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Artist: The Magnetic Fields
Album: 69 Love Songs
Song Notes: The Opposite Of Smoke Is Egg Whites: This comes from the second disc of the three-disc set 69 Love Songs, which is, well, basically what it sounds like. Stephin Merritt had the idea of writing an cabaret type show with the title (although he originally thought of doing 100, but then pruned it down to be a little bit more reasonably-lengthed); the show itself never materialized, but the album did. To be expected, it's rather uneven, but 69 is a lot of songs to write, and the bulk of them are actually pretty good. They actually sell all the discs individually, but the box set is reasonably cheap and comes with a booklet containing an interview between Stephin Merritt and accordionist/author Daniel Handler about all the songs, which is interesting mainly because they mention David Lynch's On The Air, a TV show I thought that only I watched and enjoyed. - Rev. Syung Myung Me