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1995 release from this Indie/Electropop band led by singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0000019O4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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By Ryan Hennessy on March 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Stephin Merritt refines the Magnetic Fields sound on Get Lost. Where on previous albums, nearly all the sounds were produced by synthesizers with the occasional cello or guitar. Here, many songs use things like drums, a ukulele and banjo to flesh things out further. This flirting with traditional instruments lead eventually to 69 Love Songs.
Again, the songs are perfect pop songs, catchy as anything, but still sounding unpolished and scratchy. And once again, they're all love songs, with Merritt using what seemed to be his favorite love song gimmick, the moon, in not one, not two, but three song titles! There's "You and Me and The Moon," "Save a Secret for the Moon," and "The Dreaming Moon." Merritt's songwriting is also typically smart and ironic, with the usual assortment of bitter characters in the songs themselves.
So what sets this apart from other Magnetic Fields' releases? Well... not much. Everything Merritt has written for the Magnetic Fields has been in the same vein but he manages to make it all sound vastly different. And on this record especially, the songs are upbeat despite their lyrics. It's not as immediately lovable as Holiday, but it's definitely closer to that than Charm of the Highway Strip or their first two releases. How anyone could not like Magnetic Fields is beyond me.
The album gets off to a rip-roaring start with a wall of synthesizers in "Famous" and Merritt nearly yelling his lyrics, "I know you've tried / I know you've cried / I know you've died / A little inside." But still the sheer loudness and throbbing of "Famous" doesn't prepare you for "The Desperate Things You Do," one of my favorites. It's beyond anything else the Magnetic Fields have released in terms of bitterness. It's almost hateful.
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By Tyler Quagmire on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It really is a pity that such a great album is over looked by more popular albums such as 69 Love Songs and various other Magnetic Field CDs. The thing is that a nasty rumor shot around the world that this album was their worst one ever. I don't really think that's true. In truth, I think it's one of their best. Get Lost is a mix of electrical pop, techno and rock songs all of which are pure Magnetic Field music. This album concentrates more around fast, quick moving songs with an extremely high catchy level.

"Famous" is a classical rock song, and it's extremely catchy. Though the lyrics aren't as emotional or as romantic as others, they're just as good. "The Desperate Things You Made Me Do" is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. It's a techno song that deals with being angry at a loved one who broke hearts and such.

"Smoke And Mirrors" was a haunting pop song, giving off an eerie effect. "With Whom To Dance?"- The smooth, refreshing electrical sound of soft electrical insturments with a ukulele involved. Beautiful song. "You And Me And The Moon" is an electrical pop song. It's loud, fast music is very hypnotic, and would be the perfect song to sing for your new boyfriend/girlfriend on your first date.

"Don't Look Away" is a dark, creepy sound similar to "Smoke And Mirrors", but a heck of a lot better. And I love "Save A Secret For The Moon". It has a very odd sound, and is, like "You And Me And The Moon", very hypnotic, but less electrical and a tad bit slower. "Why I Cry" is another one of my favorite songs by them. It's a slow, electrical indie rock song that has weeping lyrics. "Love Is Lighter Than Air" is very similar to "You And Me And The Moon". If there had to be one song on Get Lost that would represent it, this one would be it.
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This is the band's last leap in development on the way to the epic, critically acclaimed, universally admired 69 Love Songs 3-CD original music boxset that put them on top of the indie music world. Get Lost shows the band's confidence reaching new levels of strength, the songs better crafted than ever and Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson shining throughout. If you're a fan of Stephin Merritt and don't have this CD, believe me, it is special. "All the Umbrellas in London" is a standout track.
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By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album tops my list of favourites. At times hopeful, others despairing, it is the best of the melancholic sweet low-fi indie pop. A perfect introduction to all things Stephin Merritt. Beautiful, alluring, bopping, swaggering, moving and pure.
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Of the pre-'69 Love Songs' Magnetic Fields albums, this one is the most frequently overlooked. Perhaps because it doesn't overtly have the thematic unity of the earlirer TMF albums ('Holiday'=mostly songs about leisure, '...Highway Strip'=mostly songs about travel, 'House of Tomorrow'=experimental "loop" songs) some feel it doesn't pack the same punch... I say it's simply a collection of great popsongs that serves as a perfect example of what to expect from a Stephin Merrit album.
The album jumps from great song to great song without any weak spots. "Love Is Lighter Than Air," "You & Me & the Moon," "All the Umbrellas In London," "With Whom To Dance"... all catchy, clever, well-constructed pop songs that are (in my opinion) damn near flawless.
One of the best albums from one of the best bands of the decade.
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