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Field Studies Import

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 10 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Up.
  • ASIN: B00000K1MY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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1. All The Same
2. The Golden Egg
3. The Skeleton
4. The Star You Left Behind
5. Empty Words
6. Birds
7. A Fable With No Moral
8. Under A Cloud
9. Me & My Head
10. Two By Two
11. It Don't Mean Nothing
12. Bon Voyage
13. Smile
14. Let's Just Go

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Product Description

Japanese version featuring a bonus track

The audacious concept of Quasi--a divorced couple playing mournful yet sometimes hilariously embittered songs on only keyboard or guitar and drums--is nicely at odds with the power and catchiness they generate. On their fourth album, former Heatmiser bassist Sam Coomes and indefatigable Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss fill their sound out with a varied palette of keyboard textures and, on two cuts, even a string section. Coomes twists Surf's Up-era Beach Boys style on the deceptively sunny "Under a Cloud," asks "How many hours can a minute hold?" on the sweeping "Me and My Head," and even gets momentarily positive on "Smile." Weiss, for her part, contributes "Two by Two," a brief, beautiful romance postmortem. Stripped down as it may be, Quasi's music is as elegant as Rufus Wainwright's baroque pop, and as magically pained. --Rickey Wright

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, spacey music Nov. 10 1999
By Joseph Kugelmass - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album because one of the band members is in Sleater-Kinney and the other played with Elliott Smith. Don't expect that level of genius here. This record sounds like a bored guy on a rainy day, playing with his storebought synthesizer. And the lyrics quickly become too cutesy and repetitive to bear: just one fable after another about bad things happening to good teddy bears. Stick to Elliott Smith and you'll be happier.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy April 21 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Quasi has yet to replicate their incredible live sound on record. Only 'R&B Transmogrification' comes close, although it is far too dry sounding. On this album Sam Coomes, once again, churns out some great melodies and great rhymes. However, much of the kick of the two previous albums are missing--which means that the sounds here are far removed from the burst of noise that one hears at a live Quasi show. For the great songs this album is lacking 1) the noise (the absence of the roxichord is evident on this album) and 2) Janet's versatile and kinetic drumming (ex. 'our happiness' on 'Featuring 'birds'').
The most effective songs here feature Elliott Smith on bass. His playing is, as always, very tuneful. And in the tradition of Led Zeppelin, Quasi has released 'Birds,' the supposedly featured track of the previous album, an album later (see 'Houses of the Holy). One false note is the obnoxiously long 'A Fable with No Moral.' As the title states: this song goes nowhere. This song should have been subtitled 'Empty Words.'
But despite my reservations, Quasi is infectious. The album ends with a gorgeous ballad ('Let's Just Go') that ends abruptly and we are left with the buzzing sound of the amps before the plug is pulled.
Go check 'em out live...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quasi picks up where they left off. Oct. 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ehh March 11 2003
By Blackberries - Published on
Format: Audio CD
(3 and 1/2 stars)
After listening to the brilliant R&B Transmogrification and Featuring "Birds", I am compelled to ruefully write that Sam and Janet have let me down. Sure, I still gave it 3 and 1/2 stars, but that's just because it's Quasi. It still has all the elements that make R&B and "Birds" so great, but it just seems to be lacking the alacrity with which Sam would morosely belt out his cynical lyrics in previous efforts. (Yes, that's sort of a paradoxical statement) More incisively, Field Studies is everything that I love about R&B and "Birds", but just not as good. If you compare each track from the three albums in order, you'd undoubtedly discover that you'd prefer the tracks that weren't on Field Studies 3 out of 4 times. I hate to knock such a great band like this, but this album is definately not up to par with their earlier recordings. If you don't have them yet, get R&B Transmogrification and Featuring "Birds".
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be something good in the water in Portland Nov. 16 1999
By D. Michael - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well, I may be just another happy prole but the last two CDs from Quasi lead me to believe that there is still hope for pop music. Just how does Sam Coomes manage to wangle such a sound out of his beat up Roxichord? And finally in Janet a drummer who knows how to drive a pop song along to a delirious peak. The hook-laden choruses and careful attention to song structure reminds me of the 60s Kinks, Big Star and The Move. But the sound will remind you of no other band. The wall of sound fuzzed-out keyboards create a sonic world that belongs only to Quasi. And for my money, Sam's slash and slide guitar work - used judiciously on just a few tunes - is the best thing to happen to rock since the B-52's realized that you don't need all six strings to make some music. Forget what some jaded reviewers have to say here about the lyrics, because they are clever but real attempts at dealing with the aftermath of a broken relationship. By all means, buy Featuring Birds and Field Studies, and don't miss their awesome live show. It is practically a religious experience.

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