Stephen Merritt is not a man for the 5-minute guitar solo. Some of his songs are less than a minute long, and many albums have 40 tracks or more.
He’s taken this to a natural conclusion on his new album ‘Quickies.’ The theme of his songs is love but love Brooklyn style. Full of wit and, of course, brevity. Merritt is perhaps one of the few songwriters who understands the subject of love, examining it and interrogating it from multiple angles. In one song, he describes a useless relationship as like ‘Kraftwerk in a blackout,’ in another compares a woman’s happiness at having a date with a man she doesn’t have to chase – Jesus.
The quirky twists and turns of his lyrics have a real heart and a wistful sadness, just like the very best love affairs.

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