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Audio, Cassette, March 21, 1995
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  • Audio Cassette (March 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B00000ERZX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. San Diego Zoo
2. Aging Spinsters
3. All Dressed up in Dreams
4. Falling Out of Love (With You)
5. Winter in July
6. Pillow Fight
7. Dream Hat
8. Movies in My Head
9. In the City in the Rain
10. Looking for Love (In the Hall of Mirrors)
11. Heaven in a Black Leather Jacket
12. Here in My Heart
13. Puerto Rico Way
14. You Can't Break a Broken Heart
15. When I'm Out of Town

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This has to be one of the best albums of all time.
Ron Heck
To my mind, no one of his cds works totally - but the best of each one is about as good as pop music can possibly get.
P. Blanton
On the one hand I bought both the Magnetic Fields' 69 LOVE SONGS and The 6ths WASPS' NESTS at the same time.
Robert Moore

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kurt on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you have listened to all the Magnetic Fields albums and are interested in some of Stephin's side projects, this is the album to get. I would describe it as a cross between the lush melodies of "Get Lost" and the techno edge of "Holiday." The different vocalists add to the album's high level of listening pleasure. Plus, there are some songs here which rank among the best Magnetic Fields songs. "Heaven in a Black Leather Jacket" and "Falling Out of Love (With You)" are standouts with everything else ranking close behind.
This is a great album to get if you have worn out your CD player with "69 Love Songs" and are thirsty for more Merritt.
PS - The Future Bible Heroes is 80s technopop overdrive (also recommended) while the Gothic Archies EP is weird, slightly inconsistent but still has some high points.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pop Kulcher on September 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Pop Kulcher Review: Stephin Merritt writes sensitive pop-poetry, and his band, the Magnetic Fields, has put out some albums of melodic ditties with lovelorn lyrics and lo-fi (primarily synthesizer-driven) instrumentation. But far better is this one-shot effort as The 6ths (the band name & album title were chosen as a tongue-twister: try saying it out loud), in which Merritt turns over vocal duties to a Who's Who of alternative rock heroes (including Dean Wareham of Luna, Lou Barlow of Sebadoh, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo, Robert Scott of the Bats, Mitch Easter, Barbara Manning, etc.). So the album manages to sound a bit like a cover-song compilation, with Merritt's sweet melodies, quiet keyboards and guitars, and simple but moving lyrics being the constants holding the whole thing together. It's a lush treat that should not be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By race_of_doom on February 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
These sixteen songs are so wonderfully catchy, so beautifully composed, so attractive in a good poppy way, that they'll stick in your head for years. I'm living proof -- I first heard these songs in early 2000, and I'm still humming "Movies In My Head." Four years. Believe me, these songs just simply never, ever get old! It's pretty weird, but it's completely true.
Stephin Merritt is a genius. He's probably the most prolific songwriter out there right now (or was, considering Ryan Adams... ugh) that also consistently writes compelling, interesting, and wonderful music. "69 Love Songs" is a great example.
For this release, he somehow found fifteen of the greatest indie vocalists around. Barbara Manning, Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh), Georgia Hubley (of Yo La Tengo), Mac MacCaughan (of Superchunk -- he also runs Merge Records, home of many Magnetic Fields releases), Mark Robinson (of Unrest -- he also runs the wonderful TeenBeat label), Amelia Fletcher (of Heavenly), Dean Wareham (of indie heroes Galaxie 500), Mary Timony (of Helium), and more -- including himself. It's just simply astounding.
If you have any sense, do yourself a favor and purchase this album. It's worth every single penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Whitfeld on July 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The cult-ish alternative art-music world is very protective of its undisputed icons. It makes an almost sickly-sweet sense, therefore, that the genius of Stephen Merritt is relegated solely to the depths of the bristling underground.
Merritt has several bands. The most visible, perhaps, is the Magnetic Fields, whose breathtaking "69 Love Songs", the triple-disc salute to just that, re-defined the concept of lo-fi art pop, as it seemingly re-designed the basic love song, and created a Morrissey-style following.
Merritt has other bands: the Gothic Archies, the Future Bible Heroes, and the 6ths. While the 6ths have a more recent release, the titles always swooning with alliteration, "Hyacinths and Thistles" a strange cabaret-style collection of lonely lullabies and longings, it is "Wasps Nests" that seems the prequel to the brilliance of "69 Love Songs" and in many ways remains its brooding antithesis.
The songs on this album are invariably about breaking up, having the flame die and eventually go out, leaving only a thin wisp of smoke in its place. They subvert basic rhythm and song structure by having poppy, up-tempo melodies, which makes the cutting lyrics that much more comical: "...Every kiss means less and less...I'm falling out of love with you!"
Merritt has always displayed his strengths as a producer, arranger, musician, and Oscar Wildean songwriter for the modern world. Increasingly over time, Merritt has taken on the vocal duties as well. His low droning baritone is not for all tastes. But Merritt himself sings only one song here, the quirky "Aging Spinsters" while he delegates the other 14 tracks to various superstars of the indie-rock scene, such as Robert Scott, Barbara Manning, and Lou Barlow, most of whom sound exactly like Merritt. I personally like Merritt's voice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee M. Brenning, brenning@ntcnet.com on February 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Virtually every song on this album could stand on its own as a simple pop single, but below the surface lies a complexity of emotion. An underlying atmosphere of sadness colors most the tracks, but they are far from depressing. With a different vocalist on each song, it's like reading the private thoughts of a room full of alienated lovers. Each one glows in its own tragic light.
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