album review: the magnetic fields
    • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2010

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    Concluding the "no-synth trilogy" The Magnetic Fields new release Realism sees a refreshing return to the clean tones and balanced mixing fans enjoyed for the ten years leading up to 2008's Distortion. The Boston quartet's continued synthesizer boycott&mdashwhich, tragically, will end when they enter the studio next&mdashhas succeeded in highlighting Stephin Merritt's comically cynical songwriting skills and earned the band unusual measures of esteem in multiple genres, including such polar opposites as noise pop and folk pop. But while the Fields are versatile enough for the one, Realism stands firmly as proof that the band excels at the other.

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