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69 Love Songs

The Magnetic Fields

1999

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69 Love Songs

Rating

2.87

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3304

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This might take the cake for most self indulgent album of the cd era. I find the sheer length simply unbearable. I don't hear anything in the music/concept to justify its insane demand on the listener. Most of it is so half baked that I find it almost insulting. I don't get it. Both the singing voices and lyrics are irritating to me. In trying to march onward and listen to this there are some okay tunes buried in there but as an album its unrefined/unfiltered stance is utterly preposterous. If someone put this on, I wouldn't be sticking around.

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5

I had a ton of trepidation going into this 3 hour listen. There's some filler, and not every song is a winner, but the bottom line is that this ambitious project worked. Stephin Merrit subverts expectations, both lyrically and musically, at every turn. It feels like the musical version of the play in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, a sprawling epic that grows and grows until it eats itself. I mean that in the best way. It's easy to get lost in the massive sea of songs, and I think that's the intent. Best track: The Book of Love

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I don't deserve love

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i ain’t listening to all that i’m happy for u tho or sorry that happened

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4

Obviously this album is hella long - no album should be 3 hours long - but I can't help but admire it despite that - even because of it. The humor, humanness of the songs is addictive. It wasn't completely exhausting, because it felt more like hanging out with friends. The spare musicality, and the variety of instruments used, different vocalists, all help the cause.

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4

Kinda wanted to hate this but I have to give respect where it's due. Inevitably there is some filler and I thought the end was weak but it deserves its place as an Indie classic.

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4

Was so disappointed when I clicked and saw that it was literally 69 songs that I was going to give it a 1. But after listening its actually great, really funny, witty, cleverly done, makes you smile. Recognised 'The a Book Of Love', maybe from a film.

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2

Started out quite enjoying it but there is only so much annoying shit that i can take. Ended up wanting to kill myself by the end.

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Not a chance I'm listening to this

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2

Could have been a decent album if not for the ridiculous length and many filler songs

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2

Listened to half of this. None of these were particularly special in any way.

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I've tried listening to this album twice, I want to like it. This time after listening to 9 songs it killed my good mood, I couldn't imagine listening to another 60 so I put on some Fats Domino again to cheer me up. It almost worked.

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5

one of the best albums. beautiful lyrics, catchy tunes, and 69 units of wit

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5

An amazing album, every track had a standout moment. Funny, touching and beautiful, I was disappointed when it concluded. Genius.

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5

Wonderful album! Did not expect to enjoy this as much as i did when i saw the three hour run time, but the different styles of music, the different singers and the many different creative takes on the love song kept me interested all the way through. This record definitely just feels like a massive love letter to pop music, to the love song as a medium, while also clearly having a sense of humor. Loved it on first listen and will very likely return to it!

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5

Thought this was going to be painful given it's 3 hours long but I absolutely adored every moment of it. Amazing.

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4

Better than any 69-song long album deserves to be. The duds in it weren't even bad, just kinda boring, and the highs were definitely very high. But still... its just so loooooooooooooooooooong.

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2

Some gems on this - really lovely songs - but overall just too damn long. Yes, I get the point.

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Saved Prior: I Think I Need a New Heart Saved Off Rip: A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off Cutting Edge: a couple I have to go back through and pick Overall Notes: Very very long, didn't really have time to go through and truly listen to all of the songs as I am currently quite busy. An album I will be returning to in the summer when I have more time (hopefully). Placeholder grade of 2.

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I can hear the demonstrable talent and skill in their music, and some of the tracks are musically interesting, but the vocals in both presentation and content feel too gimmicky for my personal taste.

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Oh god it's literally 69 love songs It's 3 volumes It's 3 hours I suffered through one hour and I can't take any more. Please kill me

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Quantity does not equal quality

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What an absolute piece of trash.

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Where to begin? So much of this is just flat, boilerplate indie. The guy doing Great Value Johnny Cash vocals isn't terrible but isn't very charismatic either. The other vocalists are just there, much like the majority of the songs themselves. A lot of the songs are kind of annoying too especially when they throw in electronics that don't work. I feel like some of these songs are just supposed to be quirky/fun/whatever but they are not. At all. Overall this album would've been slightly better if they cut out about 55 of these freaking songs or released them across separate albums. I feel like an album should be sat down and listened to in its entirety. It's virtually impossible to do that with this album. Screw them for being so pretentious as to think this was a good idea. A total endurance test with very few positives. This deserves a 1 just on principle and that's exactly what it will get.

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3 hours? 3 HOURS. and then i read that wikipedia states this about the singer Stephin Merritt: "He is known for his distinctive and untrained bass voice" this is gonna be really really hard. really hard. ..... ...and when he doesn't sound like a terrible version of Leonard Cohen he sounds like Morrissey. 2 singers I can't abide by. These lyrics are terrible - trying to be clever, it's actually distracting. Look - it's clear a lot of effort went into this and as a musician I can completely appreciate that. AND YET! And yet I'm not writing these reviews for the general public - it's how much I do or do NOT connect with the music or the project. And I'm so gd disconnected right now and i'm only 12 songs in. I can't do this. Wait i did. Song 14 "How F****g Romantic" is the worst yet and i'm how far from finishing this? "Sweet Lovin' Man" (track 22 dear lord) isn't so bad mostly because we've got a new vocalist, although it could really drop right into 1983 as an unspectacular late night MTV video. holy crap i'm only 1/3 through this - i ..... "Love Is Like Jazz" was my final straw. only the second of >250 albums i could not finish no nope no no nyet nah pass 2/10 1 star.

