What does it sound like?:
The obvious point of comparison for 50 Song Memoir is The Magentic Fields’ previous multi-song masterwork, 69 Love Songs. And, Indeed, fans of that popular work will not be disappointed here. There is the same eclectic mix of styles, hummable tunes and droll turns of phrase. There’s a lot to like. The standard of songwriting is pretty high – they were compiled over a long period of time, which probably helped. The hit rate is higher than 69 Love Songs, I’d say even if there’s nothing that quite hits the highs of that album (though, ahem, give me time – this is growing on me with each listen). The difference is that Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields songwriter etc., has composed avowedly autobiographical songs (for the first time, allegedly) – one for each year of his life up to age 50, covering the years 1966 to 2015.
What does it all *mean*?
We get a potted history of Mr Merritt’s life through the medium of song. Luckily, it has been quite an interesting one. His bohemian mother gets a few appearances. Memorably, Merritt – aged 5 – is taken to see the Jefferson Airplane and » Continue Reading.