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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Unknown
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005UNBE
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Stephin Merritt is the mastermind behind The Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, The 6ths and Gothic Archies. "Eban & Charley" is a film which Merritt wrote entirely new songs as well as a few select covers.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By KRossHoff@aol.com on February 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Despite his knack for coming up with some of the best band names on record (besides the flagship MagFields,
there's the Future Bible Heroes, the Gothic Archies, and 6ths), Stephin has decided to resort to his
birth moniker for the first time on his latest release.
That's not the only thing that makes this unusual for a Stephin Merritt record. After a simple
thirty-second piano introduction, the first appreciable track, "Cricket Problem," is not properly
a song at all, but a sort of interlude comprised entirely of mechanical whirs and rattles and the sounds of baby toys,
interrupted occasionally with a stumpy drum machine. This is quickly followed by a more typical piece, a downcast folky
tune about postponed love, but similarly odd, 'experimental' tracks continue throughout the majority of the album.
Naturally, the preponderance of instrumentals and mood pieces (including dulcimer-sounding renditions of
"Greensleeves" and "O Tannenbaum") is due to the fact that this is a soundtrack. (The film, set for release in July,
apparently chronicles "unflinchingly" an intergenerational Gay relationship between a fifteen-year-old and an
"ex-soccer coach," who sounds like a real loser.) It's hard to know if Merritt put together the instrumental fragments to
augment and justify the inclusion of his other songs in the movie, or if he was more interested in experimenting with
filmic incidentals and included the pop tunes out of obligation to his fans. Though there's nothing wrong with the
instrumentals (they work quite nicely as background music and lend an interesting flow to the album), I suspect that
most people are more interested in the songs. There are six of them, and they are very much worth your time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on February 13, 2002
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Stephin Merritt's evocative score for Eban and Charley is a musique concrete version of his others projects (Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, etc.). The instrumentals are tinkling, childlike backdrops incorporating the sounds of crickets, music boxes, toy pianos, rain storms, etc., fitting for a film about the relationship between a 29-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy. The lyrical songs feature a muted version of Merritt's grand irony and romanticism - again, in keeping with the film's clear-eyed depiction of its touchy subject matter. Whether or not the relationship in the film is consummated, the longing in these songs is palpable, painful. Merritt's dry croak of a singing style - an old man's voice married to a young man's idealistic view of love - is creepy in this context, and all the more convincing for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChurchOfJesusChrist.Net on June 23, 2012
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Well, I just finished listening to the whole album twice for the first time, and wanted to record my thoughts while they're fresh.

Warnings:
1. If you are feeling lonely, listening to this album will only make that worse. If that was the musical point of the soundtrack, it succeeds at least there.

2. This album is pock-marked with "noise" tracks--recordings which not aren't even "songs", they arguably don't rise to the level of "music". And I'm not talking about your dad saying rap music isn't "music", I mean literally, not music, just noise--often without even any form or rythm. If you've heard "experimental" music, some of this exceeds that in pointlessness. Not only that, most of the noise tracks seem redundant to each other. We're not talking about something listenable and enjoyable, like the cash register sounds which come before Pink Floyd's "Money", either.

3. I haven't seen the movie, and just about all I know if it that it's about a romantically tense relationship between a 15-year old boy and an adult man. But the noise tracks seem to try to hearken to an age of "toddler plus", with the toys Stephin uses as noise props. So, unless there are flashbacks in the movie to this boy's early childhood, even with what I know, it's sonically inappropriate, fully admitting I don't fully know the context. The sounds are made with things like wooden blocks and buzzing young kids' games. I'm not sure what kind of sounds you'd use to signify mid-teen years, and if I could it probably wouldn't be polite to list them here, but I don't think that excuses it.

4. Not all the "music" tracks are songs. Some are just short instrumental phrases. Which leads me to #5.

5.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "sde10" on September 20, 2002
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This soundtrack contains both the songs and the background music from the movie and of it's 16 tracks, ten are the latter. Further, the background music is mostly experiemental and, in my opinion, not particularly interesting. Some of the six songs are great, though. I love "This little ukelele.' More than any other song on this album, it sounds like a Magnetic Fields tune and ranks among Stephen Merritt's best. "Poppyland" and "Some Summer Day" are also strong songs with all of Merritt's emotion. "Water Torture," on the other hand, is truly torture.
Stephen Merritt fans should definately buy this CD. If you don't know if you're a Stephen Merritt fan, buy "Get Lost", "Distant Plastic Trees" and "69 Love SOngs" buy the Magnetic Fields first and then buy this once you fall in love those CDs. (Of course, even then, you'll want to buy some othe Stephen Merritt CDs first.)
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