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AGHHH NOOO what is this oh my no his voice made me cry his lyrics made me sob the length made me DIE. not anything good came out of this.

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5

This is great

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5

Lots of filler but the good songs are so good that it gets a 5.

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5

I already adored All My Little Words so I may be biased, but I loved this. So whimsical and witty and folksy and great. It was good hearing more of the Magnetic Fields.

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5

Great songs with much variety

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5

Part 1 is absolutely flawless. Maybe a top 5 all time album for me. Would put this above probably any album we've heard so far.

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5

I really like the songwriting and variety on this album. It is a beast, but a solid 9/10, and leans more to a 5 for me.

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5

Soy fan desde hace siglos de Magnetic Fields pero nunca había escuchado completo este disco. Se me hacía un poco apabullante. Pero resulta que no, que a pesar de que sí son 69 canciones, todo vuela y fluye ligero. Este disco es bello, nutritivo como respirar profundamente o comerte una buena fruta. Sabe a guayaba. Pone de buen humor. Tiene una paleta de sonidos determinada que se aprehende pronto pero las posibilidades melódicas parece que son sin fin. Si te gusta el pop, el pop entendido como canciones de la vida cotidiana, tarareables, bonitas y pegajosas, tienes que escuchar este disco al menos una vez en tu vida. Creo que me obesioné. Insisto, son un vergo de canciones pero quieres más y más, no quieres que termine. Es un milagro este pedo.

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5

My god this took forever to listen to, must admit it's excellent

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5

Every song is the exact mix of sadness and love and beauty and truth and fiction that makes my heart pump. They aren’t all hits, but they are all good.

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5

Quirky, endless fun. Some very creative and amazing songs on here!

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5

Excelente, perfecto para una cita

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5

60. Tenho de te dizer, meu, foi um prazer ouvir-te. MotA: Absolutely Cuckoo "Don't fall in love with me yet We only recently met True I'm in love with you but You might decide I'm a nut"

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5

One of my all-time favs!

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5

This album in it's entirety is more than Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Jesus what am in for? I am going to break this into two days of listening, because I am currently playing catchup so 2 albums a day isn't too bad. First 23 are filled with quirky and wonderful little songs like Reno Dakota, Chicken With Its Head Cut Off, etc. Come Back From San Fransico. Very TMBG vibes. Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side slaps. First 23 songs is good, though kind of tapers off the last third. 2nd album starts with Roses and Love Is Like Jazz, puts this on a darker and weirder footing. album 2 is super dark, Noone Will Ever Love You, If You Don't Cry and others. Long Forgotten Fairy Tale is G R O O V E. Papa Was A Rodeo is beautiful. I Shatter is a great way to end the 2nd album. Third album puts the album into an electronica space, very spacey and etherial. More groove in this one than album 2. Album 3 is just all over the place, like flying over the concept of love from 30,000ft away. Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin perfect example. Zebra is a fantastic, weird, shambolic, perfect way to end this towering weird monument to love songs.

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5

Hands down a favourite of mine, five stars all the way. One of those albums where your favourite track changes with every listen and you discover something new or you missed from previous listens. This collection celebrates love and the feelings that come with it in often acerbic style. As a songwriter, Merritt's wit shines and whilst often popping the pretensions of love, there he also is failing to hide his secret sincerity for romantic love. Soppy at times. And there he goes, trying a jazz song, punk song, country song, calypso, dance music, all loose and never too serious. A handful of songs from the album were played during the register signing at our wedding with The Book of Love filled the room so always special to hear this again. Other highlights - the dazzilingly silly Absolutely Cuckoo; the dour I Don't Believe in the Sun; I Don't Want to Get Over You; The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side; No One Will Ever Love You (a near perfect pop song); the brilliantly funny and moving Papa Was a Rodeo; the glorious Busby Berkeley Dreams; and the frighteningly hilarious Yeah! Oh, Yeah! which was my favourite for a long time. And I was fortunate to hear the entire song cycle live over two nights at the Lyric Hammersmith. The Magnetic Fields were near shambolic but charming and all the guest artists from the record made an appearance. A memorable event. Poor Stephin suffers from a condition which makes any sound heard louder than normal begins to feedback in his left ear at every increasing volumes - when the audience applauded loudly and freely at the end of the night, he covered his ear, which to the audience seemed a bashful gesture, so they cheered and applauded all the more - poor guy, the adulation just made it more painful.

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5

Najbolji trostruki album😊

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5

Obožavam ovaj album al mozda je maaaaaaaaaaaaalkice dug

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4

Too long but actually pretty good!

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4

actually a 7

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4

Gadly surprised by this album. Good beat, relax... I like it!

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4

Wow, what an album. Clearly inspiration for so many genres and artists to come after it.

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4

It was a really long album but there were some pretty good songs. It's too long tho, 69... I like the number, but not for how many songs in an album.

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4

One of the oddest albums out there, but such a blast.

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4

Great album

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69 is too many right? So many of these are wonderful and I think. 'The book of love' is one of those songs that is perfect and too short- just like 'Please, please, please let me get what I want'.

