Love at the Bottom of the Sea

Love at the Bottom of the Sea

Music CD - 2012
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Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Merge, [2012]
ISBN: 9786314634131
631463413X
Branch Call Number: ROCK MAGNETIC CD 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (34 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Merritt, Stephin

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ozekiobana Dec 10, 2012

I know the year is not over but, I already know my favorite album of 2012. In the final year of the 20th Century, The Magnetic Fields (composer Stephin Merritt) released 69 Love Songs, a smörgåsbord of human feelings, emotions and situations. 3CDs with 23 songs each averaging just under two and one half minutes. This past March (2012), Love at the Bottom of the Sea ejaculated into my ears. Like a rapid fire compilation of climaxes or a bullet train ride through bizarre emotional landscapes, this could have unimaginatively been titled 15 More Love Songs. The songs average barely longer than two and a quarter minutes (only three exceed two and a half minutes). If your attention wanders, you have missed a chapter. Wall to wall patter songs. Eat your hearts out, Gilbert and Sullivan! The feast kicks off with a message of religious absinance, "God Wants Us to Wait". I guess it's true, I should have told you before And not have waited 'til we're nude on the floor. Though it would be the perfect end to our date, I love you, baby, but God wants us to wait. Thank God for the chorus of "Andrew in Drag" when you can catch your breath from the rapid-fire alluring images of the verses. Jilted Revenge (and stomach turning gore) awaits you in "Your Girlfriend’s Face" 'Cause I've hired the fixer for her too For stealing my lover and making me blue He'll have to hose off your twisting place After he blows off your girlfriend's face I want the whole bloody place Wet with your girlfriend's face The boastful/tender "Born to Love" reminds me of Frank Zappa's "Bobby Brown". But I won’t mind if you just take me home "I'd Go Anywhere With Hugh", skips homonymically through unrequitable (as opposed to unrequited) love. A short new wave dance break for "Infatuation". (Am I back at Neo?)
"The Only Boy in Town" is a beautiful waltz about the parameters required for fidelity. The limerick like verses have joyous rhymes:
Oh if only you were the only boy in France
Our life would not be like one long, long, long seance
I think I would endeavor
To love you forever
Instead of only for the nonce
If-if only you were the only boy in France

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ozekiobana Dec 10, 2012

(actually my comments continued) "The Only Boy in Town" is a beautiful waltz about the parameters required for fidelity. The limerick like verses have joyous rhymes: Oh if only you were the only boy in France Our life would not be like one long, long, long seance I think I would endeavor To love you forever Instead of only for the nonce If-if only you were the only boy in France "The Machine in Your Hand" (dildo, gun or iphone?) is reminiscent of a Japanese short story by Edogawa Ranpo (the name is a rendering Edgar Allen Poe), "The Human Chair" (1925) where an obsessed artist converts himself into a chair to be proximate to others. Creepy or romantic? ... too late, on to: "Goin’ Back to the Country", a joyous patter through a non-urban landscape. At two minutes exactly, the shortest of the love songs. I'm gonna fly back to Laramie Let Laramie Take care of me Till they bury me A playful take on Peter, Paul & Mary's "John Henry Bosworth" But there's a reason for living way down in the valley That only the mountain knows "I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies" celebrates the Wee Folk at their most sinister (enslaving mortals). We all know some changlings. (continued in quotes)

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