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Magnetic Fields' fourth release, 1994's Holiday, was the first to be sung by Stephin Merritt, original lead singer Susan Anway having moved to Arizona from the duo's Massachusetts home. It's difficult to remember after several albums how profoundly odd Merritt's voice, a deep baritone with sleepy phrasing that vacillates mostly between the poles of deadpan wryness and romantic longing, sounded on first exposure. That voice is so perfect for Merritt's remarkable lyrical sense, however, with its striking imagery, Cole Porter-level rhymes, and mix of mordant wit and unabashed romanticism, that Holiday is in many ways the first true Magnetic Fields record. Early Magnetic Fields albums each had a specific and unique sound. Holiday has the flavor of early-'80s synth pop of the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (circa Architecture and Morality) stripe. The songs are melodic and immediately accessible, but with a chilly tone and a predilection for odd noises and unexpected accents. The songwriting is a huge leap beyond the first two Magnetic Fields albums, which have their share of gems but are unfortunately uneven. Every track here is a winner, with the percolating "Strange Powers" and the wistful "The Flowers She Sent and the Flowers She Said She Sent" the highest points. Merritt would eventually abandon this synth pop sound on Magnetic Fields records in favor of an increasingly acoustic and delicate feel, though his albums with Future Bible Heroes have a similarly electronic sheen.

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Solid Album from a phenomenal band.

"Painfully upbeat music meets absurdly depressing lyrics" is pretty much what the Magnetic Fields is all about. It sounds silly, but Stephen Merrit happens to be one of the best lyricists of his generation, so geez: it works. Musically, you really have to like this style of experimental indie synth-pop, as well as Merrit's unique low-velocity voice, so preview before you buy. This certainly isn't their best album (69 love songs is the true classic as well as the most accesible) and while its got some great lines and ideas, lacks the sort of standout tracks that would make it an essential.


One of my favorite MagField albums. The songs that aren't that good: "In My Car" "Torn Green Velvet Eyes" "Deep Sea Diving Suit" Best songs: "Desert Island" (by far) "Strange Powers" and "Sugar World"

I love this album and I can't stand Belle and Sabastian.

This may be my favorite album of all time. Every song has been my favorite at least once and I've heard this CD in it's entirety more than any other I've ever owned. Hearing the Shins cover 'Strange Powers' at Keyspan here in Brooklyn (keyspan is in coney island so it was perfect for the lyrics) made me realize how prominent this album is eventhough none of my friends had ever heard of it before they met me. While the newer stuff is still solid lyrically and full of impressive, yet simple arrangements, the broken-toy sounds of this album is what really charms me. I also read somewhere that it was Stephin Merritts singing debut which is quite fantastic.


Fecha de formación: Boston, MA, 1990

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Magnetic Fields may be a bona fide band, but in most essential respects they are the project of studio wunderkind Stephin Merritt, who writes, produces, and (generally) sings all of the material. Merritt also plays many of the instruments, concocting a sort of indie pop-synth rock. While the Magnetic Fields' albums draw upon the electronic textures of vintage acts like ABBA, Kraftwerk, Roxy Music with Eno, Joy Division, and Gary Numan, Merritt's vision is far more pointed toward the alternative...
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