10 Mar 2006
Stephin Merritt's 'Showtunes' reviewed in The Guardian 
Stephin Merritt (also known as The Magnetic Fields, furthermore known as The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes & The Gothic Archies) has his new album 'Showtunes' released in the UK on Monday.

It is only the third to be released in his own name following the soundtracks to the movies 'Pieces of April' and 'Eban and Charley',

David Peschek in The Guardian has given it a 2* review.

From The House of Tomorrow:

"The record contains a selection of compositions created for Chen Shi-Zheng's Orphan of Zhao (2003), Peach Blossom Fan (2004), and My Life as a Fairy Tale (2005). The complete recorded score for each play, including selections not on the CD, will be available online through iTunes and most major pay-per-download services."

'Showtunes'
Release date: 13 March 2006
Label: Nonesuch Records
Catalogue number: 7559798992

Tracklisting:

1. Orphan Of Zhao
2. At Madam Plum's
3. Top And The Ball
4. What A Fucking Lovely Day
5. Auntie Toothache
6. It's Hard To Be The Emperor
7. Sounds Expensive
8. Red Shoes
9. Fan Dance Cha Cha
10. Little Maiden Of The Sea
11. Ukulele Me
12. Train Song
13. Little Hebrew Girl
14. Shall We Sing A Duet
15. Song Of The Humble Serf
16. Collar And The Garter
17. Shall We Sing A Duet
18. Sorry Wrong Show
19. Storks
20. In The Spring When I Was Young
21. Ugly Little Duck
22. And He Would Say...
23. World Is Not Made Of Flowers
24. Behold The Lowly Centipede
25. In China Said The Moon...
26. Hail Son Of Heaven

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