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The Magnetic Fields
Love at the Bottom of the Sea - MERGE
FILTER Grade: 85%

By Jeffrey Brown on March 22, 2012

 

The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields may be destined to forever live under the shadow of their iconic album 69 Love Songs; their last few albums consciously tried to do something different in concept and sound, and listeners’ opinions varied as to how successful those records were. With Love at the Bottom of the Sea, Stephin Merritt seems to have stopped thinking so much and focused on what he does best—writing infectiously catchy pop songs—while returning to the synth-laden sound that the band is well known for. It’s not so far from under The Shadow, but that doesn’t hinder this album a bit. 

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