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FIELD SONGS

Mark Lanegan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00005I3OY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Way Street
2. No Easy Action
3. Miracle
4. Pill Hill Serenade
5. Don't Forget About Me
6. Kimiko's Dream House
7. Resurrection Song
8. Field Song
9. Low
10. Blues For D
11. She Done Too Much
12. Fix

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Field Songs truly signals Mark Lanegan's return to form. The work of the ex-Screaming Trees vocalist stagnated somewhat following his first solo release; 1994's wistfully sad and musically assured Whiskey For The Holy Ghost. Scraps At Midnight and the cover song collection I'll Take Care Of You were both excellent efforts but lacked the punch of Whiskey, just when it sounded like a new voice was emerging from the ashes of an overlooked band's lamentable demise. Field Songs, however, Lanegan's fifth solo record, shows flashes of another growth spurt. Lanegan has never written anything as gentle and compositionally mature as "Kimiko's Dream House", for instance, nor have any of his records ever had this level of consistency, from bourbon-soaked blues to haunted, late night roots rock. Furthermore, his band, featuring ex-Dinosaur Jr member Mike Johnson on guitar and Ben Shepherd from the late, great Soundgarden on bass, has solidified, effortlessly veering between eerie soundscapes and sombre evocations that form perfect backdrops for Lanegan's familiar smoky growl. Next time you feel like having a late-night chat with a friend named Jack Daniels, let this play in the background as a conversation starter, then draw your own conclusions about how affecting and perceptive Lanegan's work has become. --Matthew Cooke

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense & Brooding Singer/Songwriter 10 Sep 2007
By Tom Chase VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Those familiar with Mark Lanegan's previous outings into brooding folk/blues music will have no surprises with "Field Songs". Combine his sublime whiskey-drenched delivery (which immediately recalls the gravely tones of Tom Waits), a refined understanding of traditional folk and blues and then throw in the rock sensibility of 90s band Screaming Trees and "Field Songs" is the result. Perhaps Lanegan's best album to date with improved and more diverse writing, it still tragically remains an overlooked gem in the realms of singer/songwriter music.

"Field Songs" boasts some of Lanegan's best song writing. "No Easy Action" is a sumptuous flourishing rock song - fashioning very unique vocal harmonies thanks to middle-Eastern styled female vocals sustaining held notes over the top of Lanegan's delivery. This flows effortlessly into an archetypal Lanegan slow-burner in "Miracle", a shift in mood and atmosphere that is both bold and highly successful. "Don't Forget Me" and "Fix" are two of Lanegan's best blues romps, combining strong writing and menacing, gritty vocal performances. "Kimiko's Dream House" is a surprising soft and subtle highlight, and shows Lanegan's diversity as a writer. My personal favourite of the album, and quite possibly my favourite Lanegan song to date, is the stunning "Resurrection Song". The song instantly draws parallels to "Riding The Nightingale" from the album "Whiskey For The Holy Ghost" due to its stripped down atmosphere, focusing solely on guitar and voice, and forging a wonderfully engaging and raw piece.

"Field Songs" showcases a more diverse album than past releases thanks to tracks such as "No Easy Action" and "Kimiko's Dream House". It also refines the trademark Lanegan song, and combines to make a truly wonderful singer/songwriter album I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLD GOLDEN TONSILS STRIKES AGAIN! 21 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
FS is Lanegans 5th solo release after splitting with the now defunctSeattle band The Screaming Trees in the late 90s, & marks anunquestioanable maturity/ coming of age. The slightly folk & countrytones heard on Whiskey.. are all here except in much better form. Thisman delivers soul & blues for real, theres no 'performance' here- nopretending in any way. His songs & voice feel lived in, & the sincerity &honesty with which he lays himself bare, makes him a singer/swriter in thetruest sense; think BW Johnson (or any old delta blues singers), Tom Waits(literally- with his deep gravely baritone), & the likes of Van M & NickDrake for their passion & tenderness. I have 3 of his albums; 89's WindingSheet & 93's Whiskey for The Holy Ghost, & its strange that my favouritesare both WS & FS, as they are the most contrasting of the three, with WS'syounger mans voice & characteristically 'grunge' sound, playing with Kurt& Chris from Nirvana, in what I feel is an albeit lesser known but seminalpiece of work. Whiskey.. was a great step forward in evoloving - youimmediately sensed his heart was in the blues, folk & country music, butthe album (although it seems his most popular & did have a few 5*tracks), to me- lacked the consistency that Fsongs deliverd. FS is theperfect fullfilment of all that was beautifull about Whiskey with itshaunting atmospherics.
It opens with the spookily mysterious but utterly mezmerising One WayStreet; "..The stars & the moon arn't where theyre supposed to be.. forthe strange electric light it falls so close to me.. love I come to ridehigh on that seasick rolling wave, & you know that i am just trying to getout, oh the glorious sound.. oh the one way st. but you cant get, cant getit down without crying".
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By Harry
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Just like Brick Loves Lamp, I am like a jolly sow having a roll in the mud when that voice courses and resonates right thru me. Haunting, inspiring and definately unique, an acquired taste maybe, but dig thru the thick barky crust and my ohhhh my, that pie filling of gigantic earthy ent-like singing is mesmerising. This album as a whole work is my favourite alongside 'Bubblegum'. The 'Blues Funeral' album would be my favourite if the drum machine was taken out and replaced by normal drums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars battered grace and tenderness 10 Aug 2009
By Caitlin
Format:Audio CD
Whilst I adore Lanegan's work with Isobel Campbell I'm very belatedly catching up on his back catalogue. This really is stunning. There's not a bad track but Kimiko's Dream House , Resurrection Song and Low are the stand out songs.
The Guardian once described Lanegan's voice as having " battered grace and tenderness " and I'm not sure I can better that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lanegan exposes his soul in style 15 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is fantastic. In the last week I have bought a few cds. Namely Delasoul 'Mosaic Thump', Roxy Music Best of and this album. All three have been on heavy rotation but Lanegans album has really affected me. I mean I have already got a few Lanegan solo albums but this one really feels like a coming of age. It sounds like Lanegan has been looking to soul artists like Al Green and Otis Redding to write this album and I personally am loving it. The songs have a real flow and beauty to them. Some of the past albums have sometimes suffered from the songs sounding unstructured, but this time the songs have logical beginnning / endings and work perfectly. I have loved the screaming trees for a while now and haven't ever loved his solo albums as much but now I feel that he has released an album that can sit alongside Dust and Uncle Anasthesia with its head held high. Bring on more please. p.s. Jellyfish were brilliant and everybody should but Jason Falkner albums.
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