Listen Now
Go Unlimited
Start your 30-day free trial
Listen to any song, anywhere with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn More
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).

  
Free Shipping for Prime Members
FREE Shipping on orders over $25—or get FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Distortion has been added to your Cart

Ship to:
To see addresses, please
or
Please enter a valid US zip code.
or
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Zoverstocks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Distortion

3.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Amazon Music
Distortion
"Please retry"
Amazon Music Unlimited
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, January 15, 2008
"Please retry"
$13.98
$6.50 $1.98
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Trade in. Get paid. Go shopping.
$13.98 Free Shipping for Prime Members
FREE Shipping on orders over $25—or get FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently bought together

  • Distortion
  • +
  • Realism
  • +
  • I
Total price: $37.63
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

2008 album from singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt and co. Distortion features the brilliant melodies and wry lyrics that Merritt has long been praised for, but, as the album title suggests, he serves them up with a twist. If the late, great Cole Porter had somehow been resurrected just in time to appear at the Coachella Indie Rock fest, the results might sound something like this: small, ironic tales of love and woe startlingly enveloped in layers of live feedback that recall the noisy Pop provocations of legendary Scottish quartet The Jesus and Mary Chain. As album producer, Merritt takes a completely novel approach to his deployment of feedback, going well beyond mere fuzzed-out guitar to incorporate cello, piano and accordion into his mad-scientist mix. What he's conjured up is a gorgeous drone that reverberates over the length of 13 tunes. It's like hearing a great three-minute Pop classic from someone else's car radio in the middle of a traffic jam: melodic bliss surfacing above the din.

About the Artist

Fans of the Jesus and Mary Chain will surely be thrilled with Distortion, which lives up to its title in the first few seconds of the jovial opener, "Three Way." The entire album is awash in a bed of feedback and noise sharp enough to match bandleader/Svengali Stephen Merritt's notoriously wry lyrical jabs. In its willful obfuscation of simple melodies, Distortion recalls MF's earlier, more electronic, more reverb-soaked output. Of course, Merritt's songs could probably work with any arrangement, cacophonous or otherwise. His lyrics and succinct melodies survive the treatment, and his inner Cole Porter remains intact. "California Girls" features regular collaborator Shirley Simms cheerily plotting a battle-axe attack on some of the more blonde and plastic elements of California society (Simms handles vocal duties on about half the tunes here). "Mr. Mistletoe" is an anti-carol with a forlorn Merritt attaching his romantic betrayal to various holiday symbols. "Too Drunk to Dream" is classic Merritt, with an upbeat but down-on-its-luck refrain: "I gotta get too drunk to dream / Because I only dream of you." Drenched in distortion, MF's now-expected acoustic instruments--cello, piano, accordion--create some remarkable textures. Merritt and crew remain full of songs and surprises, and in finding their ability to make a ruckus, have created an inarguably singular offering. --Jason Pace

Stream Distortion by The Magnetic Fields and tens of millions of other songs on all your devices with Amazon Music Unlimited. Exclusive discount for Prime members.
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
3:00
Listen Now $1.29
 
2
30
3:00
Listen Now $1.29
 
3
30
3:00
Listen Now $1.29
 
4
30
2:40
Listen Now $1.29
 
5
30
2:57
Listen Now $1.29
 
6
30
3:00
Listen Now $1.29
 
7
30
2:49
Listen Now $1.29
 
8
30
2:58
Listen Now $1.29
 
9
30
3:02
Listen Now $1.29
 
10
30
3:04
Listen Now $1.29
 
11
30
2:58
Listen Now $1.29
 
12
30
3:03
Listen Now $1.29
 
13
30
2:59
Listen Now $1.29
 

Product details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000YCLRBU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,315 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Amazon's The Magnetic Fields Store

Music

Image of album by The Magnetic Fields
Visit Amazon's The Magnetic Fields Store
for 20 albums, discussions, and more.

Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

on March 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on February 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on January 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on February 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on March 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on February 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
VINE VOICEon July 1, 2015
Format: Audio CD
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most recent customer reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Distortion
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Distortion



Pages with related products. See and discover other items: marble plate, cubicle desk, blank plaque, door tag, door tags, bicycle mugs