Showtunes (2006) With his mutable chamber-rock group the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt's witty, wordy songwriting has always suggested a talent for musical theater. Showtunes bears it out:… 2006-03-14 Stephin Merritt Indie Rock
Music Review

Showtunes (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 14, 2006; Lead Performance: Stephin Merritt; Genre: Indie Rock

With his mutable chamber-rock group the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt's witty, wordy songwriting has always suggested a talent for musical theater. Showtunes bears it out: A set of songs composed for productions by stage director Chen Shi-Zheng showcases the usual droll wit (''Ukulele Me!'' ''Sorry, Wrong Show'') colored with Asian instruments and a pronounced Gilbert and Sullivan fixation. DVD visuals would help, but it still beats Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Originally posted Mar 10, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints