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50 Song Memoir

The Magnetic Fields

50 Song Memoir

The eleventh studio album from Boston's indie-pop maverick Stephen Merritt chronicles the first 50 years of his life with one song for each year

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Nonesuch
UK Release date
03/03/2017
US Release date
03/03/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    I can’t think of another songwriter who could delicately draw videogames, disco, electropop and Aids together as he does in “Dreaming In Tetris”
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  2. 9.5 |   The 405

    A certifiable masterpiece and one that music lovers ‘round the world will not soon forget
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    By virtue of its lyrical openness and the fact that the album cycles through more than 100 instruments, 50 Song Memoir, despite having fewer tracks, eclipses 69 Love Songs in terms of its ambition
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  4. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A true triumph
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  5. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    What lingers, along with the musical brilliance and uncharacteristic openness of his 50 Song Memoir, is Merritt's humour
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Merritt seems to be having it both ways - one foot in the haze of the past, the other striding forward into a brave future
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  7. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Merritt has lifted the curtain JUST enough to draw us that bit more into his world, while still maintaining both his brilliantly singular world-view and style AND enough distance for us to look on in abject admiration
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  8. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Easily the least catchy and most expansive arrangements of the man’s lifetime, which he’s earned
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  9. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    Taking its conceptuality into consideration, it’s great that ’50 Song Memoir’ exists; it’s everything it claims to be, and massive fans of Stephin Merritt are bound to get a kick out of it
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  10. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The ambitious, sprawling type of memoir that only Stephin Merritt could write
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Emotionally speaking Merritt has recreated an inner life that sound agonisingly real. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Q

    A wild indulgence, of course, and a big investment of time, but like 1999's 69 Love Songs, well worth it. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    He's never written with such frankness. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   State

    With 50 Song Memoir, he has arrived out the other end. It’s not an ending, but it’s a happy ending
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A tidy, well-negotiated triumph
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  16. 8.0 |   All Music

    50 Song Memoir is a rare example of Stephin Merritt offering a look into his offstage life, but just as importantly it's a reminder of why he's a truly great songwriter, and this ranks with his finest work
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Like binge-watching a surreal box set
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  18. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s an album worthy of Merritt’s grand half-century
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  19. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The joys are many
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  20. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    His writing suggests that our deepest wisdom can be located in our most personal thoughts
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  21. 7.0 |   The Music

    After listening from start to finish, you'll almost believe you actually are Merritt
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  22. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Many will wish this witty summation of a life had more consistently enduring songs
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  23. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Might not lift itself into the same orbit of greatness as its gargantuan twin, but it’s still a strong work from one of the most singular songwriters of the last 30 years
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