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4

I mean. I love this album. Since childhood.

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Even tho this is a week long it’s all pretty consistent

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Too much of a good thing?

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Quedé perplejo al ver que el título, al menos en la cifra, es literal. Otra banda de la cual ni siquiera había oído y diré que sí oiría más de ellos, con todo y que las 69 Love Songs hayan durado casi tres horas. Me dio muchas vibras tipo Belle & Sebastian, pero líricamente despojados de la cursilería o hasta a veces mojigatería de los escoceses (que tampoco es defecto para mí, los amo). No obstante el "love" de las love songs muchas veces es algo más parecido al desamor, a la melancolía y la decepción amorosa, hay varios momentos humorísticos y también de repente sonidos que descuadran del conjunto. En fin, compuesto de tres discos, si tuviera que hacer un setlist para un álbum con una duración más racional (jaja), escogería las siguientes canciones: Absolutely Cuckoo, All My Little Words, A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off, Come Back from San Francisco, Fido Your Leash is Too Long, Nothing Matters When We're Dancing, Very Funny, Washington D. C., Long-Forgotten Fairytale, Yeah! Oh, Yeah!, I Can't Touch You Anymore y How To Say Goodbye. En este listado se incluyen vibras de soundtrack de cine teen indie (Juno, por ejemplo), fantasías cibernéticas, baladitas sencillas de triste pop o canciones melancólicas con melodía sintética. En fin, el disco es un lindo esfuerzo pop, sobre todo para hacer 69 canciones. 8.5/10

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fun and inventive songs that put a smile on my face. A band I knew in name only. Will relisten again, 69 songs is a lot to take in.

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No creo que vaya a tener la paciencia de acabar hoy el disco, pero no necesariamente me estaba disgustando, sí lo voy a acabar entre mañana y pasado. En general son chistosas las letras de las canciones y creo que justo eso es su fuerte. Por ratos sin sentido, por ratos irónicas, por ratos sad con un toque despreocupado. La voz soñolienta del vocalista me agradó también, ese estilo de canto con hueva a la Valentin Elizalde meets Brendan Perry del un rock/pop indie cualquiera. Mood: haciendo memes chistosos pero muerto por dentro.

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Heel veel verschillende soorten liefdesliedjes. zoals de titel al zegt. Bijzonder project en er zit wel wat leuks bij

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A triple album that does exactly what it says on the tin. There's a range of styles here and though there is obviously going to be filler with a triple album there are some truly great songs on each disc. This is an album to dip in and out of. BT: I Don't Want To Get Over You, Papa Was a Rodeo, Busby Berkeley Dreams

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4

Despite its length and its reliance on a joke, these are some of the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard. At least on Disc One. I don't care much for the second disc. The third disc didn't bring any new ideas to the table either. The abridged version of this album is to just listen to disc one, you'll get all the best songs anyways (with that in mind, my rating is based on disc one. As a whole, the album is a 1 or 2). Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 26, 33, 34, 40, 41, 47, and 57.

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Wow, didn't expect this to be so consistent and entertaining. Definitely some forgettable tracks but with 69 there's an amazing amount of variety and creativity here. Plus the rhymes are hilarious. Definitely no writer's block for this guy.

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4.2 + Bought this box set when it first came out and it sat like a brick in my bedroom, and various college dorms. Before this weekend, I may have listened to it all the way through maybe once, if that. On initial listen, the songs felt dashed off, the arrangements sketchy, the vocal performances distracting. Knowing what to expect, I was able to give a more objective listen this time around and I'm left awed by the quality and quantity here. To be sure, there are a handful of annoying old-time ditties as well as a few beat-off tracks ("Love is Like Jazz", "Washington, DC"). But there's a light and casual feel to the album overall that lends humanity to the endeavor and I was consistently charmed throughout. Most of the songs I like best avoid satirizing love song clichés, and instead blend melody with interesting soundscapes. Each song presents interesting ideas, and examines genuine emotions and love song tropes. Despite its warts, it's hard to deny how much Stephin Merritt put into this project and I'd say overall it's extremely successful. I'm glad I finally invested the time, and hope to return someday.

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Jesus, this album is jam packed with songs, I highly recommend not listening to it in one sitting, rather spreading the listening experience out a bit. But when you do listen to it, you'll find it's a great album filled with heaps upon heaps of variety.

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4

You couldn't really grasp an album like this on the first listen, which says something with how well I still liked it

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4

Lmaooooooo😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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<3<3<3

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Voice is ace VU vibes Loads of good stuff on here It's funny So much good

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4

Long but some beauts

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Tres long.. mais la variete de style et de chanson sont tres bon. Et l’auteurn a vraiment effectue un tour de force. J’aime bien le 1er disque et je retournerai pour les 2 autres. 4.25

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4

Cool listen. So many songs feels like a Spotify playlist! Enjoyed much of the music and lyrics. Will rotate in here and there. Nothing really stood out, so 4

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4

Can't decide whether I love or hate the fact this is literally 69 songs but I have to respect it. It's fun, goofy, a bit dark sometimes and too long.

