69 Love Songs, Pt. 3

69 Love Songs, Pt. 3

by Magnetic FieldsMagnetic Fields


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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: 0036172946822
catalogNumber: 168
Rank: 83422


  1. Underwear
  2. It's a Crime
  3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
  4. I'm Sorry I Love You
  5. Acoustic Guitar
  6. The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure
  7. Love in the Shadows
  8. Bitter Tears
  9. Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget
  10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  11. Experimental Music Love
  12. Meaningless
  13. Love Is Like a Bottle of Gin
  14. Queen of the Savages
  15. Blue You
  16. I Can't Touch You Anymore
  17. Two Kinds of People
  18. How to Say Goodbye
  19. The Night You Can't Remember
  20. For We Are the King of the Boudoir
  21. Strange Eyes
  22. Xylophone Track
  23. Zebra

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
Charles Newman   Engineer

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