Magnetic Fields, The / Realism
Album: Realism   Collection:General
Artist:Magnetic Fields, The   Added:Feb 2010
Label:Nonesuch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-02-07 Pull Date: 2010-04-11
Week Ending: Apr 11 Mar 28 Mar 14 Mar 7 Feb 28 Feb 21 Feb 14
Airplays: 1 2 4 7 3 5 7

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 06, 2015: Shytown
Walk A Lonely Road
4. Mar 15, 2013: Time Traveler
You Must Be Out Of Your Mind
2. Mar 21, 2015: Mix Tape: Out of the Skillet into the fire
We Are Having A Hootenanny
5. Aug 31, 2012: Time Traveler
You Must Be Out Of Your Mind
3. Oct 18, 2013: Time Traveler
You Must Be Out Of Your Mind
6. Jul 20, 2012: Time Traveler
You Must Be Out Of Your Mind

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-02-02
Super twee upbeat folk-tinged indie rock. Lots of sticky-sweet jangly stuff that would make a perfect soundtrack to dreams about tea parties with fairies and gnomes and pastel colors. Nothing offensive or edgy here. The Magnetic Fields are kind of like Belle and Sebastian, the Sixths, Voxtrot, etc. but a bit more…fluffy. They have made a lot of really consistent releases, so they’re kind of a big deal. If you are into indie rock at all then you will love this album. If you’re not, then this will be your newest guilty pleasure. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

FCC: Clean! (Are you kidding me? Their mothers would kill them…)
TRY: 7,1,4,2,11

*1. Lush instrumentation, jangly guitars, mandolin and this cute little triangle “ting.” Dreamy male vocals. A good snag.
*2. Nice harp line intro. Sweet, airy female vocals. Pianos and strings galore.
3. Painfully cheerful upbeat acoustic ditty with banjos and fiddles. Fairly stupid lyrics. This song is hellaciously happy-go-lucky…don’t say I didn’t warn you.
*4. Fairly low-fi. Lots of percussion…nice male vocals although it’s pretty Debbie Downer, even for a slow jam. There’s an awesome cello line in it for all you string fans though.
5. HAHAHA! This song is ACTUALLY ABOUT A TEA PARTY! It sounds just like it too! Kind of Nutcrackerish…lots of tinkering percussion, marching band horns, etc. I think I heard a few tin soldiers in there somewhere…A very sweet song, though.
6. Strummy acoustic guitar, punctuating horn parts. Brian-Wilson-imitation orchestration. Steady male vocals. Achtung! Several of the lines are in German.
*7. Super-smooth dreamy landscape. Male and female vocals perfectly interwoven with cellos and gentle drumming. Excellent.
8. Slow, crisp ballad with lots of banjos and a very surreal atmosphere.
9. Grand, majestic sound. Like some sort of slow Viennese Ball dance. Harpsichord and everything.
10. Horns, strummy mandolins, slow deliberate male vocals. Excellent harmony parts with tons of cheery bird sound effects.
*11. Xylophone and harpsichord with very vulnerable, open vocals. Occasional guitar.
12. Upbeat “Let’s Go Dance!!!” song. Lots going on here—a sort of wall-of-sound approach.
13. Long instrumental leads into occasional earnest singing. Accordions and horns slowly bring the album to the end.

Track Listing
1. You Must Be Out Of Your Mind   7. Walk A Lonely Road
2. Interlude   8. Always Already Gone
3. We Are Having A Hootenanny   9. Seduced And Abandoned
4. I Don't Know What To Say   10. Better Things
5. The Dolls' Tea Party   11. Painted Flower
6. Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree   12. The Dada Polka
  13. From A Sinking Boat