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4

Was gonna swerve it managed to get through it all. Fucking superb effort for nearly 3 hours 👏

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Varsinkin tekstien puolella paljon helmiä! Käsittämätön biisikimara ja hieno konsepti. Totta kai mukana turhaa, mutta keskimäärin hyvä. Reno Dakota on todella hauskasti sanoitettu, samoin säepari "No one will ever love you honestly / No one will ever love your honesty" oli omia suosikkeja. Hyvää tasapainottelua huumorin ja vakavuuden rajamailla. 4/5

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4

almost 3 hours. didn't expect to enjoy this bit as much as I did

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4

Good tunes, lyrics, and melodies. I get why it's an indie rock classic. Could have used some editing, definitely doesn't need to be so long. Merritt's voice is definitely a love it/hate it instrument. But, if nothing else, you have to admire the album's sprawl, and there are good songs throughout.

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6.9/10. Nice.

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4

Had not listened to this album for years - quite a bit of hype at the time so makes sense to have it on the list. 69 songs ..some of them sketchy and not going anywhere, other ones still work very well, although one has to be in the right mood to appreciate the performance instead of getting annoyed by it. I hesitate between 3 or 4 stars but go with my appreciation for it 20+ years ago ..so 4 stars.

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4

oh man this is a long long album. +1 for book of love. -1 for bad songs.

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4

This was a long album. A lot of filler but also a lot of memorably enjoyable songs. Some of it is a little experimental and that might not be everyone's cup of tea. I liked it but I'll probably not be listening to all of it in one go again.

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4

I have not listened to all of this yet - 69 songs! But i will listenend to a couple of hours and will get to all of it eventually. i really like it, it is my kind of music. Hard to define as it is quite varied. Quite random and not really love songs. for the most part the songs are humerous and often quite light hearted, perhaps sometimes with more serious undertones. i could listen to this on a long drive, or while running and enjoy pretty much every song ( so far)

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4

I can't believe I listened to the whe thing. Reminds me of bands like Beat Happening and Netral milk Hotel...short on production,short on fi high on melody. Quite a project one that I hope to return to again in smaller doses. 4 🌟

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Ambitious

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3

Dude, the songs are good,but 69???? SIXTY NINE??? By the time I finished this I was soo fed up. 6.5/10 F. T. : When my Boy Walks Down the Street

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Odd so far nice-ish first disk is ok relaxation music, kinda Disk 1 was better than 2 It's fine really. 3

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3 timer langt album! Det er simpelthen for mange sange Flere af dem er gode og han synger udmærket. Men Come on - kill your darlings!

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3

Love songs

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3

Very impressive and a few good tunes in there but 3 hours becomes a bit of a chore

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3

2 hr 45 min! Only listened to disc 1, but the lyrics are charming

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3

This is a very long album. I liked the song poppa was a rodeo. There are many outrageous lyrics that require you to pay close attention. Other than that probably pretty average for this list.

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Omituinen konseptilevy normaalisti kovasti arvostamaltani yhtyeeltä. En ole koskaan oikein päässyt tähän sisälle kestosta johtuen. Samaa ongelmaa oli nytkin havaittavissa. Parhaat kappaleet kyllä jää mieleen, mutta turhaa täytemateriaalia on aivan liikaa. Parhaat 15 kappaletta valikoimalla tämä olisi erinomainen levy, nyt vaan keskinkertainen. Jatkossakin keskityn muihin Magnetic Fieldsin levyihin.

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3

I stopped about half way through the 69 love songs, cause they’re all just chill 90s love songs. Fine, but not memorable.

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3

I got confused and thought this was "The Magnetic Zeroes" so I was expecting that ONE song. Oh boy, these lyrics are a bit much. The singing is a bit too saccharine to me, but that's my bitter heart. Ugh, do I wanna listen to this for 3 hours though? I am gonna skip to "The Book of Love" which is their "hit" and see if I like it. Eh, not really. I am bailing on this. Also funny their 2020 album is called "Quickies" and is 47 min long, ha. I am not opposed to the length of the album if I enjoyed it... but it's just there. 2.5 to... 3. But just barely. I wouldn't be offended if it's on, but I would prob never choose to listen to it. Could work well for background music.

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3

I like the idea, but not necessarily the execution.

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3

The album that could have been. I liked the sound but had it been a reasonable run time, it would have had more of my attention.

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3

had never heard of this group before. it was a good listen.

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3

Some good jams, a little long

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3

Maemia que largo es esto ;)

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This is the longest album that I already listened entirely. It's hard to evaluate it because it has almost all song styles and possibilities for an English love song. a kind of repetitive album, but it's not the worst thing ever, just an "ok" album with an ambitious idea behind it. Ambitious albums are almost always a good idea, but this one is not one of the best-executed ones.

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3

interesting. Didn't end up listening to all of it because it is like 4 cds long

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Aikamoinen pläjäys. Kahteen kertaan kuuntelin läpi osissa. Biisit oli sinänsä ihan hyviä, mutta paketti vähän liian tuhti. Matkan varrella oli kyllä vaihtelua, eka levy toi mieleen Belle & Sebastianin, toisella levyllä oli ehkä vähän kokeellisempaa ja ehkä konemaisempaakin settiä. Kolmas levy tuntui taas akustisemmalta ja levyn loppupuolella vähän Yann Tiersenmäistä menoa. Mikähän tässä on ollut ideana, että on pitänyt tehdä tällainen megalevy? Vähän leikittelin myös ajatuksella, että tällaistakohan se on tuottajilla ja levy-yhtiön muilla duunareilla, kun bändillä on se 69 biisiaihiota, joista pitäisi kasata timanttinen levy. En kuitenkaan jaksanut alkaa kelailemaan ja analysoimaan että mitkä biisit poimisin ja mihin järjestykseen laittaisin. Ehkä sitten joskus.

