The Magnetic Fields
Holiday


4.5
superb

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
December 13th, 2009 | 48 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the sun pours down like honey.

In the decade long build up to Stephen Merritt’s monumental 69 Love Songs the name Holiday sticks out from the Magnetic Field’s discography as the pinnacle of its rise. Merritt’s brand of catchy and lo-fi indie rock is impeccable as an enhancer of mood, and with Holiday he perfectly encapsulates the sound of the summer holiday, with its glaring heat and glowing afternoons. What is beautiful about Merritt’s music is that beneath its quirky and cheery exterior, multitudes of subtle depressive undertones lurk – any voyage through the Magnetic Fields on a bright and promising summer’s day will descend into wistful thought and pining for those who aren’t lying together with you out on the deckchairs while the setting sun turns the sky red. Merritt’s Morrissey-esque voice makes its own gloomy contribution, and the mere fact that his performance voices a ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think here are my songs listen to them or don’t I don’t care’ proposition makes the album all the more worthwhile. Holiday is really the quintessential indie rock album, taking pride in its eccentricity and affecting the individual on a plethora of levels.

on the ferris wheel
looking out on Coney island
under more stars than
there are prostitutes in Thailand
our hair in the air
our lips blue from cotton candy
when we kiss it feels
like a flying saucer landing




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rasputin
December 13th 2009


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

tl;dr

Piglet
December 13th 2009


4659 Comments


rasputin i see you all around the interwebz

Kiran
Emeritus
December 13th 2009


6001 Comments


loved both 69 love songs and distortion so i should probably get this

robin
Emeritus
December 13th 2009


4249 Comments


< 3 the magnetic fields. rasp get charm of the highway strip

jingledeath
December 13th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

getting

jrowa001
December 13th 2009


8750 Comments


sounds good

Roach
December 13th 2009


2148 Comments


good band

qwe3
December 13th 2009


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

looks good will def check out

Phantom
December 13th 2009


8930 Comments


will look into thissssss

PuddlesPuddles
December 13th 2009


4784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah good band, The Charm of the Highway Strip is really cool

Also, I think they're already on sputnik under Magnetic Fields

hydeyomoney
December 13th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the lyrical quote is ace

Willie
Moderator
December 13th 2009


16049 Comments


Would never listen to this but good review.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2009


15050 Comments


review rules

rasputin
December 13th 2009


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

just realised i made a new band page when there already was one, asked to have it fixed.

why wouldn't you listen to it Trey? I know it might not be exactly the sort of thing you normally listen to but I wouldn't go ahead and make the assumption that you won't like it. Maybe try and hear a song or two at the very least.

jingledeath
December 15th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

Willie
Moderator
December 15th 2009


16049 Comments


why wouldn't you listen to it Trey? I know it might not be exactly the sort of thing you normally listen to but I wouldn't go ahead and make the assumption that you won't like it. Maybe try and hear a song or two at the very least.
You're very persuasive, you are.

rasputin
December 15th 2009


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I dunno, I've just really taken a liking to this album as of late. I think it's the weather over here, and just things going on my life. It's a real holiday. Naturally the rating is very inflated, but maybe you can catch a little of the album's magic.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2010


7026 Comments


Album is fantastic. I'll let this sink in for a while before I check out "69 Love Songs". With how good this is I know I won't be disappointed.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2010


7026 Comments


Isn't it "the sun pours down like money"?

rasputin
March 8th 2010


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the summary is merely a reference to the summer-y feel of the album, so i don't know



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