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Coastal

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September's Not So Far Away
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So Said Kay
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The Last Letter
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Sensitive
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This Love Is Not Wrong
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If You Need Someone
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Anyone Else Isn't You
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Couldn't Feel Safer
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Let's Kiss And Make Up
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Below The Stars
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Quicksilver
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When Morning Comes To Town
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It Isn't Forever
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Between Hello And Goodbye
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 62:39

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10.13.11
The Field Mice, Coastal
1991 | Label: Sarah Records / Virtual

There was a lot more to the Field Mice than they let on at first. Their name, and Robert Wratten’s breathy murmur, were as twee as humanly possible, and this 1991 compilation of singles and EP tracks leads with “September’s Not So Far Away,” whose arrangement suggests weeks on end spent listening to the Byrds. As the album winds inward, though, it gets a lot richer and more varied — the pitter-patting groove of “Let’s… read more »

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You young 'uns don't know how lucky you are!

Bracky

A truly wonderful album. I was lucky enought to stumble across this CD in a second hand shop shortly after discovering the whole Twee (no final N!) pop scene. Now the heart-breaking loveliness is just a mouse click away. Recommended for sensitive wallflowers everywhere.

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Possible the most competely records on emusic...

ralle

This C86 (tween pop) album is an compilation with no disappointing tracks. Mixed within downtempo (2. So Said Kay) and uptempo (4. Sensitive) pop pearls not designed for 30 seconds previews - so download all. "The Radio Dept." is similar at presence. Underrated, if not rated within 20 stars!

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some keepers

bodie

I'm a fan of Robert Wratten, I consider him one of the best songwriters around. This is his first band. It's aged a bit but some songs shouldn't be disregarded nevertheless. For sure "let's kiss and make up". I have had No 1, 4 and 6 for awhile now and like them. I just downloaded 5 and 10, both allright 10 is quite nice and inventive.

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Given that the Field Mice never seemed to stop writing and recording songs, combined with the fact that Sarah was admittedly a small label (however embraced by a passionate fan base), it’s little surprise that demand swiftly built for some sort of compilation of all the band’s many singles and EPs. The result was 1991′s Coastal which, though long since superseded by the Where’d You Learn to Kiss That Way? collection, is still an unrestrained joy. These tunes were meant to be heard either individually or in the context of only a couple of other tracks, and when put all together make for a varied, endlessly listenable experience. Starting with the easy chime and sparkle of “September’s Not So Far Away,” one of their best individual moments, Coastal touches on everything from low-key jangle pop (presumed to be the band’s stock-in-trade) to various excursions — sometimes with varying degrees of seriousness — into other musical styles. There’s late-night cocktail jazz on “The Last Letter,” the dance grooves of “It Isn’t Forever,” and much more. Wratten’s vocals give the band most of its reputation for sheer preciousness; never giving in to any temptation to beg, shout, or scream, his singing is calm and reflective but never distanced. Emotionally speaking, there’s often a near-apocalypse unfolding in the lyrics, but his delivery avoids diffidence for straightforward, tender regret and wishing for something else. That the band saw its own musical roots in groups like New Order and the Durutti Column more than any putative “cutie/shambling” scene is clear enough. Check out the attractive, quick-paced punch of “Sensitive,” which could easily slot in as a Power, Corruption & Lies or Low Life album track or B-side without a problem. Hiscock’s bass happily avoids cloning Peter Hook’s and, as the other band members appear, they make their own pleasant additions as things progress. – Ned Raggett

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