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3

Smooth.

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Kinda like it. Men 69 är ganska många låtar så vi får se... The book of love och parades go by är rätt bra. Det är MYCKET konstigt tho. Ganska nice lyssning overall, hade kanske blivit 4 om den inte va så lång nu blir det 3/5 My sentimental melody No one Will ever love you Washington DC All my little words

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nice Saved: I Think I Need a New Heart, No One Will Ever Love You, Queen of the Savages

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3

too long

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suena como que pudieron sacar 3-4 discos de este y hacerlos más coherentes, pero también suena como que llevas tres horas escuchando mucho de lo mismo (?)

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3

There were some pretty good songs on here. Honestly, it was way too long and I just got burnt out halfway through.

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3

An ambitious effort to have 69 actual love songs in an album, but as with anything less can be more. In this case, it would be more quality and less bloat. Some of these songs are genuinely good, but given the presentation of them in a long list, it's hard for any one to stand out among the crowd.

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achei gostosinho de ouvir. Algumas eram mais ou menos

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Well, it's certainly a lot of effort and work for a concept like this. I feel like with such a huge list of entries songs are bound to blend together or feel under developed. Magnetic Fields' style also is likely not my bag in general, but there are some real gems to pick out of this selection. Favorite Song: Book of Love

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3

Good songs, a tad long

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Funny

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3

Didn't love it. Very weird, and occasionally enjoyable, but overall, not my thing

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3

Seriously? 2 hours of love songs? Bleh

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I had a lot of fun with this album, I like the idea of an album celebrating a certain kind of song

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3

wtf

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All my little words is good, otherwise sounds like sappy generic alternative/college/ Morrisey inspired music. Actually I was too harsh some of the songs are worth a listen

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I Don't Want to Get Over You, Nothing Matters When We're Dancing, The Book of Love, When My Boy Walks Down the Street, No One Will Ever Love You, Papa Was a Rodeo, Epitaph for My Heart

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As everyone mentions, there is some filler as there are 69 songs... so why didn't they just cut the filler? I guess they weren't making an album for people who insist on listening to a different album every day! Anyhow, 34 songs in and it's not bad. Can't give it a full review as I can't set aside the time to listen properly. But as I'm dropping in and out it is actually ok in places. It's just that 69 songs of the same band in a row is getting a bit boring, even though they're mixing up the style a bit.

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made it halfway. would have been a 2 had it not been for ambition and scale.

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This is a generous 3, based on some of the songs being really good - and I didn't make it to the end. But there's no excuse for making the listener do the job of editing your record down to size. Save the crappy ~55 tracks for b-sides and special editions.

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3 - this thing is huge. haven't made it through the whole thing yet. just about 40ish songs tracks: reno dakota, luckiest guy on the lower east side, book of love, it's a crime, busby berkeley dreams, acoustic guitar

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I really like this album and most of the songs on it, but having 69 songs requires removing a star.

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69. Nice. 3 Discs. 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Not so nice. It feels like a Gimmick at points. but like, it's fairly decent. it's just a pretty extreme undertaking lol. Like there isn't very much of a chance I can handle this whole thing in single listening period. So it's taken two different sit downs. It's pretty alright. I didn't hate it.

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There’s a level to which this album is endearing, but after a while it becomes just hard to follow despite the fact that the songs are short, simple, and catchy. I’m impressed with the sheer scale of this album and it was clearly a labor of love but at almost three hours, it feels self-indulgent

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Crikey that was long. My tendency to overcommit won out, and I’m pleased I stuck with it, as this band was completely new to me (will be checking out their shorter efforts). Some beautiful songs but also some forgettable fillers, especially as the album went on. He has a great voice. Particularly liked Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing, Grand Canyon and I Don’t Want To Get Over You.

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this one took a really long time to get through...in part because i was busy, in part because it was long (as suggested by the name), and in part because i wasn't sooooper motivated to keep coming back to it. overall, this wasn't bad. his vocal range is impressive, and what he does with it is fun. and i definitely appreciate the idea of doing this as an art piece...but, man, was it a lot to get through for something i didn't absolutely love.

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Rating: 5/10

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This is an ambitious project with a sense of humor and some good songs. It was wise to bring in a few other vocalists and to change up the genres, but still you get Steven Merritt singing for over 2 hours, which is a bit much.

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Yeah that sure was 69 songs. If finding this album resulted from a google search of the term "love songs" because you couldn't remember the precise name of McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" or you were looking for a good song to play at a wedding, you will soon conclude that you knocked at the wrong door. I like the plethora of instruments. including the washboard, the gong, the marxophone and. of course, the always popular spirit chaser. The many different instruments and lead vocalists keep things from getting too monotonous. Kinda critical for an album that's three hours. What I like most is the wry sense of humour. The final song, Zebra, is a great example of this.

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The concept is compelling. The variety is impressive. The performances are committed. The album is long.

