From Here We Go Sublime
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/02/2009 10:45:07
To have 'Sublime' slotted into your album's title is a bold, if not arrogant move, and immediately set me to thinking 'prove it'. But it does, and with flying colours. This is a fantastic album from start to end. If you wonder what it sounds like, imagine dance music, but very quiet, soft, and discreet. A sample of - say - a syllable of female vocal played in rhythmic repeat unceasingly until mesmerizing. Sharp ticks and sips of snare and rim, a warm heat beat of base. The Field have managed to craft a style that sits comfortably between dance and ambience. It's catchy but calm, and easy to listen to for the whole hour.
Its excessive use of repetitions can at first seem boring. If you hit play expecting a foot-tapper then you might be left after each lengthy song wondering what's really happened in the last 6 minutes. In almost every song, the changes are slight and hard to notice. Little whirrs of electronics, phasers than open and close, beeps and ticks that subtly add to its beat. And it all goes on beneath the endless broken-record that makes most songs.
But if you let it be, this style is marvellous. The stand out tracks for me were 'A Paw In My Face,' which has a snippet of guitars plucking gracefully on repeat, until the fadeout, where it suddenly breaks free and allows itself to continue. 'Good Things End,' had a subtle tribal element of what sounds like male voices humming in windy, echoing open space, above snaps of percussion and a deep beat. 'Everyday,' is like the female answer, that after ticking over for two minutes suddenly breaks apart and then blasts into a gorgeous stammer of icy vocals, sounding almost as close to a dance track as 'The Little Heart Beats So Fast'.
My only gripe with this album is its centrepiece, 'The Deal.' I think they chose the wrong one to make longer. It doesn't sound quite as nice as some of the others. Songs like 'Good Things End,' I always want to go on, yet with 'The Deal' I wonder when it will end. Not to mention the worst part. Be warned now, at 6:24 into it is the loudest, most painful sound, that I'm amazed was allowed on. After all that time of it being a mellow, relatively calm instrumental, comes a whistling sound that's so loud and startling it caused me to tear my headphones out, and then actually remain worried throughout the rest of the song that it would happen again! But once used to it, it's not too bad, perhaps.
That lengthy stumble aside, From Here We Go Sublime delivers on its heavy title. It sounds just that. Its reminiscent of winter and spring time, sounding cold and sharp, yet always soothing. It grabs your attention with the more accessible opening half, and holds your hand into the far more experimental ending (especially the final two tracks). A 'field' is somewhat created in every track. They feel open and spacious. Each track is so full, yet enough space is left for each little component to work in, and be distinguished.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: CWesto on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.