Distortion (The Magnetic Fields album)

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Distortion
Studio album by The Magnetic Fields
Released January 15, 2008
Recorded Mother West, New York
Genre Indie pop, noise pop
Length 38:46
Label Nonesuch
Producer Stephin Merritt
The Magnetic Fields chronology
i
(2004)
Distortion
(2008)
Realism
(2010)

Distortion is the eighth studio album by American indie pop band The Magnetic Fields. It was released on January 15, 2008 by record label Nonesuch.

Recording[edit]

As the album's title implies, several of the musical performances featured are distorted by various means. In particular, the album's sound was influenced by the 1985 album Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain.[1][2]

Distortion was recorded at Mother West in New York. It was produced by Stephin Merritt and co-produced by Charles Newman.

No synthesizers were used to record the album; it is the second in a "no-synth trilogy", succeeding the 2004 album i and preceding 2010's Realism.[3]

Release[edit]

Distortion debuted at number 77 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 8,000 copies in its first week.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Art Nouveau Magazine favorable[7]
The A.V. Club A[8]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[9]
NME 8/10[10]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[11]
PopMatters 8/10[12]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[13]
This Is Fake DIY 4/5 stars[14]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[15]

Distortion has been well-received by critics. It currently holds a 79/100 rating at review aggregator website Metacritic.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stephin Merritt. 

No. Title Length
1. "Three-Way"   3:01
2. "California Girls"   3:00
3. "Old Fools"   3:02
4. "Xavier Says"   2:42
5. "Mr. Mistletoe"   2:59
6. "Please Stop Dancing"   3:01
7. "Drive On, Driver"   2:51
8. "Too Drunk to Dream"   3:00
9. "Till the Bitter End"   3:03
10. "I'll Dream Alone"   3:08
11. "The Nun's Litany"   2:58
12. "Zombie Boy"   3:05
13. "Courtesans"   2:59

Personnel[edit]

The Magnetic Fields
Additional personnel
  • Daniel Handler – accordion
  • A. Klasinski, I. Pearle, R. Stevens – "orgiasts"
Technical
  • Robert Stevens – engineering assistance
  • Jeff Lipton – mastering
  • Evan Gaffney Design – sleeve design
  • Marcelo Krasilcic – sleeve photography
  • Michael English – logo design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 2008). "Barbed Wire Kisses". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ "Realism | Nonesuch Records – MP3 Downloads, Free Streaming Music, Lyrics". Nonesuch. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Baron, Zach (October 1, 2008). "Interview: Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt | Village Voice". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Katie Hasty, "Keys Still Atop Album Chart In Slow Sales Week", Billboard.com, January 23, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Distortion by Magnetic Fields – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ Art Nouveau Magazine review[dead link]
  8. ^ Heller, Jason. "The Magnetic Fields: Distortion". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  10. ^ "The Magnetic Fields: Distortion". NME. January 4, 2008. 
  11. ^ LeMay, Matt (January 14, 2008). "The Magnetic Fields – Distortion". Pitchfork Media. 
  12. ^ PopMatters review[dead link]
  13. ^ Rolling Stone review[dead link]
  14. ^ This Is Fake DIY review[dead link]
  15. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review[dead link]

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