Stephin Merritt is the much-lauded leader of the Magnetic Fields, with whom he has been firing off erudite bubblegum, lonesome synthesizer C&W, and whatever has struck his fancy since the early '90s. He's also commandeered several side projects, including the 6ths, whose records are mostly sung by guest vocalists. His songs are short and so are his sentences. There were a number of pregnant pauses in our recent phone conversation, which gave us... More >>>