Realism (The Magnetic Fields album)

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Realism
Magnetic-fields-realism.jpg
Studio album by The Magnetic Fields
Released January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26)
Recorded Mother West, New York
Genre Indie pop, folk-pop
Length 35:17
Label Nonesuch
Producer Stephin Merritt
The Magnetic Fields chronology
Distortion
(2008)
Realism
(2010)
Love at the Bottom of the Sea
(2012)

Realism is an album by The Magnetic Fields. It was officially released on January 26, 2010 by Nonesuch Records.

Described by songwriter Stephin Merritt as "my folk album", the instrumentation of Realism is largely acoustic, stark in contrast to the band's previous album, Distortion, released in 2008. Merritt said he "thought of the two records as a pair" and considered titling the albums True and False; ultimately, he couldn't decide which title would correspond with which album. The song "The Dada Polka" is the only track to feature an electric guitar. Merritt also avoided using a traditional drum kit, further separating the sound of Realism from the noise pop of Distortion. Along with Distortion and the 2004 album i, Realism was also recorded without the use of synthesizers, completing the band's "no-synth trilogy".[1][2]

Joshua Rifkin, who arranged the Judy Collins albums In My Life and Wildflowers, was cited by Merritt as a creative influence for Realism.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club A–[4]
Entertainment Weekly A[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 6.0/10[9]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 1.5/5 stars[11]
Spin 4/5 stars[12]

All tracks written by Stephin Merritt.

  1. "You Must Be Out of Your Mind" - 3:12
  2. "Interlude" - 2:11
  3. "We Are Having a Hootenanny" - 2:10
  4. "I Don't Know What to Say" - 2:29
  5. "The Dolls' Tea Party" - 2:17
  6. "Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree" - 2:24
  7. "Walk a Lonely Road" - 3:04
  8. "Always Already Gone" - 2:40
  9. "Seduced and Abandoned" - 2:21
  10. "Better Things" - 2:31
  11. "Painted Flower" - 2:11
  12. "The Dada Polka" - 2:21
  13. "From a Sinking Boat" - 3:26

Personnel[edit]

The Magnetic Fields
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Realism | Nonesuch Records". Nonesuch Records. November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt". The Village Voice. October 1, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Realism – Magnetic Fields". AllMusic. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (January 26, 2010). "The Magnetic Fields: Realism". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (January 27, 2010). "Realism". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Petridis, Alexis (January 21, 2010). "The Magnetic Fields: Realism". The Guardian. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Wappler, Margaret (January 25, 2010). "Album review: Magnetic Fields' 'Realism'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ Elan, Priya (January 22, 2010). "Album review: The Magnetic Fields – Realism (Nonesuch)". NME. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ LeMay, Matt (January 27, 2010). "The Magnetic Fields: Realism". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Heaton, Dave (January 24, 2010). "The Magnetic Fields: Realism". PopMatters. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (January 27, 2010). "The Magnetic Fields: Realism". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (January 26, 2010). "The Magnetic Fields, 'Realism' (Nonesuch)". Spin. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 

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