As a longtime Magnetic Fields fan, I am, of course, anticipating the new album, Distortion, which comes out next week on Nonesuch. I’m, perhaps, even more intrigued than usual given the wildly differing takes on Stephin Merritt’s new production fetishes. I’ve heard “Three Way”, a surfed-up haze of feedback instrumental, save for some ecstatic shouts of the title. All the Jesus and Mary Chain references certainly have my curiosity piqued. I’m just confused by the polarizing reactions. Having been a critics darling for so long, I suppose it’s inevitable that some chinks in the armor would eventually surface, but I look forward to being able to decide for myself.