In terms of lyrics, Merritt is in top form--all of his songs could fit perfectly in a Broadway musical about a guy who just can't seem to run out of ways to sing about relationships. "I Don't Believe You" (which was actually released as a single before 69 Love Songs) uses punctuation marks and typographic symbols lyrically: "So you quote love unquote me," sings Merritt at the beginning of the song, and later, "so you're brilliant gorgeous and, ampersand after ampersand."
Interestingly, i claims to have no synthesizers at all, anywhere, which is atypical of any of Merritt's projects (he's also the brains behind The Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies and The 6ths). Instead, Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson and John Woo help out by playing banjo, electric sitar, harpsichord, cello and piano. It all combines to make i just as innovative and ingenious as 69 Love Songs, proving that there is no end to Merritt's ability to write love songs that bite.