- Audio CD (2 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Atlantic
- ASIN: B000NVT138
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Everything Last Winter CD
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Fields (indie Group) - Everything Last Winter - Cd
With a line-up that includes a primary school teacher who wrote the band's songs in his garden shed, Kylie and Franz Ferdinand's former hairdresser and the daughter of the composer responsible for Iceland's national anthem, hotly-tipped London-based indie-rockers Fields should certainly have no shortage of anecdotes with which to charm the legion of fans their debut album Everything Last Winter is expected to recruit.
Only formed last year, the quintet have already been the subject of a fierce record company bidding war and released several critically acclaimed EPs and singles. The question is, do they cut the mustard over the more challenging territory of an entire long-player?
Mostly, the answer is yes. It's not difficult to understand why Fields have been identified as one of 2007's most likely breakthrough acts - they employ an epic, soaring guitar sound with memorable choruses, well-executed harmonies and intelligent variations in pace, structure and instrumentation.
My Bloody Valentine are often cited as a key influence, but Everything Last Winter generally lacks the sometimes inaccessible sonic adventure of Kevin Shields's shoegazing innovators. Rather, the bleak yet defiantly uplifting dynamics of songs like 'If You Fail We All Fail' and new single 'Chasing The Flames' bring to mind Manchester's Doves - they're undeniably loud, but a winning hook is never far away.
The first and last tracks of Everything Last Winter bookend proceedings with confidence and contrast. Opener 'Song For The Fields' is a constantly shifting, multi-faceted slab of pomp-rock worthy of vintage Muse, while the concluding 'Parasite' pleasingly recalls the Delgados' modern classic, The Great Eastern. Throughout, the production of Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers veteran Michael Beinhorn is crisp and bold without being overpowering, allowing the disparate elements of leader Nick Peill's songs crucial room to breathe.
Today's fickle music scene is often too hasty to eulogise a decent debut by an indie act as the second coming of The Stone Roses, and Everything This Winter certainly doesn't scale such giddy heights. Nevertheless, there is enough promise here to suggest that Fields could go on to produce something genuinely special in the years to come. --Chris White
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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.Read more ›
Well as much as you try you won't come down on the negative side of the equation at all. No, its not a consistently brilliant album but it is a good one.
From the moment that opening song Song For The Fields switches gears from its slow and gentle beginning and goes all out rock you are drawn in and whilst this "slow build and then BAM!" trick does perhaps get a little bit familiar over the course of the album it never really ceases to amaze.
They do save the best for (almost the) last. If You Fail We All Fail is quite simply sublime and the only downside to it is perhaps that it's so good that it can't help overshadow the album as a whole.
Still this is a great debut which bodes well for the future. And a salient nod to the fact that hype doesn't always have to leave you disappointed.
I have been waiting for this record for a while now and at first I was slightly disappointed based on my initial listen. However, with me this is usually a good thing as I know I will have to 'breakdown ' the complexity of some of the tracks and work a little harder. In other words this is not throwaway and easily categorised pop music. This is a great cross between lots of musical styles and you never really know whats coming next. Very hard to get past the barnstorming opener ' song for the fields' but although some songs are forgettable and I don't ;like the ' Evanascence' type sound to 'feathers' although it improves later in the track, there is much to enjoy about this album. Although having said all of this you must play it on a great sound system otherwise the production can seem quite fuzzy. I always know when I am on a winner with my album choices when my missus walks in and states loudly' whats that racket, thats just noise'!
Fields, that's what!
If you like your instrumentation dense, your lyrics spiritual and meaningful, and the good old split-octave vocal stylings, then this is the album for you!
Strong melodies & thoughtfully tasteful harmonies abound, in spades (pun intended!).
This album comes with an intrinsic self-mythology - managing to sound fresh, and yet also culled from other bits of other songs, or indeed other bands' sounds, without sounding too plagiarised.
No mean feat.
The closest thing to it would be Gay Dad, perhaps, once you plane off all the sparkly synths and replace them with muddy, more organic ones.
There is plenty of skill on show here, and a fine sense of dynamics and the dramatic.
A pretty damn fine debut.
a great band that i wish would reform.