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Well, there's nearly 3 hours that flew by. Quirky and entertaining; lyrically interesting.

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7/10

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Nice

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Wow

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So I definitely didn't listen to all of this. I listened to 32 of them and that simply has to suffice. While I do applaud the ambition of this project, I definitely feel like it's misguided. It just doesn't seem close to good enough in its execution. There are good reasons bands normally don't release albums this size. It's because albums are just way better with fewer songs that are all high quality. Just select the 15 best out of these 69 songs and you'd probably end up with a great record. There are a couple of gems on here. It's simply not worth wading through the chaff to get to them though.

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Ambitious but bloated. It's impossible to recall any given song when there's another 68 on the album with it

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Only listened to the first disc - couldn't stomach 3 hours of it. Might go down after the first disc, so 3 is perhaps generous. I did like what I heard though.

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Not enjoyable

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Sure, here's a three-hour concept album, you have a day to listen to it. But it does what it says on the box.

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There are 69 songs, I'll give them that. The concept of a large volume of under produced, not-all-that-in-key songs really doesn't do it for me. I am struggling to find the appeal, and I lose respect for the artistic process with every new song. Editing, refinement and actual emotions are things I value much more than hearing an exposé of the process. I enjoy Peter Gabriel's version of The Book of Love, the original doesn't stand out from the sea of tracks. I enjoyed The One You Really Love, Papa Was a Rodeo, Love is Like a Bottle of Gin, and Zebra but not enough to want to listen again. Things get a little weird on the third disc (Experimental Music Love, For We Are the King of the Boudoir, Xylophone Track), but it's too little, too late. I'm bored, I'm tired, and my Spotify algorithm is confused.

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Very neutral to the whole thing, not bad, not great. Definitely long.

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Tooooooo long

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This is a fascinating album in that the length is so heavy. I just don't have three hours to spend on it. I get the point behind it. I just have other things to do.

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No äh, ois tämäkin neljän tähden levy, jos ois vaan koostettu se 50 min setti. Nyt ei kyllä millään, kun varsinkin kolmoslevy tuntuu toistavan aiempaa. Monta tosi kivaa biisiä kuitenkin. Ja vaikka tuntuu laajuudessaan snadisti omahyväiseltä projektilta, niin ei se lopulta häirinnyt. Musiikki ja lyriikat jaksoivat kantaa.

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Yllättävän kuuntelukelpoista hassuttelua. Kyllä koko kolmetuntisen jaksoi kuunnella, vaikka ei mitään timangia ollutkaan. En usko että muistan yhtään biisiä ja voi olla etten koskaan tuu kuuntelemaan uudestaan, mutta silti oli ihan positiivinen kokemus.

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It's interesting. It's inventive. I got to number seven, though, and that was enough. Considered adding, but no.

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69 actual songs... and only one that's decent.

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really mixed feelings here. i admire the ambition of the project and it had some really lovely tracks, (luckiest guy, need a new heart, washington dc, papa was a rodeo) but quite a few were just really not pleasant to listen to, and it's a lot to get through. around hour 2 I also noticed the songwriting style getting a little stale- like the meter and rhymes became predictable or something, but i'd imagine that would happen for any artist. 5/10

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Some good songs, but way too long man

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sounds like Neil Hannon which is not a bad thing

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My brain is split into two when this was generated. One was overjoyed at the number 69, but the other is moaning to the fact I have to listen to that many songs about a single theme. Thank god they didn't make an album called 420 weed songs. Do give it a listen though, as there are various perspectives, situations, and types of love around here. There is also thankfully a wide variety of genres and instruments used, even different members of the band and guest musicians take the spotlight on vocals. Highlight picks were Papa Was A Rodeo, The Book Of Love, Sweet-Lovin' Man, No One Will Ever Love You, Long-Forgotten Fairytale and The Death Of Ferdinand de Sassure. While I love the concept, this would be a 5 if it was condensed to half its length. That would provide enough great songs while not burning out my patience. I also feel some songs get unfairly lost in this project.

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Ahh this album. I split it up over a few days listening sessions to make it easier to listen to since it's a lot of the same theme. I only really knew The Book of Love before and maybe had dabbled in a few songs from it here and there. It's ambitious but in that ambition you need to back it up with solid material and there just isn't enough here. 2.5/5

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The songs are boring but the concept is awesome

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Prolific album. Lots of tracks. Short. Sweet. Pleasant

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You've got the admire the ambition here and the best bits are a 4 star album, maybe even 5, but there is just far, far too much of it. Nearly 3 hours of music was too much in 1999 so in 2022 when you're lucky to hold a listener's attention longer than the length of Tiktok video, it is just madness. Incidently I lasted 26 songs before drifting off and doing something else.

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69 songs? Nah, 3 is enough

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69! do you get it! its a sex joke! i didn't really mind the tracks i listened to, but who the fuck actually has the stamina to listen to the 4 weeks worth of music they produced. can't believe they committed to the Mega LOL that hard and produced 69 3 minute long whimsical ditties about love. that's some serious stamina.

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It’s amazing how hard it is to block off 3 HOURS during a workday to listen to music. I respect the concept and overall think it’s successful, but in reality there is probably 1-2 albums of great songs, with a lot of experimentation and filler.

