Picking up where they left off may sound like a turn off, but when you make music this good, why change a thing? Its one thing to write decent pop-rock n'roll songs, but to make them so the listener wants to listen to them all day and all night is a relm many music makers can't claim to be in. Janet and Sam are in this relm. I had to warm up to the first handful of songs on 'Field Studies,' simply because they kind of lacked the punch of the starters on "R&B" and "...Birds" but was taken in completely by the time the album ended. Sam's lyrics(i think he wrote all the songs this time)and melodies are on once again especially with 'Me & My Head,' 'Two by Two,'and 'Smile.' Its amazing what he(they're) is able to fit into a bar of music. Sam is able to pen words that teeter perfectly between somewhat silly and simplistically deep and thoughtful. Janet is tops not only with the drumming but the sound of her drums is remarkable. Her voice once again compliments Sam's perfectly, giving the final result one of those "great-parts-in-a-song" butterfly feelings you get inside of you. 'Field Studies' is a bit smoother song structure-wise than the other Quasi offerings and isn't as fuzzy and distroted. It isn't one of those, "you need to listen to the whole thing at once" albums but each song on 'Feild Studies' in some ways links itself or segues perfectly into another song; much like 'The Soft Bulletin' by The Flamming Lips earlier this year. Needless to say, its a very wonderful music listening experience.