. This is as good as '69 Love Songs' with (dare i say it) better vocals: some songs seem to suit Meritts vocal style, but Neil Hannon and (most surprisingly) Bob Mould provide a welcome distraction on the albums high points.
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Format: Audio CD
As a virtual newcomer to Stephen Merritt, I was suprised that something I heard on a commercial radio station with links to an online music sales site would actually throw up something this great, but I now own all of his and The 6ths' backlist. It's pop genius, flaws and all.

Hyacinths and Thistles, on it's own, is tinkly pop magic. The stand-out track is You You You You You with Katherine Whalen. It haunts my dreams! Neil Hanlon's contribution is superb, grim but uplifting, and Oahu with Miss Lily Banquette, whilst long towards the end, is another worm-like melody. However, it is NOT as great as Wasps Nests. And in the absence of that to review, I thought I'd tag a bit of that on here.

Aging Spinster is the most insidious song on the album. It's like a lamprey with it's hook and arrogant swagger. In the City In The Rain likewise, with the vocals just tickling the ear, and Falling Out of Love is my favourite with it's morbid excellence.

Two thumbs up people. Should appeal to fans of Balck Box Recorder and The Postal Service.
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An amazing collection of songs. First listen was so so, second listen I decided there were two perhaps three outstanding tracks, third listen I was captivated. It now ranks as an album I do not want to play too much so as to not get sick of it if that makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy for the lyrics 18 Oct. 2015
By Alyson R H L - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I think this album is by the same guy who formed the group Magnetic Fields. I never have loved his instrumentation but the lyrics are amazingly clever.
4.0 out of 5 stars heard the song you you you you you 23 April 2014
By Joe the Kid - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
in a movie i don't even remember the name of right now and thought to myself this is not a bad song kind of catchy and decided to roam through the music section of amazon and look for the cd

found it and picked it up

all around not bad not bad indeed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes. 17 Nov. 2013
By Les - Published on
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Some of Stephin Merritt's finest melodies are on this album. Catchy and sophisticated.
He puts great lyrics to great music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely 6 Sept. 2000
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The prettiest and saddest little songs--sung by sad and pretty voices--I've heard this year. It's a pomo cabaret of longing and losing, with songs that are often brief and spare, accompanied by a single instrument (piano, toy piano, accordion, zither), and sometimes, of course, Stephin Merritt's trademark synths. The best songs (Sally Timms' delicate, aching Give Me Back My Dreams; the lush, winsome Kissing Things, sung by Sarah Cracknell of St. Etienne; He Didn't, a heartbreaking pairing of title to lyrics, with Bob Mould's voice as rich and heady as cognac; the toy-like Lindy Lou, sung by Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto; Gary Numan's The Sailor In Love with the Sea, which can only be described as Gary-Numan-esque; Katharine Whalen's sweet, '40s-ish You You You You You; the wry misanthropy of The Dead Only Quickly, sung by Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy; the surreally odd I've Got New York by a drunk-sounding Melanie) are a perfect union of arrangement and voice. The others manage to succeed on the merits of their inherently clever and interesting songwriting, even when their potential is slightly hampered by their production or a singer whose voice isn't quite right. "Let the poets struggle to describe your heart, your art of love and your love of art/ But if you ever loved me, tell me so, as you turn to go," sings Momus on As You Turn To Go. It breaks your heart, and you're thankful for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking... 1 Jan. 2002
By Rob Damm - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am puzzled by the criticism this album has been garnering. It is earnest, electro-cabaret music sung by some of the most distinctive voices in indie/alt.pop music.
Composition-wise, Merrit keeps it simple. The arrangements are bare-bones, vocals front-and-center, making it easy to focus on some of his most honest and "adult" lyrics to date.True, this record isn't much fun. But it is true and beautiful and immensely sad. Momus's singing on the first track is a highlight, as is the enchanting "sailor who's in love with the sea". These are grown-up songs about grown-up emotions.
It is not the bullet-proof jugernaut "69 Love songs" was, but it isn't meant to be. It's not the party record "Wasps nest" was... but it certainly isn't meant to be that... listen alone in the dark when your heartstrings break. You will hear the sound of a life and a love laid bare. Absolutely heartbreaking stuff.
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