- Audio CD (20 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: City Slang
- ASIN: B003VXNZI2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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DISC 11. IN EVERY DIRECTION2. ALWAYS3. ROPE and#38; SUMMIT4. WITHOUT YOU5. ITand#039;S ALRIGHT6. HOWL7. SWEET and#38; BITTER8. DONand#039;T LET IT PASS9. OFF POINT10. FADED THE GRAIN11. TIDE
Junip are perhaps most widely known for having amongst their number Swedish singer-songwriter José González, but their short history (this is their third physical release in five years) is rather rich in its own right. Quietly intense, occasionally foreboding songs (including an utterly stellar cover of Springsteen’s The Ghost of Tom Joad as the B side to an old single – Spotify it if you’ve a spare moment and a hanky) that González is known for are beautifully fleshed out by his bandmates Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn. On Fields the combination produce their strongest work yet.
They accomplish this by adhering to a formula for much of the record, but it is a strong one. That intense foreboding habitually begins as a González strum and builds so gradually to a climax of revolving musical ideas that by the time they get there the listener could potentially be a wreck. Premier amongst these is the genuine smoulder of Without You. The soft ostinati rise not powerfully, but viscously to demonstrate the song’s potency, a triumph of subtle dynamics. The ensuing summit, at around the four-minute mark, is felt in the guts and takes another minute to cool down from – this is expert construction.
When, on occasion, Junip deviate from this winning scheme of indie-folk success, the results are pleasantly off-kilter. Howl doesn’t quite emulate its title, but it is a novel re-imagining of the muted guitar shuffles of Carl Perkins or Chuck Berry, imbued with solemnity thanks to González’s delivery. Straying aside, Junip’s modus operandi remains those building ballads, with few finer than Don’t Let It Pass. There is a sweet resignation to it that recalls the dark Australian duo Sodastream and, though it is essentially light of tone, there is an unerring, sucking gravity to the circular guitar and vocal motifs.
A record that doesn’t deviate from what the listener might have already expected from an artist might not sound like an engaging one, but Fields most certainly is. When Junip are coasting along, their subdued virtues are impossible to ignore, but when they dare to lightly experiment the music is even more satisfying. In truth, more of these experiments with bygone forms would be welcome, but even dipping a toe in the water is enough to make a super recording.--Daniel Ross
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Top Customer Reviews
This album offers us a selection of tracks is Jose's inimitable style but with the more fleshed out sound a band can bring. There is still the echoy effect added to Jose's vocals and his addictive guitar work, but it all sounds fuller and richer. `Always' is a very good track and reminds me of `Cycling Trivialities' in places.
This is a very laid back album and it would be quite easy to dismiss it on first listen. But after repeated playing and becoming acclimatised to the songs on offer, you start to see there is more to this than meets the eye. Jose's influence on the sound can be seen from the outset and shines through very strongly on songs like `Rope and Summit', which I love, but as long as you are aware then this doesn't detract from the music one bit. The other band members may dislike being known as Jose's backing band (as I`ve read in other reviews), but when the sound between this band and Jose's solo work is so similar it is inevitable these comparisons will be made and their individual contribution will be discounted to add insult to injury. Saying that, Junip gets a lot of exposure off the back of Jose's earlier success (this is how I heard of this album for example) and they shouldn't knock it. All in all this is a very accomplished album and if you enjoy this, it is a fair bet you'll enjoy Jose's solo work and vice versa. I haven't stopped playing it since I bought it and happily recommend it.
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Junip are a real find - loving there music. Fields is a great album can't get enough of their sound.Published 21 months ago by ncinci