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Love at the Bottom of the Sea

The Magnetic FieldsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Magnetic Fields return to the signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds they established in the 90s with Merge releases such as The Charm of the Highway Strip and Get Lost. Stephin Merritt has come back to synths with a fresh approach: "Most of the synthesizers on the record didn't exist when we were last using synthesizers," he notes. The songs none over three minutes long were recorded in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York with Merritt's usual cast of collaborators: Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, John Woo, Shirley Simms, Johny Blood and Daniel Handler.

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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scuba Gear Needed March 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I think there are ultimately two good songs on this album ("Andrew in Drag" and "Quick") which are the band's first two singles off the record, and two strong tunes for the MF canon. "Andrew in Drag" is a sad but wry little number about a straight guy who falls for his friend in drag, a doomed romance that can never be, as the subject of all his affection is basically an apparition:

"...The moment he walked on the stage
My tail began to wag
Wag like a little wiener dog for
Andrew in drag..."

The rest of the album sounds like a Lemony Snickety-Gothic Archies-Future Bible Heroes bunch of B-sides; a bizarre underground children's musical that was never produced. I don't know what they're going for on this one, but I can't get into it, and it isn't all a pleasure to sit through, quite frankly. The title of the record itself seems cold and ironic, since nothing on the record seems to reference it, and it seems to have been written and recorded in the basement of an aquarium. Weak Magnetic Fields songs serve only as an uncomfortable reminder that Merritt isn't the most charismatic of vocalists, and his sunset days might be better spent writing lyrics in the drafty upstairs loft of a German opera house.

Merritt's signature curmudgeonly zingers are in the right places, but something just doesn't coalesce. As a whole, the music feels tired and a tad lazy. I've felt iffy about their last couple of efforts, but this time I'm downright disappointed. It can be argued the band peaked with synth pop ("Holiday"), with songwriting ("69 Love Songs") with clever arrangements ("i") and with fuzzy, shoegazy rock ("Distortion"). So what's left for the Magnetic Fields?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen for yourself, not to the negative reviews April 5, 2012
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Is this the best Magnetic Fields album ever? No. Is it the "Best MF album since..."? That's nearly impossible to judge since virtually every album in the group's catalogue is so wildly divergent from the one before it. That being said, the sound of "Love at the Bottom of the Sea" is very much in line with 1995's "Get Lost," which happens to be my favorite album from the Magnetic Fields. (I guess, then, that you can take this review with a grain of salt for that very reason.)

So, what's left to do? I guess we should judge the album as its own work and the songs on their own merits.

1.) "God Wants Us to Wait" is a very funny take-down of the current environment of sexual politics and religion. In the same vein as "We Are Having a Hootenanny" from "Realism," this track has a memorable, thumping backbeat that makes it a very strong opener for the album.

2.) "Andrew in Drag" is Mr. Merritt in prime lyrical form. The sound is vintage Magnetic Fields - in a very good way.

3.) "Your Girlfriend's Face" is, admittedly, my favorite track. A hilarious contemplation of hiring an assassin for an ex and his present girlfriend, the entire lyrical line is so focused in being unhinged that you need to listen again to make sure you did hear it right. You did.

I'm going to stop because I'm telling you what I think is good, which is rather against the point of my review. I find "Infatuation (With Your Gyration)," "Goin' Back to the Country," "My Husband's Pied-a-Terre," and "Quick!" are all very good tracks - better than the accusation of being nothing more than B-Sides, such as other reviewers have written.

Is this album made of five-star, solid-gold songs? No, but it's much better than people are making it out to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the beautiful basics June 13, 2014
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The Magnetic Fields created a monster with their epic and masterful three-disc "69 Love Songs" and though they have had their moments since, the concept-strapped albums which followed- "i", "Distortion", Realism"- never quite captured that spark again. Stephin Merritt, the mastermind behind not only the Fields but Future Bible Heroes (my favorite of his incarnations), the 6ths and the Gothic Archies, as well as his varied solo works, is at his songwriting best when it is kept simple and fun. His turn of phrases and humor, both witty and dark, are second to none in the indie world. "Love at the Bottom of the Sea" isn't tied to any concept (which makes it sound more like a bouncy Future Bible Heroes release) and is the better for it. It recaptures the easy joy of the pre-69LS albums and sounds fresh and reborn. Stand-out cuts are "God Wants Us To Wait", The Horrible Party", "Andrew in Drag" and "Quick!", though every song has its razor-sharp hook and punch line. If you're a fan but have not been tickled by the Fields' output since "69 Love Songs", I promise you this is a solid return to form and fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Love with the bottom of the sea. January 26, 2013
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Addicted to the "Quick!" video, (I've been watching it daily on Vulu) I had to own the "seed" from which it came. It doesn't disappoint. The songs are brilliantly constructed and extremely catchy. You get a sense of nostalgia from the album. I pick up on hints of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today. Buy it.
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By August
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I tried getting into '69 Love Songs Vol. 1' but just didn't get what the fervor was all about. I then forgot about MF. It wasn't until a friend on Facebook posted the partial lyrics of the song 'Andrew In Drag' as a comment response that I googled the lyrics to figure out who the group was. Lo & behold it lead me to a video of the song on utuber & I was hooked.

This is a very catchy, fun album. Love the lyrics which are often sarcastic & humorous(right down my alley). I love the diversity of the music as well, it gives my ears much to enjoy. Stephin Merritt's voice is quite an instrument & he uses it very effectively, mutating it in some cases to the point of not being recognizable. But that's all part of Merritt's charm. My only critique is that the songs are a bit too short. Just as you're getting into a song it's over. But it really is a minor criticism. Merritt really is a creative force to be reckoned with! And don't listen to the negative reviews, listen to the samples and judge for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
Great Music at a Great Value. You can't go wrong with a purchase of this collection. Delightful music at a bargain price.
Published 23 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album
You'd think Merrit would be out of ideas for love songs after making an album with 69 of them, but he can still work his magic. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Zap Rowsdower
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasticle
From the start this album was exactly what I hopes it would be. I have loved the magnetic fields for years and this album brought on the same feeling I got from when I first heard... Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by jgomez
3.0 out of 5 stars Voyage to See What's On The Bottom
Stephin Merritt tries to pop out with synth songs that stay short, have two vocal dimensions (squeaky voice or grumble drone), and run hot or cold. Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Record From The Magnetic Fields
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea is a fun, witty, well-written record like one would expect from The Magnetic Fields, I'd say it's well worth adding to your music collection.
Published on April 11, 2012 by Mark Abrahamsen
2.0 out of 5 stars B-Sides at Best
Skip it, this is ridiculous. Honestly the first MF album I've listened to that wasn't composed of 60% solid songs. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Matthew Case
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss, Mostly Miss
As a fan of Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields I would describe Love at the Bottom of the Sea as the more consistently downer version of the clever 69 Love Songs series (3... Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by David Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars How does he do it?
I always love Stephin Merritt's lyrics, and as always many of these songs are very catchy (My husband's Pied a Terre, The Machine in your hand, and Infatuation). Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Jessica Van Doren
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