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Playful, tender and beautifully variegated
on August 23, 2002
I was recently reminded that I used to listen to The Magnetic Fields by a friend, and popped over to Amazon to pick up "69 Love Songs," from which I had previously heard just a few tracks. Stephin Merritt is in high form here, with his collection of love songs originally written with a revue-style show in mind. Although quality sometimes suffers in the name of quantity, there are many strong tracks on this compilation, full of trademark musical experimentation, haunting bass crooning and beautiful female vocals as well. Merritt writes about love and loss with both clarity and humor, ranging from the sweet and longing "Come Back From San Francisco" to the Bridget Jones-ish "Reno Dakota" lamenting the playboy who never calls back. Fans of the Fields will be thrilled to have so much material, recorded and written, in this box set; those new to the band will no doubt find plenty from which to make their own compilation tape or CD for more frequent consumption.