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The Week That Was [CD]

Field Music, The Week That Was, That Was the Week That Was Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B001BDZH9O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Good Life 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. It's All Gone Quiet 3:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Airport Line 3:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Yesterday's Papers 7:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Come Home 5:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Scratch The Surface 4:290.69  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The first solo release from Peter Brewis of Field Music is an musical puzzle, a fractured Paul Auster-esque murder mystery that references 1980s 'progressive pop' and an intellectual experiment in living without media. Like many a concept-heavy creation, it promises more than it delivers, although Brewis's sense of ambition is at least refreshing.

The Week That Was clatters forth with all the excitement of Kate Bush's Sat in Your Lap, and follows up with lashings of Peter Gabriel 3-era synthesizers and marimbas and Adrian Belew-style rock guitar. Sadly, although Brewis sings, ''The detail is the difference'', the lyrical content doesn't quite measure up. In other words, your appetite for this will largely depend upon how nostalgic you feel about the synthesizer and drum-machine-led experimentation of that era. Certainly at times the arrangements seem overly frigid and melodramatic, like a synth-duo with their trousers pulled up too tight, and for all the intricacy and invention of the music, the vocals are bit of a let-down, although at times curiously reminiscent of Eno.

Peter Gabriel provides the most obvious touchstone for Brewis here. Like Gabriel (at least with Genesis) the pieces here are as much obsessively polished fragments as fully-rounded songs, while at times (as on Yesterday's Paper) literary pretensions mangle the melody without much poetic reward. Too brief and too prosaic, the overall story itself remains as opaque as it is intriguing, and there’s probably more fun to be had in spotting the musical references, although the Games Without Frontiers reference is surely preferable to the crashing Phil Collins tribute that opens the last track.

Despite such shortcomings, the album is never boring, and certainly poses the question as to how much deeper Brewis might have dug if he spent more than a week in perfect isolation. --Tim Nelson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music with heart and mind 9 Nov 2010
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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One half of the excellent brotherly duo that form the core of Field Music, Peter Brewis' solo debut is chock-full of ideas and talent. Like his bother David, Peter is not only a singer and songwriter, but also a talented multi-instrumentalist. As well as composing, arranging and singing David also plays guitar, bass, drums, keys and marimba! Brother David lends a hand in various ways, and numerous others contribute. But essentially this is Peter's baby, and she's a beauty.

With thoughtful lyrics delivered in a gently but proudly regional Sunderland accent, there's a bewilderingly broad range of influences audible here, but it all comes together with a homogeneity and identity that feels singular and distinct. The drums and percussion are a very strong element, with some great percussive moments throughout the album, including the strong rhythmic intros to the opening tracks, and the clever stereo hi-hats of 'The Airport Line'. There's also a distinctly 80s vibe, but we're talking more XTC and Phillip Glass than Wham or Duran Duran! Labelled at the art/rock end of indie, I love that this music is just defiantly beyond easy categorisation.

There are some musical ingredients that run throughout most of the music here: heavy emphasis of the downbeats (the music isn't exactly funky), and something slightly angular and muscular in the melodies and riffs, but not to the complete exclusion of a more plaintive feeling. These elements combine effectively in 'Come Home', which is both self-consciously musically clever, and engagingly and wistfully personal. Interesting music, tightly played, well produced, and with real identity. If only the media gave this kind of thing more exposure. But dig the lyrics of 'Scratch The Surface' (another number endowed with excellent percussion, and a strong album closer): "We don't want what's on offer, we really shouldn't bother, so give to me some purpose, you've only scratched the surface"!
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Revisiting the sounds and arrangements of 1980s prog pop (Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Blue Nile, Japan among others), this album takes the prog pop past as its starting point, but emerges as something that is far more than the sum of its influences. Musically and lyrically this is songwriting of the highest order. Not sure why this has not achieved a higher profile since release. Was recommended this in Rough Trade East about a year ago, and bought after listening in the shop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 13 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Got this after reading the review in Mojo - loved Field Music's last album but this is something else. Hints of Kate Bush in there but seriously unlike anything else around right now. Great songwriting, amazing arrangements, simply one of the best things i've heard all year
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3.0 out of 5 stars It felt like a week listening to it 20 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Traces of Penguin Cafe Orchestra, early Split Enz, Gomez, Laurie Anderson and Bill Nelson. Experimental, alternative, bizarre, dizrhythmic, the band don't fall into any convenient box.

'It's All Gone Quiet' is a haunting, epic track full of atmopshere but balanced against that 'Scratch The Surface' is like some dismal out-take from some mid-80s rock band about to sink without trace.

A lot of the album sounds like a demo yet to be fleshed out into something bigger and better. Or with tracks like 'Yesterday's Paper', the opening lines of some hopeful musical that is more of a theme and less of a song.

Too many half-finished ideas that seem hung up on the idea that less is more, when in fact less is probably quick and easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars full immersion 2 Jan 2009
By Deborah L. Erenberg - Published on
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In this day and age of mp3's, the focus of most new albums is on their individual tracks for separate consumption, rather than as a full set like in the days of records and the early cds. I am thrilled to say that this is not the case with The Week That Was. From start to finish, it is an experience that completely satisfies my senses. Each track by itself is brilliant, but the full package is nothing short of magnificent. In style the music seems more original than anything I've heard in a long time, but simultaneously reminds me of the feeling I got from Peter Gabriel or Kate Bush. There is a hard beat, a dark bent in the sound, that makes it that much more compelling. I would recommend this to almost anyone I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best music of 2008, so far 6 Oct 2008
By mike toppe - Published on
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Sounding familiar in their pop (XTC) and prog (mid-era Genesis?, Kate Bush?) influences--and yet completely their own. You will be hard pressed to find new music so fully formed while remaining as unique as this.
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