Eternal Youth (Instinct)

Future Bible Heroes 

Eternal Youth (Instinct)

Claudia Gonson, the drummer and occasional singer for Magnetic Fields as well as the frontwoman for the Future Bible Heroes, possesses an enchanting voice that's simultaneously adorable and unnerving. Stephin Merritt, the extraordinary songwriter who also lends the Fields his charming deadpan, contributes droll lyrics that complement Gonson's transfixing chants and Chris Ewen's strange blend of somber tones and chorus-line-caliber keyboard flourishes. The talented trio meshes best on "I'm a Vampire," a "Monster Mash" for the synth-pop set that contains tongue-in-cheek lyrics such as I'd rather drink blood than beer. Eternal Youth maintains an abstract story line, and it's easy to imagine the album cover's creepy-cute kewpie dolls playing every part in this production.

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