Realism After a detour into the aptly named Distortion in 2008, Stephin Merritt returns to chamber pop with Realism . The twinkling arrangements sound like something… Realism After a detour into the aptly named Distortion in 2008, Stephin Merritt returns to chamber pop with Realism . The twinkling arrangements sound like something… 2010-01-26 The Magnetic Fields Pop
Music Review

Realism (2010)

Realism, The Magnetic Fields | REALIST The Magnetic Fields
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REALIST The Magnetic Fields
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 26, 2010; Lead Performance: The Magnetic Fields; Genre: Pop

After a detour into the aptly named Distortion in 2008, Stephin Merritt returns to chamber pop with Realism. The twinkling arrangements sound like something out of a child's music box, even as they mask sobering despair and twisted observations about the absurdity of it all. The delicate melodies — sung by Merritt and various innocents, including longtime collaborator Claudia Gonson — 
make all the psychic mayhem go down smoothly, barely leaving a trace of blood on the floor. A

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Originally posted Jan 27, 2010 Published in issue #1088 Feb 05, 2010 Order article reprints