i (The Magnetic Fields album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2004
GenreIndie pop
ProducerStephin Merritt
The Magnetic Fields chronology
69 Love Songs

i is the seventh studio album by American indie pop band The Magnetic Fields. It was released on May 4, 2004, by record label Nonesuch. The songs of the album all start with the letter "i" and are all sung by Stephin Merritt. The songs are also in alphabetical order.

Musical style[edit]

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".

Album cover[edit]

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


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian[5]
Rolling Stone[9]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

i has been well received by critics. It currently holds a score of 79/100 on review aggregator website Metacritic.[1] A track-by-track tribute to the album, entitled ¡AYE!, was released by Jackson & the Wargonauts in 2014.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Stephin Merritt.

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
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. ^ a b "Reviews for i by Magnetic Fields". Metacritic. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "i – Magnetic Fields". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob (May 2004). "Magnetic Fields: i". Blender (26): 124. Archived from the original on December 5, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Browne, David (May 7, 2004). "I". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (April 30, 2004). "Magnetic Fields, i". The Guardian. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Magnetic Fields: i". Mojo (126): 93. May 2004.
  7. ^ Sweeting, Meghan (May 11, 2004). "Magnetic Fields: i". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 4, 2004. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Magnetic Fields: i". Q (214): 106. May 2004.
  9. ^ Hoard, Christian (May 27, 2004). "Magnetic Fields: i". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  10. ^ Greenwald, Andy (June 2004). "The Magnetic Fields: i". Spin. 20 (6): 104–06. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 25, 2004). "Consumer Guide: Anti-Gravitational Boots". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "AYE! or The Magnetic Fields' "i" Covered & Reimagined by Jackson & the Wargonauts, by Jackson & the Wargonauts". Jackson & the Wargonauts. Retrieved 2018-02-10.

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