The Magnetic Fields — 69 Love Songs

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 29, 2012 6:30 AM

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As part of this year's Mission Creek Festival, the Magnetic Fields performed at the Englert on Wednesday. And to continue the 80 Hours's Mission Creek theme this week, the Magnetic Fields' three volume concept album 69 Love Songs is this week's Tracks from the Past.

The indie-pop album is almost 173 minutes long and features, you guessed it, 69 tracks that were all written by singer Stephin Merritt.

When the album was released, he told fans that 69 Love Songs was not remotely about love but about love songs, which to him are far from anything to do with love.

It was released in the United States on Sept. 7, 1999, and received generally favorable reviews.

69 Love songs earned 5 out of 5 stars from The Guardian, a 9/10 from Pitchfork Media, and an A-plus from both the Village Voice and music critic Robert Christgau.

Some highlights among the 69 tracks are "A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off," "My Sentimental Melody," and "Absolutely Cuckoo."

— by Jordan Montgomery

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