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  • Audio CD (April 18, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0000019MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1994 release, the fourth album from this Indie/Electropop outfit led by singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt. Its title, lyrics and musical styling are a nod to Country music, though the songs of Stephin Merritt remain rooted in classic pop and synthesizers. Virtually every song deals with roads and travel - and several songs' lyrics implicitly reference vampires.

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Sweet and sour, incurably romantic, and deeply misanthropic, Magnetic Fields' mastermind Stephin Merritt is a one-of-a-kind voice in modern lo-fi pop. This 1994 outing is a bit of a departure, with Merritt taking his trademark ABBA-styled Casio-pop for a spin in the country--literally. Awash in lush, Nashville-ready production, songs like the doleful "Lonely Highway" (which encompasses snatches of the Lee Hazelwood classic "Jackson") and "Born on a Train" are nothing short of thrilling. But much of this particular stretch of the Fields is lacking in charm, since Merritt's wry stance chafes a bit too hard against the guileless melodies. Completists may feel compelled to take a ride, but novices should probably stick to the more urbane journeys offered by Holiday and Distant Plastic Trees. --David Sprague

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The album really works as a whole and I high recommend it to anyone who loves music.
Zachary Mays
His lyrics are also smart and moving, even when, as with the 69 Love Songs trio, he insists on claiming they're ironic or meta.
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Plus, the keyboards really do sound very good for the most part, and serve the songs well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "catastrophewaitress" on January 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Seriously, if you are a magnetic fields fan, BUY THIS. You may not prefer the more dark, country, sound of this album as opposed to the often springy 69 love songs, but i guarantee you, there is no way not to fall in love with this album. By my second listen, this album was already sacred to me, and right now it is sitting in its case after my last spurt of listenings, waiting patiently until the time is right for me to take it out again. My nightmare would be to overplay this album. Stephen Merrit's low voice will make you feel lonely as he sings of a girl's fear of trains, or a lonesome highway, but at the same time he soothes you, in making you too feel like an explorer on some vast, endless highway. The songs on this album make you feel that while you may be lonely, it's an almost noble thing to be.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Lattin on May 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I will shamelessly say that Stephan Merritt's voice soaring sadly with the lyrics "your eyes are the mesa verde/big and brown and far away" never fail to cause the little sharp pricklings behind my eyes that are the precursors of tears. This album makes me want nothing more than to drive the miles of lonely roads that these songs deal with so beautifully, in a pair of cowboy boots and a sunburn. Merritt has never sounded better, his thick voice wrapping the lyrics in warm wooly blankets of sound and not twanging too much over what are really country songs with a few indy rock effects thrown in for good measure. And why not mix country with indy rock? It's pure americana, baby, and it makes me homesick like a motha.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
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Most people who listen to the Magnetic Fields tend to prefer Stephin Merritt's more pop-oriented releases like HOLIDAY or DISTANT PLASTIC TREES/THE WAYWARD BUS. True, Merritt excels at creating beautiful ABBAesque homemade songs and often resembles a modern-day Phil Spector. However, THE CHARM OF THE HIGHWAY STRIP is unquestionably my favorite Magnetic Fields release. It is likely due to the consistent travel theme throughout -- a cohesiveness that lacks in his previous efforts. If you are looking for catchy singles, I'd suggest the other albums -- they offer some great immediate fixes. But if you are like me, and prefer the complexities of a forty-minute mini-concept album, this one is for you. It is a gorgeous collection of dark songs combined with the Stephin Merritt's usual wit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
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Don't be fooled by the number of times 'ABBA' is repeated in the reviews of this CD--there's a fair dose of Leonard Cohen here too. There's a really satisfying intellectualism to Stephen Merrit's music that he never pushes into anything pretentious--it's especially pronounced in The Charm of the Highway Strip. This album combines cynicism and wonderment with both the hokiest and the most authentic aspects of American musical culture. It's a great expression of how it feels to spend your life on a massive, paved continent, where (whether you like it or not) your most important relationships are with vehicles and roads. Definitely worth hearing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam McConnaughey on October 27, 2001
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"After all those days/ on godforsaken highways/ the roads don't love you/ and they still won't pretend to" has got to be one of the best choruses ever in any song. Stephin Merritt has got to be one of the best songwriters around. And "The Charm of the Highway Strip" has got to be one of his best efforts. These songs about life on the "Lonely Highway" may all be sad, but they're all good. He meshes the oddly uncheesy blips of cheap keyboards with cello and guitar in the same beautiful way he always has, but this time it seems to have more meaning. He covers love, the expansion of the west, and above all, traveling, but the overall effect is the one described in the chorus to another gorgeous song, which goes "When the open road is closing in/ and the dotted yellow lines begin to spin."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert Brown on April 17, 2008
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I'm relatively new to the Magnetic Fields: I picked up their new CD Distortion about a month ago and was impressed. Then I ordered 7 other Magnetic Fields CD's and I was a little taken aback. They didn't have the almost Jesus and Mary Chain noise of Distortion. But soon I adjusted to the quirky pop sound of the Magnetic Fields and this CD quickly became my favorite. The Amazon reviewer is an idiot: "But much of this particular stretch of the Fields is lacking in charm, since Merritt's wry stance chafes a bit too hard against the guileless melodies." It a very quirky country sound, full of longing and ache and wry melancholy, and the CD is held together very tightly by the controlling metaphor of the road. I buy tons of CD's and this one is going to be one of my favorite purchases of 2008. I'm wondering how I've missed listening the the Magnetic Fields for all these years!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Mays on October 27, 2010
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The Magnetic Fields have released many good albums, and most people know them for their 3 disc concept album 69 Love Songs. However while most people have hailed that album as their masterpiece, I would really have to say that The Charm of the Highway Strip is a better album, with a more cohesive concept. It is one of those rare albums where every song is amazing, and I often find myself listening to it, going to a certain track and getting caught up into listening the whole album again. I fear I will somehow over play it because I listen to it so much, I must stop.
The album is essentially an homage to country music without having the production of country. It is also an homage to American road travel and sort of explores the characters of American culture, including several songs directly referencing vampires or narrated by vampires. The album really works as a whole and I high recommend it to anyone who loves music. If you want to get into The Magnetic Fields, I suggest falling in love with them, with this album
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