69 Love Songs, Pt. 2

69 Love Songs, Pt. 2

by Magnetic Fields


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69 Love Songs, Pt. 2

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/1999
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0036172946723
catalogNumber: 29467
Rank: 125994

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Magnetic Fields   Primary Artist
Christopher Ewen   Multi Instruments
Stephin Merritt   Mandolin,Violin,Keyboards,Sitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Zither,Saw,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Sam Davol   Flute,Cello
John Woo   Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
L.D. Beghtol   Vocals
Claudia Gonson   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Daniel Handler   Accordion,Keyboards
Dudley Klute   Vocals
Shirley Simms   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael English   Logo
Christopher Ewen   Arranger,Engineer
Stephin Merritt   Producer
Eric Masunaga   Engineer
Jon Berman   Engineer
Claudia Gonson   Arranger,Engineer
Daniel Handler   Arranger
Charles Newman   Engineer

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