Obscurities

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
B-sides and rarities collections can often help give fans insight into their favorite artists' creative processes, or at the very least, provide either a light snack between releases or a post-retirement victory lap, but when an artist as prolific as Stephin Merritt decides to clean house, it can be a little daunting. Over the years, Merritt's seemingly endless supply of wry, melodic, basement electro-folk songs has required him to use multiple pseudonyms Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, nearly all which of make an appearance on Obscurities. At its best, the collection stirs some up left-field gems like "Forever and a Day" and "When You're Young ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
B-sides and rarities collections can often help give fans insight into their favorite artists' creative processes, or at the very least, provide either a light snack between releases or a post-retirement victory lap, but when an artist as prolific as Stephin Merritt decides to clean house, it can be a little daunting. Over the years, Merritt's seemingly endless supply of wry, melodic, basement electro-folk songs has required him to use multiple pseudonyms Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, nearly all which of make an appearance on Obscurities. At its best, the collection stirs some up left-field gems like "Forever and a Day" and "When You're Young and in Love," both of which were pulled from an unfinished musical called The Song from Venus, and the breezy Wasps' Nest outtake "Yet Another Girl."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855043029
  • Catalog Number: 430
  • Sales rank: 139,246

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephin Merritt Primary Artist
Stuart Moxham Vocals
Claudia Gonson Drums, Background Vocals
Shirley Simms Guitar, Vocals
Susan Anway Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom Rogers Engineer
Stephin Merritt Composer
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Shirley Simms Composer
Charles Newman Engineer
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