- Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Kindercore Records
- ASIN: B00005NWOF
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Where Psyche Meets Cupid
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Coates actually has a lot in common with another guy who shares his first name, Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. Just like 69 Love Songs had everything to do with love, so does this album. And just like Merritt writes songs that almost sound like they could've been written decades ago if it weren't for his modern sense of humor, Coates doesn't seem like he was born for these days either. For the most part, these are love songs in the classic sense. They don't mince words. They go straight for the heart, hitting whatever cliches might be in the way. It's the music that gives the words sincerity.
"Am I In Love?" an obvious choice for a single, has some catchy horn and scat samples and says things like "Love makes you a date / Takes you to some wonderful place / Love fills it plate / And leaves you to pay." Is Stephen in love just with his love or with the idea of love? It becomes more clear as the album progresses that it's probably the latter. The album features a lot of sad love songs, a fair share of instrumentals, and just like the Magnetic Fields box set, not many clearly happy love songs where everything turns out okay.Read more ›
What distinguishes him from other insecure romantics like Belle and Sebastian or Stephin Merritt is his voice: he half-whispers his way through much of his songs, sitting slightly off-key on some notes, sounding both young and old, both jaded and hopeful, like Syd Barrett channelling Billie Holiday. Pop this album into your walkman and the album becomes truly intimate, as if you had tuned into a radio broadcast from someone's living room -- a broadcast that perhaps had been floating around in the aether for decades. Brings a smile to my face every time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
oooh, a good album full of new ideas...it's actually an original-sounding record. well, the influences are obviously loungey-type golden oldies--the crooning stuff--but... Read morePublished on July 31, 2004 by Davy
I honestly want to like this album. I ordered it ages ago and waited forever for it. Well, I finally got it and... ehh. Read morePublished on January 8, 2004