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I’ll be honest in that I cannot finish this album just because it’s so damn long. But, I actually quite enjoy the concept as well as the lyrics of the songs themselves. Minus 1 star for length.

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seems like a gimmick?

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This one brings me back to 2011, and to my first real heartbreak in particular. I played the hell out of "Absolutely Cuckoo" because Stacy introduced it to me, and the Book of Love has shown up on quite a few playlists. The whole project is 3 hours long, though... way too long, and not every song was great.

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“All my little words” is an all-time favorite of mine, but, funnily enough, I was not aware it was from a 69 songs record lol... the album starts strong, some good tunes and interesting music but then it becomes more and more of the same and drags for literally hours. It changes a bit and grabs new strength starting the third record but falls again in nonsense and half backed songs. There are some good tunes but I wonder if it would have made the list if it had been a regular length record with the best say 12 songs and not just because it was a 69 songs long record.

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Difícil não ter uma dúzia de música boa entre 69, mas a maioria é ruim ou chata.

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highlights - a chicken with its head cut off, i think i need a new heart, book of love, Sweet Lovin' Man, Long-Forgotten Fairytale, bitter tears (i wanted more of this, it's too short) lowlights - how f*ng romantic, a pretty girl is like This "album" is like a 30 songs in 30 days challenge; when artists do this, not everything should be kept...Sometimes greatness comes out, but a lot of filler that's best left on the cutting room floor. There are certainly gems to be found, but many are tough to listen through...luckily most tracks are short (Bitter Tears was a great track I wanted MORE), but after a while fatigue sets in and I stopped caring. Some tracks were distractingly bad (how f*ing romantic)...and overall I started to feel like Book of Love (gem) is also a review of this album...Long and boring...some of it is transcendental...some of it is just really dumb.

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Konzeptalbum!!!! Ja, großer Wurf, die Box beinhaltet 3 CDs - ich schwöre sie nicht ein Mal komplett gehört zu haben. Und ich werd das wohl auch nie schaffen, even „not for all the tea in China“

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Pedestrian

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Toooooooo long

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Way too long

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Eclectic I think the word is!

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2/5 to tell you the truth they probably decided to go with quantity instead of quality

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Gimmick idea (69 songs in 3 CDs of 23 songs each), but I found the results rather meh

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Just stupid BS

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Meh too many songs nothing particularly remarkable. Did not finish.

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This album is way too long. I am not a lyrics person in general so I feel like I missed a lot of what makes this album a good one. Musically wasn't anything stellar.

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Ambitious for the goal in mind. I applaud anyone who actually went through the entire album, as I only went through the first third and any other tracks that had a high number of Spotify plays or interesting titles. A lot of the tracks are decent, and a few work really well, mostly the folk-pop / country-pop songs. They had a lot of fun experimenting with all these different genres, and it helps keep you going through the tracklist, but they don't understand how to use these different genres. Their attempts with world music or synth only possess remnants of the music they try to represent. The sounds and instruments often clash with the vocals and seem like they're doing their own thing. Despite being gimmicky, it gave me insight on distinguishing all these genres.

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There's a good album in here somewhere. I'm guessing a fun game to play would be to pair it down from 69(!) songs to around 15. Then we might have a 5 star album. As it is, it's just too self-indulgent.

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The good tracks are good, and the lyrics are great. But this many tracks is just way too much. There's not enough stuff to tie the whole thing together which I guess means I don't get the concept of the concept album but hey.

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Jesus Christ its actually 69 songs long. unfortunately the beginning doesnt seem to be very good

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Boring, self indulgent, twee…. And that was just the first 10.1%

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I like some of the Magnetic Fields' other songs so I really tried to give this a chance. But this is a classic case of quantity over quality. After about 10 songs they get so monotonous and the voices are so freaking annoying I really couldn't continue. This is a cute gimmick that has gone badly off the rails.

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No es mal álbum, de hecho es algo bueno pero ¿por qué 69 canciones? Después de las primeras 10 se torna aburrido y repetitivo ¿cómo puedo pasar 3 horas escuchando lo mismo?

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Ok indie music, it actually has 69 songs

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It was saved from a 1 star rating by The Book of Love alone because that song did strike a chord with me. 1 gold nugget amid 68 turds.

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rather would be 19 songs instead of 69 :)

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Holy shit what a fucking punish. 3 hours of dreary indie rock. Yes it's very ironic, here's the annoying hipster award. I listened to about half, which is still twice as long as it should've been. 2/5.

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Not my jam

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Got it but didn’t want to listen.

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69 tracks! I got bored after 5 or 6.

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Way to long. Some of the songs were interesting (I need a new heart my favorite) but I think there was too much filler to get to 69 songs.

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So so so so long. Some of these were good. Others felt like the throw away games on those cheap knock off 42 in 1 video game consoles. Need some filler to hit the numbers.

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Some good songs - but hard to get through all of them.

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Mmm mmm mmm mmm. I'll crash test this one. Some quality deep vocals. 3 discs. 3 hours... Sounds like Beck in parts. And like a high school drama production in others. Interesting to say the least. The Book of Love has tender moments.

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Self indulgent? Tongue in Cheek? Sometimes funny? Yes to all, and that’s why it should not be soooo long. I get that you’re going for 69(hehe) but c’mon.

