The Magnetic Fields
Get Lost


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
December 30th, 2009 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you said goodnight but you meant goodbye.

Stephen Merritt’s over the top and sickeningly sweet indie pop reached some level of thematic perfection on Holiday (a trend he would continue with almost every succeeding album), but its immediate precursor Get Lost flails alongside the Magnetic Fields’ typical degree of consistency. Despite containing some of the best songs he has ever recorded, the premise of Get Lost ebbs and flows through the album – sometimes remarkably forceful, other times almost non-existent.

In the opening ‘Famous’, Merritt proclaims clearly ‘baby you could be famous / just get out of this town’, which sets the simple setting for the album to follow: get lost. The almost insanely cruel lyrics that Merritt pens should easily have a field trip with this sort of theme, and of course, they do – ‘you don’t even like anything you like or the people you know / and all of your reasons to stay alive died’. ‘The Desperate Things You Made Me Do’ is a cutesy and typical Fields track, with some of the darkest lyrics any Magnetic Fields fan will hear.

What is unfortunate about Get Lost is that despite the excellence of perhaps half its tracks, some of the songs are rather unmemorable. Overall the album is much darker than its precursor, both in its malicious lyrics and overbearingly depressive subject matter. ‘Why I Cry’ epitomizes Merritt’s extraordinarily blunt wit, the irony of his music and how he can still maintain affection through parody – it is the perfection of his style.

While the record’s continuity is perhaps lacking in comparison to both earlier and later Magnetic Fields albums, Get Lost is still both a hilarious and poignant expression of Merritt’s talent. Any fan of his work will undoubtedly find something to grasp onto within the record, and like any Magnetic Fields album, will have its layers peeled away indefinitely.

All the summer days
Where we used to play
Walking hand in hand
Castles in the sand

So you said goodnight
But you meant goodbye
Now our love has died
This is why I cry




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SpicsterGMex
December 31st 2009


111 Comments


good review even tho i havent read

ov420
December 31st 2009


300 Comments


needs more vag

rasputin
December 31st 2009


14550 Comments


you guz



stop being darkies

SpicsterGMex
December 31st 2009


111 Comments


gona rate this a 1 cuz im blak

ov420
December 31st 2009


300 Comments


i should listen to this once cat power stops sucking my cok

Relinquished
December 31st 2009


25211 Comments


whats goin on here

rasputin
December 31st 2009


14550 Comments


good shit is going on that's what

TheEnforcer
December 31st 2009


270 Comments


A very good short review with just enough detail. pos'd

TheSpirit
December 31st 2009


17930 Comments


Good review rasp. I probably won't check this out considering indie-pop isn't really my thing but good review nonetheless

rasputin
December 31st 2009


14550 Comments


thanks doodz

Tits McGee
December 31st 2009


1876 Comments


good review man. the Magnetic Fields are pretty good from what i've heard.

robin
Emeritus
December 31st 2009


4249 Comments


rasp, review charm of the highway strip. i tried but failed

Wizard
December 31st 2009


19519 Comments


Music sounds gay. Review was even gayer ; ).

Nice review lad.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

rasputin
January 1st 2010


14550 Comments


rasp, review charm of the highway strip. i tried but failed

I plan to review their entire discography in time for Realism's release (Jan 26).

Music sounds gay. Review was even gayer ; ).

I'll gay you in a minute.

ov420
January 1st 2010


300 Comments


123

rasputin
January 2nd 2010


14550 Comments


eater farts butthole

TheSpirit
January 3rd 2010


17930 Comments


rasp is the man, i'm not even trying to kiss ass (kinda drunk atm) but he knows his shit. not reallly into indie, but because he rated so high i will probably check out, at least once. ish.

rasputin
January 3rd 2010


14550 Comments


you should listen to Holiday or 69 Love Songs instead of this

TheSpirit
January 3rd 2010


17930 Comments


Okay, will do. I like some indie (modest mouse of course) but i will checkthis out for sure man.

rasputin
January 3rd 2010


14550 Comments


if you like lo-fi music (which i assume you do because you listen to black metal), and if you can appreciate Merritt's completely over the top and ironic way of writing pop songs, then you'd probably like it

it's perfect summer music, nonetheless, especially Holiday



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