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Old 05-02-2009, 11:15 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:24 PM   #62 (permalink)
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WHEN IT FALLS ZERO 7




Lounge and Downtempo acts should be difficult to review. They’re clearly meant to be enjoyed during certain circumstances, like New Age and Barry White. When It Falls revels in this conundrum. As an album meant for specific scenarios - meditation, background music - it does its job perfectly, but when judged in general worthiness, it often flatlines.

Though it can be quite transcendent when it doesn’t. “Look Up,” easily the most impressive song in the collection, comes eight tracks too late and is never replicated in any way, shape, or form. Which is too bad, because two or three tracks like it could have carried the entire weight of the album. Instead the track is surrounded by softly song pop that’s heartbreakingly derivative.

But it’s pointless to talk about When It Falls when I’ve already stated that it’s intended for specific scenarios, most of them categorized under sexual encounters. Let it spin if you have a dinner date at your place and you’re hoping to get lucky.



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Old 05-04-2009, 09:27 AM   #63 (permalink)
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DISTORTION THE MAGNETIC FIELDS




You bet The Magnetic Fields joined the revival of the shoegaze/noise scene initially predominant in the last two decades. Between 2008 and 2009, the Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, M83 and The Magnetic Fields released albums with sprawling melodies and malleable guitars, but none were approached as a mere gimmick more than The Magnetic Field’s Distortion.

Evidence is all over their discography. Their first big, big, big gimmick was releasing a three disk compilation titled 69 Love Songs, followed by I, an album where each track title started with the letter I. And now we have Distortion - each track smothered by amplified guitars and feedback. Actually, I wouldn’t use the word smothered, because that would imply that The Magnetic Fields succeeded in capturing the power of the music they were inspired by. The noise-pop fundamentals are present but, excluding the two opening numbers, you can’t help but get the feeling that if you stripped the songs of their “noise” they’d be just as efficient. The noisy soundscapes are not essential. It also doesn’t help that the songs are very forgettable, leaving you with very little even after a few listens.

No Magnetic Fields gimmick will ever be as prolific as 69 Love Songs, but the acceptance of this fact shouldn’t lower our expectations of their following efforts. They are an incredibly talented band with some fantastic ideas. What they don’t need is time (4 years between I and Distortion), but to be inspired as they were 10 years ago.



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Old 05-04-2009, 09:33 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Sounds very interesting, and the cover art is very nice (yes these things matter!)
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:41 AM   #65 (permalink)
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its also shareable ; )
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:45 AM   #66 (permalink)
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:47 PM   #67 (permalink)
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WHEN IT FALLS ZERO 7




Lounge and Downtempo acts should be difficult to review. They’re clearly meant to be enjoyed during certain circumstances, like New Age and Barry White. When It Falls revels in this conundrum. As an album meant for specific scenarios - meditation, background music - it does its job perfectly, but when judged in general worthiness, it often flatlines.

Though it can be quite transcendent when it doesn’t. “Look Up,” easily the most impressive song in the collection, comes eight tracks too late and is never replicated in any way, shape, or form. Which is too bad, because two or three tracks like it could have carried the entire weight of the album. Instead the track is surrounded by softly song pop that’s heartbreakingly derivative.

But it’s pointless to talk about When It Falls when I’ve already stated that it’s intended for specific scenarios, most of them categorized under sexual encounters. Let it spin if you have a dinner date at your place and you’re hoping to get lucky.



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Maybe you should have gone white for their debut Simple Things? As this follow on was quite a disappointment unfortunately I STILL need to get their 3rd album too.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:41 PM   #68 (permalink)
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yeah, it's too bad i could never get away with white being a colour.
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:55 AM   #69 (permalink)
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The track in the vid there sounds great, and you're rating there somehow makes me even more curious about this. I should probably try it out sometime soonish.

Good review man. Short, sweet, to the point - keep 'em coming eh
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:08 AM   #70 (permalink)
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The Magnetic Fields are gooood man, Beach Boys melodies with (probably pointless but i like it anyway) distortion thrown in the mix. Too Drunk to Dream (looove the lyrics) and Three-way are early favourites.
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