15 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Magnetic Fields return to their electropop roots (and their former home at Merge Records) for their 10th studio release, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Fifteen short, synth-soaked songs in 34 minutes show off Stephin Merritt’s wordplay, wit, and gift for arrangement. Delivered in his distinctive sleepy deadpan manner, along with some quirky leads by Shirley Simms, these meditations on love and lust are catchy (“Quick!”), droll (“God Wants Us to Wait,” “Andrew in Drag”), dark (“You’re Girlfriend’s Face”), and goofy (“Goin’ Back to the Country,” “All She Cares About Is Mariachi”). In many ways, this is classic Magnetic Fields. Scratchy textures, skittering rhythms, and synthesizers have replaced the guitars that dominated the past three releases, yet it seems like a natural progression. Love will surely please old fans.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Magnetic Fields return to their electropop roots (and their former home at Merge Records) for their 10th studio release, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. Fifteen short, synth-soaked songs in 34 minutes show off Stephin Merritt’s wordplay, wit, and gift for arrangement. Delivered in his distinctive sleepy deadpan manner, along with some quirky leads by Shirley Simms, these meditations on love and lust are catchy (“Quick!”), droll (“God Wants Us to Wait,” “Andrew in Drag”), dark (“You’re Girlfriend’s Face”), and goofy (“Goin’ Back to the Country,” “All She Cares About Is Mariachi”). In many ways, this is classic Magnetic Fields. Scratchy textures, skittering rhythms, and synthesizers have replaced the guitars that dominated the past three releases, yet it seems like a natural progression. Love will surely please old fans.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

MikeBirken ,

Get It!

Huge MF, Merritt, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, fan. If you are too, you'll love this album. I LOVE THE MAGNETIC FIELDS! I wish non-SXSW attendees could see them in Austin (this is why I cry). Get the album!

Maxwell Glindenbach ,

Good, just wish it had a little more feeling to it

I enjoyed every song on here and found them all to be fun to sing along to. The subject matter is amusing/interesting and stays pretty fresh throughout, but there's something about this album that doesn't sit well with me... it's too mechanical maybe? There's a noticeable lack of depth, which I can't say for their past releases. I doubt stephin would mind though, and when I'm in the right mood I don't either.

Yolandi visser ,

I really love this, but .....

I have no idea why. The more I listen to it, the more I feel the need to listen to it. Buy this album!

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