Love at the Bottom of the Sea

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Love at the Bottom of the Sea
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Studio album by The Magnetic Fields
Released March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)
Recorded Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York
Genre Synthpop, indie pop
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 the tenth studio album by American indie pop band The Magnetic Fields. It was released in the UK on March 5, 2012 by record label Domino and in the US on March 6, 2012 by Merge.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded by Stephin Merritt and Charles Newman at Bell Tree in Los Angeles; Mother West, Serious Business Records and Dubway Studios in New York; and Tiny Telephone in San Francisco.

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."[1] All of the tracks on the album are less than three minutes long.

Release[edit]

Love at the Bottom of the Sea was released in the UK on March 5, 2012 by record label Domino and in the US on March 6, 2012 by Merge.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
BBC Music favorable[4]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars [6]
Drowned in Sound 7/10[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork 6.1/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Slant 3/5 stars[11]
Tiny Mix Tapes 1/5[12]

The reception from critics has been generally favorable, with the average critical score being a 68 out of 100 according to review aggregator website Metacritic.[2]

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

Personnel[edit]

The Magnetic Fields
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelly, John (December 13, 2011). "Magnetic Fields Announce New Album | News | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Love at the Bottom of the Sea – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Love at the Bottom of the Sea – Magnetic Fields | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pia, Camilla (2012). "BBC – Music – Review of The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea". BBC Music. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Magnetic Fields"". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Album Review: The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ Edwards, David (March 8, 2012). "Album Review: The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jonze, Tim (March 2, 2012). "Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea – Review | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (March 8, 2012). "The Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (March 6, 2012). "The Magnetic Fields Love at the Bottom of the Sea Album Review | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (March 5, 2012). "The Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea | Album Review | Slant Magazine". Slant. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 

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