Most of The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs work simultaneously on two levels: Driving, laughing, with the windows down, and wallowing under covers in self-pity. So I’ll make this one a double feature. First, for the first:
Then a very young Stephen Merrit, performing live on Later… with Jools Holland. In general he is a master of the incongruously snappy, love-lorn underworld. Here he drops the snappy.
“Somebody not too bright, but sweet and kind…”
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