Love at the Bottom of the Sea

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Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Studio album by The Magnetic Fields
Released March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)
Recorded Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York
Genre Indie pop, indie folk, synthpop
Length 34:09
Label Merge (US), Domino (UK)
Producer Stephin Merritt
The Magnetic Fields chronology
Realism
(2010)
Love at the Bottom of the Sea
(2012)

Love at the Bottom of the Sea is an album by The Magnetic Fields. It was released on March 5, 2012 by Domino Records in the UK and March 6, 2012 by Merge Records in the US.[1][2] The album was recorded by Stephin Merritt and Charles Newman at Bell Tree (LA); Mother West, Serious Business Records, Dubway Studios (all NYC); and Tiny Telephone (SF).

It is the band's first release with Merge since 1999's 69 Love Songs. After releasing three albums relatively free of synthesizers as part of a "no-synth trilogy" (2004's i, 2008's Distortion, and 2010's Realism), Love at the Bottom of the Sea features the blend of acoustic and synthesized instruments that the band was known for in the 1990s. Stephin Merritt claims he took a fresh approach with the instrumentation, stating "Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers."[3] All of the tracks on the album are less than three minutes long.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephin Merritt.

  1. "Your Girlfriend's Face" – 2:20
  2. "Andrew in Drag" – 2:13
  3. "God Wants Us to Wait" – 2:06
  4. "Born For Love" – 2:39
  5. "I'd Go Anywhere with Hugh" – 2:08
  6. "Infatuation (With Your Gyration)" – 2:13
  7. "The Only Boy in Town" – 2:35
  8. "The Machine in Your Hand" – 2:24
  9. "Goin' Back to the Country" – 2:01
  10. "I've Run Away to Join the Fairies" – 2:17
  11. "The Horrible Party" – 2:07
  12. "My Husband's Pied-à-Terre" – 2:05
  13. "I Don't Like Your Tone" – 2:09
  14. "Quick!" – 2:28
  15. "All She Cares About Is Mariachi" – 2:38

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music Positive[6]
Beats Per Minute 86%[7]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars [8]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[9]
Paste Magazine 7.4/10[10]
Pitchfork 6.1/10[11]
Robert Christgau A−[12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[14]

The reception from critics has been generally favorable, with the average critical score being a 68 out of 100, according to Metacritic.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Magnetic Fields return to Merge with "Love at the Bottom of the Sea" in March | Merge Records". Merge Records. December 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Magnetic Fields Love at the Bottom of the Sea Details | Stereogum". Stereogum. December 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Magnetic Fields Announce New Album | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. December 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Magnetic Fields to release brand new album next year", NME, December 13, 2011, retrieved 2011-12-29
  5. ^ "Critic Reviews for Love at the Bottom of the Sea". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  6. ^ "Music - Review of The Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea". BBC. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ Suits Baer, Harrison. "Album Review: The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Album Review: The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  9. ^ Edwards, David (2012-03-08). "The Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  10. ^ Published at 10:39 AM on March 5, 2012 By Austin L. Ray (2012-03-05). "The Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  11. ^ "The Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  12. ^ "Todd Snider/The Magnetic Fields". Social.entertainment.msn.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  13. ^ By Will Hermes (2012-03-06). "Love at the Bottom of the Sea | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  14. ^ "The Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 

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