💿 How Good Is It Really 💿 69 Love Songs

8.36 for Low, not as high as expected?

Position Album Rating
1 Spirit Of Eden 9.06
2 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 8.80
3 Hounds Of Love 8.79
4 Illmatic 8.70
5 It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back 8.51
6 Endtroducing…. 8.51
7 Marquee Moon 8.47
8 The Sophtware Slump 8.45
9 Spiderland 8.44
10 Untrue 8.43
11 Kid A 8.41
12 Low 8.36
13 Illinois 8.34
14 Loveless 8.24
15 Pet Sounds 8.22
16 Mezzanine 7.98
17 100 Broken Windows 7.97
18 Tago Mago 7.92
19 Turn On The Bright Lights 7.91
20 The Blue Album 7.71
21 Siamese Dream 7.64
22 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 7.54
23 Is This It 7.40
24 1989 6.80
25 Definitely Maybe 5.90

As promised, this week is The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs. Yes, there really are 69 songs on this album, it’s not just a clever name. But how good is it really?


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Going to do something different for best track as there’s so many of them. Choose your top 3 tracks from each volume then I’ll do a playoff in a couple of days

Volume 1
  • Absolutely Cuckoo
  • I Don’t Believe In The Sun
  • All My Little Words
  • A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
  • Reno Dakota
  • I Don’t Want To Get Over You
  • Come Back From San Francisco
  • The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
  • Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
  • The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be
  • I Think I Need A New Heart
  • The Book Of Love
  • Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long
  • How Fucking Romantic
  • The One You Really Love
  • Punk Love
  • Parades Go By
  • Boa Constrictor
  • A Pretty Girl Is Like…
  • My Sentimental Melody
  • Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing
  • Sweet-Lovin’ Man
  • The Things We Did And Didn’t Do

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Volume 2
  • Roses
  • Love Is Like Jazz
  • When My Boy Walks Down The Street
  • Time Enough For Rocking When We’re Old
  • Very Funny
  • Grand Canyon
  • No One Will Ever Love You
  • If You Don’t Cry
  • You’re My Only Home
  • (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy
  • My Only Friend
  • Promises Of Eternity
  • World Love
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Long-Forgotten Fairytale
  • Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  • Papa Was A Rodeo
  • Epitaph For My Heart
  • Asleep And Dreaming
  • The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing
  • The Way You Say Good-Night
  • Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan
  • I Shatter

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Volume 3
  • Underwear
  • It’s A Crime
  • Busby Berkeley Dreams
  • I’m Sorry I Love You
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure
  • Love In The Shadows
  • Bitter Tears
  • Wi’ Nae Wee Bairn Ye’ll Me Beget
  • Yeah! Oh, Yeah!
  • Experimental Music Love
  • Meaningless
  • Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin
  • Queen Of The Savages
  • Blue You
  • I Can’t Touch You Anymore
  • Two Kinds Of People
  • How To Say Goodbye
  • The Night You Can’t Remembe
  • For We Are The King Of The Boudoir
  • Strange Eyes
  • Xylophone Track
  • Zebra

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I like it but I don’t love it. Not something you can listen to in one sitting, so I tend to just go back to a few favourites (mostly on Disc 1 - Absolutely Cuckoo, Chicken With Its Head Cut Off, Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side, I Don’t Want To Get Over You, The One You Really Love), except I’ll nearly always sack it off in favour of listening to The House of Tomorrow for the thousandth time. Or Strange Powers.

The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure was very cathartic to listen to during my degree, Yeah! Oh Yeah! is brilliant. Never got the love for The Book of Love.

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Can’t wait for a MF HGATR so I can wang on about the House of Tomorrow.

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About 8 really good songs. 7/10 because of those


Best album ever



This will be my only contribution to the thread


We don’t have to be stars exploding in the night or electric eels under the covers
We don’t have to be anything quite so unreal…let’s just be lovers


Admire the ambition and some of it’s very good, but I don’t love it as a whole really. Maybe a 6(.9)

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10/10, one of my favourite ever albums.

The 60th best song on the album would have the potential to be my favourite by most other bands, that’s how good it is.


Amazing achievement. 10/10

Seriously considering giving my first 10 here. Sure, I could easily trim 20 tracks but that still leaves nearly 50

A lot of nonsense mixed in with some of the best songs ever written. The whole thing is brilliantly absurd.


10/10 - a towering achievement and completely timeless.

First heard about it when Stephen played on Jools Holland. Only did 1 song, barely 2 mins long but I went and bought it the next day as a result.

Did anyone go to the gigs at the Lyric when they played a disc each night? How I envy thee, if so.



was going to be today but changed it cause we knew this thread was happening

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would have been a good synergy

:star_struck: are we still getting it soon?

plz can House of Tomorrow be listed in album poll!!

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Would split the replies numbers too much, and I’m only in it for the numbers.


Voted 8/10 because its worth that but hoping it ends up 6.9/10.

This album was a bit of a holy grail for me for a while, loved All My Little Words on a free CD with a magazine (Select I think). Took a few years to find the a reasonable price, only ever saw it at £30 until eventually Fopp had it for £5. Glad I got it at such a better price but wonder if I’d love it more if I’d had it the extra few formative years.

I prefer 50 Song Memoir as far as their gimmick albums go but agree this is the right one to poll if only doing one per artist.