69 Love Songs Volume 1

June 8, 1999 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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4:16
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2:46
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2:41
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1:05
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2:22
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2:48
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3:43
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2:25
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1:11
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2:32
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2:42
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2:33
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0:58
30
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2:53
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0:58
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2:56
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0:58
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1:50
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3:07
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2:27
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4:59
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2:11


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 8, 1999
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Total Length: 55:55
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000U7VTT4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,652 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It feels and sounds good, which is exactly the best you want from an album.
Trey Allison
He matches musical genre to the message of the song and makes effortless transitions between each.
"mattjhemsley"
Merritt is a rock critic, and his songs sound like they were written by a rock critic.
Daniel Marcus

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Stephin Merrit is a poet, and the 69 Love Songs are a testament to his skill. In them he wades through the viscissitudes of love from many vantages. I can't decide between volume 1 and volume 3 as my favorite. Volume 1 of course is a logical starting point and contains simple, majestic tunes like #2 "I Don't Believe in the Sun," #6 "I Don't Want to Get Over You," #8 "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side," and #12 "The Book of Love" (I like the lyrics here a lot). The album contains not only marvelous lyricism but also appropriate instrumentation and ornamentation. The occasional electronic flourishes are reminiscent of the great Magnetic Fields release Holiday and provide just the right touch at times. Volume 1 of the 69 Love Songs is a recommended album for those who are new to the Magnetic Fields as well as long-time fans who haven't gotten into the box set yet.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By twinky buttspong on January 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
But this is great stuff. The lyrics are clear, funny and poignant. The melodies are smart and beautiful. You can't help but get a kick out of it, which is surprising for something so stark, minimalist, dark, and sad underneath. Your kids would probably love it, if you don't mind the occasional bleep word. I keep this one in the cd player in my kitchen so I can sing along while chopping up potatoes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
i bought "vol.1" on a whim, not really knowing what to expect and, well, let me put it this way: I'M BUYING VOLUMES 2 AND 3 FIRST THING TOMORROW. this is excellent stuff -- sort of sounds like a cross between leonard cohen and belle & sebastian, or maybe cole porter as produced by tom waits. i don't know. all i do know is that this is songwriting of a very high order with a keen sense of humor running throughout. i'm simply fascinated by this mysterious enigma. check it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Buche on June 5, 2007
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Wow. How did I ever miss this album. These guys are just the best. Sardonic, romantic, beautiful music, can't be bagged. This stuff is just not normal. It is very very American, very carolina, very beatnik cafe, very outdoor picnic, very replay in your room with the door shut. Real musicians, real instruments, real voices, adorable lyrics that are not predictable, I can't believe they are not famous. I guess I'm glad they're not. I want to keep them as a secret.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By alaska on August 3, 2003
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then disc one is probably the one to get. The ratio of brilliant to merely good songs is higher, perhaps, than on any other Magnetic Fields CD; favorites include "I Think I Need a New Heart," "Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side," and "All My Little Words," an irresistably hooky psuedo-bluegrass lament about the futility of clever songwriting (penned, of course, by pop music's supreme ironist). Come to think of it, if you buy disc one and you have any taste at all, you'll end up getting the others as well -- you might as well get the box set.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mattjhemsley" on July 17, 2003
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Today, when most pop songs are simple to the point of vapidity, both musically and lyrically, it is refreshing to find something like this album. Merritt blends perfectly the beautiful melodies with clever, witty lyrics as he explores all forms of love from the disguised lament of the ugly teenager and the hopelessness of the spurned lover to the joyous proclamations of those that have found true love. He matches musical genre to the message of the song and makes effortless transitions between each. The voices of the songs have true emotion in them and successfully vary in tone so as to augment the lyrics. Claudia Gonson's voice is beautiful and brilliant, constrasting nicely with Merritt's deep bass. My only complaint is that Claudia ought to sing more. To summarise as best I can, this music is poetry, philosophy and melody. It is dark and insightful, naive in places, cynical in others, but never depressing. A true masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can't imagine not wanting the whole box set, but if you really only want to get 1/3 of this set, either for yourself or as a gift for someone, I would definitely recommend Vol.1. It has the catchiest songwriting and the most easily accessible melodies. Start here!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
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I really enjoyed this album. It's really different, quirky, trippy [choose a pertinent adjective]. I am not, perhaps, the most cool and in the know person to talk to about music, so I had never heard of The Magnetic Fields before. I was reading a review of the new Belle & Sebastian release FOLD YOUR HANDS... (which I liked, too ~ though perhaps not as much) and there was review suggesting TMF, so I bought it and was positively surprised. I just bought Vls. 2 and 3. Stephen Merritt is a really gifted songwriter/performer and I will definitely be looking for his work with the Gothic Archies, etc. He reminds me of Morrissey, somewhat, but better and not as smug. Some of the highlights of Vl. 1 are I Don't Believe In The Sun, Chicken With It's Head Cut Off, Nothing Matters When We're Dancing, etc. The only songs out of the 23 that I didn't like were Reno Dakota and How F*cking Romantic.
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