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didn't listen to much of it

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Appreciate & respect the project, just not songs I'd seek out for three full hours. I listened to it all but it became background music... I know there were songs sprinkled in that almost caught my ear but not enough for me to stop what I was doing to see which ones. Maybe will try again sometime.

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Nice songs. But 2.5 hours???

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Ma come 69 canzoni e 2 ore e 52 minuti?! 'I don't believe in the sun' non male. Anche 'A Chicken with its head cut off' e 'Reno Dakota', boh forse come spettacolo da guardare live ci può stare, ma non so se me la sento di ascoltarlo tutto. Qualcuna appunto, si fa ascoltare, ma l'esperienza in generale, non la consiglierei. Il tutto per essere stato mollato, spero abbia aiutato. Non pessimo, ma 1 stella in meno per la lunghezza.

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TLDR

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Way too long of an album 3 hours and only a handful of interesting songs the vast majority were quite boring

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Three hours of this? Fuck off.

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Very average, no real highs or lows, just alright throughout. Although the concept is clear, the album is way too long and unmemorable.

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It's amazing how you can make 69 songs on a single album but not one stands out.

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It was just way to much filler

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Whilst this was playing, I groped a young Japanese man in the checkout queue at Tesco. He was happy and smelt of oranges.

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This album frustrates me because I quite enjoy the song writing, the wit, the vibe, and the variety of this album but it's length seems self-indulgent and gimmicky. I only made it through 31 songs and I'm just not inclined to continue to listen...the enjoyment just doesn't outweigh my willingness to give it more of my time

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I am not a big fan at all, too long not too many songs that stick out

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I would give it less if I could.

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Si je pouvais mettre 0 je le ferais.

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Meh. Not my thing.

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This album is at least 68 songs too long. Most of the tracks sound like they could have been composed and sang by a primary school band. Whoever finds this album enjoyable obviously hasn’t broadened their musical listening too much at all. El crapo! 1 Star!

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What a stupid album

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Not my style

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Songs sound unfinished. Could not get past the vocals. Lyrics could use work. Maybe a second listen is warranted, but first impression is not a good one

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69 loves songs! 2hrs52mins. I get that these were like anti love songs but it still went on for too long and it's the first album I havent completed

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Nope

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This album is the epitome of using 2000 words to express a point easily made in 300 words. Most songs are not worth listening to as they suffer from the problem of little quality. It feels as if both the backing tracks and lyrics were hastily conceived in 2 weeks, and although some songs may be enjoyable or even resonate deeply with you, it's fatiguing to try and find them in the mess.

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Unlistenable.

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oof, too much of that... skipped through a dozen or so tracks, not into it enough to sit through 3 hours worth ;-p

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I understand that this album is poking fun at love songs, not love itself. And to its credit, some of the lyrics made me giggle. However, once again, the singing and music... Some tracks were great in both ways, but most tracks were grating in one way, the other, or both. This is a pretty strong "nope" for me. I'm going to leave this a strong 1 star (meaning, might be 2 stars under different circumstances).

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The opening lyrics of "The Book of Love" is "The book of love is long and boring"... kind of like this album. Imagine writing 69 songs and every one of them misses. 3/10.

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too many fillers

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If anything it’s too many songs

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So awful. Even skipping part-way through songs, I couldn't further than 8-9 songs.

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Awful

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Voi helvetin suuruudenhullut ei saatana... Kuuskytvitun yhdeksän rakkauslaulua ja melkeen kolme tuntii indiehelvettiä. Tää punkkari menee oksentamaan pienpanimo-olutta roskakatokseen. Ei vaan. Siis onhan tässä variaatiota! Tääl on vähän jazzahtavaakin tavaraa sekä sit tollasta syntikkapoppia ja countrya jne. Mut siis silti aivan älyttömän pitkä kokonaisuus. Ei oo mua varten ei sit todellakaan, vaikka osa teksteistä vaikutti aika hauskoilta. Kokonaisuus on vaan liian puuduttava että tätä jaksais ottaa kunnolla haltuun. 1/5

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Wow this album actually has 69 songs on it, this is going to be a long one. "The book of love is long and boring" yeah no kidding so is this album. They really just wrote down the first idea they had and wrote a song on it, just very shallow and the effort was just to reach the number and not actually produce good music. Song 25 Update: I'm losing my mind, how is there still over 40 left? This is just torture. Song 45: I don't know if this is a joke or not, what's real? Am I sleeping, is this a nightmare from which I will never awaken? Song 68: Holy shit, it's almost over. I almost have my life back. There is hope in this world, everything ends. And it's over! I did it, I survived, life can continue! I did like "Fido, Your Leash is too long" for what it's worth.

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Demasiado largo. No escuché ninguna canción que vaya a pasar a la historia

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3 hours, really? Usually, when I listen to these long self-indulgent multi albums I find myself thinking that they would make great single albums if they could cut the filler. But I don't think you could make this better than 'good'. Sure, there are some nice songs, but no genius or stand out moments, so it just washed over me like a blanket of mediocre unmemorable mostly indie twiddlings. By the end, I was just glad it was over and I couldn't think of any moments I might want to go back and relisten to.

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No love for this one

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Nope

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Get over yourself. This isn't an album that needs to exist. Release it as 3 albums if you want that many songs. No reason to waste time on this.

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