50 Song Memoir

50 Song Memoir

Music CD - 2017
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Stephin Merritt's autobiography in 50 songs, one for each year of his life.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nonesuch Records, [2017]
ISBN: 9786316800411
631680041X
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,stereo
5 audio discs (154 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Merritt, Stephin
Alternative Title: Fifty song memoir

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pink_armadillo_78
Jun 01, 2017

I was skeptical about this concept (an autobiography in songs, 50 songs for 50 years), but Stephin Merritt has made it work. Each song is a perfect bit of catchy pop and stands on its own, and the subjects of the songs are abstract enough that it never feels precious or cloying. The knowledge that the songs are inspired by particular points in a life just adds a nice context to the lyrics and music. I think this is probably my favorite Magnetic Fields album since 69 love songs.

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