The Magnetic Fields - Quickies
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #283 / 387
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2020 Ratings: #665
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May 15, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Slant Magazine

Merritt’s ability to blend comedy and heartache through finely observed character studies is one of his greatest strengths, and that skill in fine form throughout Quickies.


Lyrically unabashed, Quickies is a feathering-through of a poetry book from a minstrel's bum pocket.

Beats Per Minute

This is a record unanchored by the lofty expectations of previous releases. It’s a series of notes and remembrances, fond and mournful and often whimsical in nature, which provides ample evidence that the band still hasn’t fully excavated all the mysterious beauty that pop music has to offer.


The sharp wit of veteran songwriter Stephin Merritt thrives in brevity across a collection of short songs that range from 12 seconds to an epic two-and-a-half minutes.

Spectrum Culture

The very nature of the Magnetic Fields’ latest, rooted as it is in economy and concision, heightens the staying power of Merritt’s approach.


Stephen Merritt and his many collaborators have made a wildly varied and highly entertaining album that reads like a book of poetry and plays like a soundtrack to a particularly fun (barely remembered) summer.

Under The Radar

Quickies is an issue of MAD Magazine in musical form. It’s a ton of fun, and absolutely a welcome relief to the situation we’re going right now.

No Ripcord

The album does lean on the frivolous side, both in terms of song themes and presentation, but if Merritt has taught us anything is to never take at face value.

Quick songs about quickies. Only half the songs feature Stephin Merritt singing, the other half feature Claudia Gonson (I think). 28 songs, 17 of them are less than 2 minutes. The longest song is 2:35. It's silly, it's smart, it's succinct.
Indie pop band, Magnetic Fields' 12th album, Quickies, is pretty much just what it sounds like. This is 28 tracks long, and at only a total of 46 minutes, most of these tunes are obviously very quick. If you know Magnetic Fields, then you don't need me to tell you that these guys are no strangers to a long series of short songs. The group's most popular, and highly acclaimed release, 69 Love Songs, is exactly as the title suggests. Everything about Quickies however, just screams another ... read more
Probably their best album since 69 Love Songs (with the exception of 50 Song Memoir, which is a tour de force, if ever there was one). Really baffles me that the AOTY community doesn't like this.
Despite being short by their standards, it still feels too long. Not nearly enough variety in the musical ideas. It's easier to get through than 50 Song Memoir was thanks to shared vocal duties, but is much less ambitious and substantive. A lot of the songs are quirky, cute, and good for a chuckle, but I feel this project will have zero staying power.
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Track List

  1. Castles of America
  2. The Biggest Tits in History
  3. The Day the Politicians Died
  4. Castle Down a Dirt Road
  5. Bathroom Quickie
  6. My Stupid Boyfriend
  7. Love Gone Wrong
  8. Favorite Bar
  9. Kill a Man a Week
  10. Kraftwerk in a Blackout
  11. When She Plays the Toy Piano
  12. Death Pact (Let's Make A)
  13. I've Got a Date With Jesus
  14. Come, Life, Shaker Life!
  15. (I Want to Join a) Biker Gang
  16. Rock 'n' Roll Guy
  17. You've Got a Friend in Beelzebub
  18. Let's Get Drunk Again (And Get Divorced)
  19. The Best Cup of Coffee in Tennessee
  20. When the Brat Upstairs Got a Drum Kit
  21. The Price You Pay
  22. The Boy in the Corner
  23. Song of the Ant
  24. I Wish I Had Fangs and a Tail
  25. Evil Rhythm
  26. She Says Hello
  27. The Little Robot Girl
  28. I Wish I Were a Prostitute Again
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Added on: February 25, 2020