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Magnetic Fields: Love at the Bottom of the Sea [Merge, 2012]
These 15 song-puzzles in 34:20 are sophisticated amusements all, although often the amusement is attenuated and one I get bored with before half its 2:38 is over. How amusing they prove over time remains, of course, to be determined. Most amusing: "Your Girlfriend's Face" and "I'll Go Anywhere With Hugh" (tie). Most--sorry, it's the right word--soulful: "Andrew in Drag." I note for the record that all three are among the first five tracks. A-