i (The Magnetic Fields album)

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Studio album by The Magnetic Fields
Released May 4, 2004
Genre Indie pop
Length 41:19
Label Nonesuch Records
Producer Stephin Merritt
The Magnetic Fields chronology
69 Love Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[4]
PopMatters (positive)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Stylus D+[7]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[8]

i is the seventh studio album from the New York-based indie pop band, The Magnetic Fields. The songs of the album are connected by their starting with the letter "i", and are also arranged in alphabetical order.

The album ditches many of Stephin Merritt's past synthpop and electropop influences, largely being led by guitars and strings. It was followed in 2008, by Distortion, and in 2010, by Realism, which were both also free of synthesizer instrumentation, forming the so-called "no-synth trilogy".

The cover art, designed by Evan Gaffney, is based on Gravity in Four Directions by Fred Tomaselli.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stephin Merritt. 

No. Title Length
1. "I Die"   2:14
2. "I Don't Believe You"   3:40
3. "I Don't Really Love You Anymore"   2:33
4. "I Looked All Over Town"   2:39
5. "I Thought You Were My Boyfriend"   4:24
6. "I Was Born"   2:01
7. "I Wish I Had an Evil Twin"   3:16
8. "If There's Such a Thing as Love"   2:57
9. "I'm Tongue-Tied"   2:49
10. "In an Operetta"   2:02
11. "Infinitely Late at Night"   2:45
12. "Irma"   2:23
13. "Is This What They Used to Call Love"   3:04
14. "It's Only Time"   4:25


The Magnetic Fields
  • Charles Newman – recording
  • Ravi Krishnaswami – recording
  • Charles Newman – additional production, mixing
  • Jeff Lipton – mastering
  • Vincent Giangola – additional editing on "I Don't Believe You"
  • David Merrill – recording on "In an Operetta"


  1. ^ I (The Magnetic Fields album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Blender review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "i". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ "Drowned in Sound review". Retrieved 2004-05-27. 
  5. ^ "PopMatters review". Retrieved 5/3/2004.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 2004-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Stylus review". Retrieved 5/11/2004.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review