50 Song Memoir didn’t make the top 10 in the month it was released in the AOTM thread that I post.
When it first came out, I skim listened to it and thought it was ok, a slight let down, but had bought tickets for both nights at The Barbican.
As the concerts came near, I listened to the albums heavily to get my money’s worth. Loved the albums subsequently. Leading up to the weekend when The Magnetic Fields played I had loads of night shifts at work and on the Saturday itself I did a day shift. Listening to the albums was my comfort during a harsh week.
The concerts were great. On the first evening I ended up talking to a random quirky American woman. My mate joined me on the second evening where we moaned about our jobs and were grateful for an evening with The Magnetic Fields. Even small-ish stuff where I realised that they were selling autographed prints so I came with a poster tube the next evening for my purchases.
That album and that weekend were one of my highlights of the year.
I Wish I Had Pictures and Have You Seen It In The Snow are 69 Love Songs worthy and How I Failed Ethics is his song writing at his very best.
A fantastic album.