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The Magnetic Fields [rank: 29]

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The Magnetic Fields

Ironic, playful, cheerful, dark, humorous and truly unusual are just a few among of the many adjectives that describe the Magnetic Fields. Their synth-pop approach is really one of a kind--both vocally and instrumentally. Their usage of electronics and synths mixed with the xylophone, Marxophone, banjo, cello, accordion, ukulele, flute and guitar often gives their synth-pop a folk flare.

And on top of their deeply unusual instrumentals are lyrics whose topics range from chickens with their heads cut off to highly personal love songs. Despite their apparent extreme unconventionality, The Magnetic Fields' mixture of all these usual approaches ends up forming an incredibly fun and impressive style that really is intoxicating.

Stephin Merrit formed The Magnetic Fields in Boston in 1989 with his friend Claudia Gonson. Merrit had played with a band called Buffalo Rome and Gonson played with Merrit in another band called The Zinnias. It took about ten years for The Magnetic Fields to achieve substantial success, but in 1999 they released their triple-disc album called 69 Love Songs, which brought the band explosive popularity.

The Magnetic Fields put out various albums before and after 69 Love Songs. Though they don't deviate much from their sound, they really don't need's just their own and really doesn't need anything else.


Show Reviews for The Magnetic Fields

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Feb 29, 2008 - Herbst Theatre popup bunbun
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