The Magnetic Fields: Distortion (Nonesuch)

In the mid-1980s, the British music press’s reviews of The Jesus And Mary Chain often described them as ‘‘the Beach Boys with feedback’’. Sadly, the JAMC’s actual records never lived up to that billing, instead sounding more like Lou Reed doing Monke

26th January, 2008

In the mid-1980s, the British music press’s reviews of The Jesus And Mary Chain often described them as ‘‘the Beach Boys with feedback’’. Sadly, the JAMC’s actual records never lived up to that billing, instead sounding more like Lou Reed doing Monkees covers.

With Distortion, Stephin Merritt has succeeded where the Reids failed. An incontinently prolific songwriter who, in 1999, released a triple CD entitled 69...

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