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The Magnetic Fields


The twelfth studio album from Boston's indie-pop maverick Stephen Merritt

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  1. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The songs on the album may be brief, but they more than make up for it with depth
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    At times jovial and elsewhere solemn, Quickies is an anthology of flash fictions, thematically clashing against one another
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  3. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Over the span of 28 tracks, you can expect some filler, even from a band as ambitious (and consistent) as The Magnetic Fields – and that is the case here, although the brief lapses in quality are softened by the virtuosic movements which surround them
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  4. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The sharp wit of veteran songwriter Stephin Merritt thrives in brevity across a collection of short songs that range from 12 seconds to an epic two-and-a-half minutes
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  5. 7.0 |   All Music

    If anything, the album reinforces the unstoppable brilliance of Merritt's writing. At any length, instrumentation or investigating whatever ridiculous subject matter, he somehow manages to be effortlessly charming, funny, odd, and above all, catchy
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  6. 7.0 |   music OMH

    A wildly varied and highly entertaining album that reads like a book of poetry and plays like a soundtrack to a particularly fun (barely remembered) summer
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  7. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Will we want to listen to it as much post-pandemic, as some of The Magnetic Fields’ other, more mature records? Probably not. But, for however long COVID-19 is ruining our good times, it’s going to be really hard to flip this one off
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  8. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The very nature of the Magnetic Fields’ latest, rooted as it is in economy and concision, heightens the staying power of Merritt’s approach
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  9. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Considering Merritt and his bandmates' consistent track record, their highbrow meets lowbrow approach is sure to incite a quick laugh or cry
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  10. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The best moments of all come when the cynicism is turned right down
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