CD 69 Love Songs, Pt. 3 (CD 176469),
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69 Love Songs, Pt. 3
2. It's a Crime
3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
4. I'm Sorry I Love You
5. Acoustic Guitar
6. Death of Ferdinand de Saussure, The
7. Love in the Shadows
8. Bitter Tears
9. Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget
10. Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
11. Experimental Music Love
13. Love Is Like a Bottle of Gin
14. Queen of the Savages
15. Blue You
16. I Can't Touch You Anymore
17. Two Kinds of People
18. How to Say Goodbye
19. Night You Can't Remember, The
20. For We Are the King of the Boudoir
21. Strange Eyes
22. Xylophone Track
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 168
Also available as part of 69 LOVE SONGS, a 3-CD box set on Merge (169).
The Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt (vocals, acoustic, electric, classical, & steel guitars, ukelele, mandolin, violin, penny whistle, recorder, melodica, acoustic & electric pianos, organ, keyboards, synthesizers, acoustic & electric percussion); Claudia Gonson (vocals, guitar, piano, drums, percussion, whistling); John Woo (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Sam Davol (cello, flute); Daniel Handler (accordion).
Additional personnel: LD Beghtol (vocals, harmonium); Dudley Klute, Shirley Simms (vocals); Chris Ewen (various instruments, theremin).
Engineers include: Charles Newman, Chris Ewen, Claudia Gonson.
Personnel: Claudia Gonson (vocals, whistling, piano, drums, percussion); Stephin Merritt (vocals, ukulele); L.D. Beghtol (vocals, harmonium); Shirley Simms, Dudley Klute (vocals); John Woo (guitar, banjo, mandolin, cello, flute, accordion); Sam Davol (cello, flute); Daniel Handler (accordion); Christopher Ewen (Theremin).
Recording information: Mother West; Polar Mother And Sonics; Polar West, Mother West, Polar.
Photographer: Don Gonson.
The most understated and melancholy of the three volumes of 69 LOVE SONGS, this album includes some of the most emotionally affecting music of singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt's productive and varied career, hitting an early high point with the heart-wrenching piano ballad "Busby Berkeley's Dreams." As on the other volumes of 69 LOVE SONGS, eight of these 23 songs are sung by singers other than Merritt, with Shirley Simms, Dudley Klute, L.D. Beghtol, and Magnetic Fields drummer/keyboardist Claudia Gonson each taking two leads. Simms' multilayered "I'm Sorry I Love You" and Beghtol's near-operatic "For We Are the King of the Boudoir" are particular highlights, but the mordantly humorous call-and-response of Gonson and Merritt on the brilliant "Yeah! Oh Yeah!" is one of the highlights of the entire three-volume set, as is Merritt's deadpan Celtic folk parody "Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget." The CD is available by itself or as part of the three-CD box set.
Spin (10/99, p.154) - 10 out of 10 - "...a grand gesture and a brilliant joke; art about the most personal emotion stamped out in bulk; and a love offering in its own right....pop has not seen a lyricist of [Stephin] Merritt's kind and caliber since Cole Porter..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/19/99, p.150) - "...69 elegant observations by a pop master, employing myriad genres, instruments, and neuroses. All charm, but by set's end, you're ready for more." - Rating: A
Alternative Press (11/99, p.109) - 4 out of 5 - "...against all odds it shines form beginning to end....[Stephin] Merritt's most ambitious, eccentric and eclectic recording to date..."
CMJ (1/10/00, p.5) - Ranked #16 in CMJ's "Top 30 Editorial Picks [for 1999] - "...a reminder that a finely rendered pop song, no matter how cynical, can approach the status of art."
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