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Fields - Everything Last Winter (2007) Retail CD
There was always a danger for me after I set myself the task of reviewing this album. The danger that maybe I would end up being bias and sounding bias, giving Fields a monumental score where really, the album might not have been that good. I've been following these talented bunch of individuals from a couple of years back, gradually watching them being signed and seeing the profiles views on their myspace go sky high. So I'm setting myself a challenge to try and not look for too many positives in this album, and to try and look deeper and try and balance out my opinion. But this challenge hasmore… become even harder by the fact that there isn't much to criticise with this record.
Nick Peill's original strumming of the acoustic guitar, Thorunn Antonia's overwhelming sounds from her keyboard, Henry Spencer's enraging style of drum playing, Matty Derham's dominance of the bass guitar and Jamie Putham's ability to completely change a song with one outstanding guitar riff, this five-piece have everything going for them, the talent that comes through their music is undeniably, unusually good. The premiere of this tear-jerking drama, "Song For The Fields" comes from nowhere, the second the drums enter, music can stop. There needn't be any more music made from that moment, because some would see it as impossible to better this song. Misconception from the press, saying that this band are the most likely to "do a Snow Patrol" may be getting a bit scary for the band, but those opinions will be thrown a thousand miles away the second the press hears this epic opener.
New single "Charming The Flames" suitably follows, it's chilled out compared to the previous 6 minutes, with a lack of passion vocally being the only negative involved, the background music is again incomparable, bringing moments where you can just stand still and watch the world go by. The amount of passion overall put into this album, is something not many other bands will attempt to give. The biggest example of this is the penultimate track and previous release, "If You Fail We All Fail", which contains the most euphoric closing moments you will ever let your ears witness. Feedback which somehow satisfies your taste, gradually increasing your heartbeat as you go on, until you become speechless, or you find yourself dancing wildly in the company of your own room. Putham's guitar becomes almost deafening, let still not a challenge to listen to and you begin to wonder whether Fields could be one of those bands that will have a 20 year career, constantly earning more respect as they go on. Because this band are one in a million in my somewhat bias opinion.
And despite the few moments where you manage to lose attention, ("Skulls And Flesh And More" , "You Don't Need This Song" and the opening moments of "Feathers") there are songs which make up for it all and make this record incomparable to most others. "The Death" sounds like Mogwai with vocals, something that many fans of the Scottish band crave for every now and then. "You Brought This On Yourself" also shows the band's diversity, sounding like a Britpop anthem in some places, reminding you of the days where Blur would dominate your playlist of music.
After the whole experience of following the band and finally getting my hands of this album, I've realized one thing about this LP. You don't need to be bias to fall in love with it.
|1||Song For The Fields|
|2||Charming The Flames|
|3||You Don't Need This Song (to fix your broken heart)|
|7||You Brought This On Yourself|
|8||Skulls and Flesh and More|
|9||If You Fail We All Fail|
- Fields - Everything Last Winter (2007) Retail CD
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