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Magnetic Fields: Realism
Buy! - (Nonesuch)
The 9th album from Stephin Merritt & co. was conceived as a companion to Magnetic Fields’ previous release (2008’s Jesus & Mary Chain-inspired Distortion), though it’s very much that album’s opposite. (The original working titles for the records were True and False.) While Distortion was loud, electric and noise-drenched, Realism is an all-acoustic album inspired by expansive late ‘60s-early ‘70s folk. With inventive arrangements featuring a variety of colorful instrumentation ranging from violin, flugelhorn and cello to sitar, accordion and banjo, Realism takes a varied, sometimes theatrical approach to folk, and the songs Merritt wrote for the album are also very diverse, veering from melancholy laments to wonderfully snarky putdowns. 1/15/2010 - Don Yates
Other Magnetic Fields album reviews:

Love at the Bottom of the Sea - 2/24/2012
Distortion - 1/11/2008
i - 5/3/2004
69 Love Songs - 9/15/1999