69 Love Songs, Pt. 3

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
What you see is what you get with this sprawling concept set -- sort of. Magnetic Fields main man Stephin Merritt whose other projects include the 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and the Gothic Archies has indeed written 69 songs on the topic of love. He's also made the three CDs available individually or as a limited-edition box set a varied listen by utilizing four vocalists in addition to himself and by employing a variety of styles. Some songs are finely crafted show tunes, some are goofy asides, and some are straight-ahead, wistful pop songs that are in heavy radio rotation -- in some fair, parallel universe. Throughout the collection, Merritt's wordplay is either ...
See more details below
CD
$13.83
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $3.01   
  • New (4) from $8.20   
  • Used (1) from $3.01   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
What you see is what you get with this sprawling concept set -- sort of. Magnetic Fields main man Stephin Merritt whose other projects include the 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and the Gothic Archies has indeed written 69 songs on the topic of love. He's also made the three CDs available individually or as a limited-edition box set a varied listen by utilizing four vocalists in addition to himself and by employing a variety of styles. Some songs are finely crafted show tunes, some are goofy asides, and some are straight-ahead, wistful pop songs that are in heavy radio rotation -- in some fair, parallel universe. Throughout the collection, Merritt's wordplay is either artful, touching, or both, revealing why he's often called the Cole Porter of the underground. On "Love Is Like Jazz," Merritt casts his subject this way: "It's divine/ It's asinine/ It's depressing/ And it's almost entirely window dressing/ But it'll do." The instrumentation, both organic and synthetic, is simple and complements each song's style: chiming guitars here, new wavey keyboards there, and occasional touches of cello, ukulele, violin, or flute. Merritt initially conceived of 69 LOVE SONGS as a traveling revue performing 100 modern love songs. In fact, 69 will do.
All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
As the sprawling magnitude of its cheeky title suggests, 69 Love Songs is Stephin Merritt's most ambitious as well as most fully realized work to date, a three-disc epic of classically chiseled pop songs that explore both the promise and pitfalls of modern romance through the jaundiced eye of an irredeemable misanthrope. A true A-to-Z catalog of touchingly bittersweet love songs that runs the gamut from tender ballads to pithy folk tunes to bluesy vamps, the sheer scope of the record allows all of Merritt's musical personas to converge -- the regular use of guest vocalists recalls his work as the 6ths, the romantic fatalism suggests the Gothic Archies project, and the stately melodies evoke the Future Bible Heroes. The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, however -- for all of Merritt's scathing wit and icy detachment, there's a depth and sensitivity to these songs largely absent from his past work, and each one of these 69 tracks approaches l'amour from refreshing angles, galvanizing the love song form with rare sophistication and elegance. The third disc is even more eclectic than its predecessors, embracing everything from lush pop ballads the sumptuous "Busby Berkeley Dreams" to winsome folk songs "Acoustic Guitar" to Reich-ian tape constructions "Experimental Music Love". Still, even though each of 69 Love Songs' three discs is available separately, it was nevertheless conceived as a whole and is best absorbed as such, with all of its twists and turns taken in stride; despite its three-hour length the music boasts the craftsmanship and economy that remain the hallmarks of classic American pop songwriting, a tradition Merritt upholds even as he subverts the formula in new and brilliant ways.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 036172946822
  • Catalog Number: 29468
  • Sales rank: 160,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magnetic Fields Primary Artist
Christopher Ewen Theremin
Stephin Merritt Ukulele, Vocals
Sam Davol Flute, Cello
John Woo Banjo, Flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Cello
L.D. Beghtol Harmonium, Vocals
Claudia Gonson Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Human Whistle
Daniel Handler Accordion
Dudley Klute Vocals
Shirley Simms Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael English Logo
Stephin Merritt Producer
Eric Masunaga Engineer
Claudia Gonson Engineer
Jeff Lipton Engineer, Mastering
Charles Newman Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously