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The Week That Was

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Learn To Learn
The Good Life
The Story Waits For No One
It's All Gone Quiet
The Airport Line
Yesterday's Papers
Come Home
Scratch The Surface
A Waltz In The Park (eMusic only)
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 34:59

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Prog rock for the 21st century


What a great album - picking up where Field Music's "Tones of Town" left off, this retains the Gentle Giant-style complex riffs and harmonies and tight song structures, but adds a new, slightly darker edge. There's some definite influences from Peter Gabriel's third album and Kate Bush's Hounds of Love, but the 21st century production brings it right up to date. Best album I've listened to in ages, and definitely my best eMusic download so far. Genius!

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long live field music


field music split last year but fear not as the brewis brothers have provided us with two stunning albums this year - david's School of Language album 'Sea From Shore' and now Peter's 'The Week That Was' - based on an imagine crime thriller and drawing on the influences of kate bush, japan, peter gabrield its a tour du force of song writing that marks peter out as one of the UKs finest composers

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The main figure behind the Week That Was is former Field Music member Peter Brewis. With help from a wide range of musicians including David Brewis and Andrew Moore (making the album a mini-Field Music reunion of sorts), the self-titled debut is a lush and lovely slice of modern pop. The group’s sound is no great departure from that of Field Music; it’s just as arty, angular, and unfailingly melodic throughout. The main difference is that it’s more arranged and complex thanks to the variety of players and instruments. Peter Brewis also seems to have more affinity for prog rock when he’s in charge — check the interlocking marimbas on “It’s All Gone Quiet” or the majestic horn/piano arrangements on “Yesterday’s Paper.” It’s less the prog rock of Yes than it is the new wave prog of XTC (though “Scratch the Surface” sounds uncannily like post-Gabriel Genesis). The art never gets too over-indulgent and it never gets in the way of the songs. Which would be hard to do anyway because the melodies are so strong and the hooks are so large. Songs like the bouncy “The Airport Line” and the thunderous and jumpy album opener “Learn to Learn” are as good as anything Field Music ever did. They are filled with brains and musical prowess but also lots of emotion and soul, possibly more than Field Music as a group felt comfortable showing in their songs. A prime example can be found in the naked sentiment and sweeping strings of “Come Home.” You can probably chalk that up to having one person running the show and can be glad that Brewis has a steady hand on the helm; never letting that pesky emotion thing get out of control. When Field Music packed it in, fans were left with the melancholy feeling that comes with losing a great band before they had a chance to fully blossom. Now with the Week That Was and David Brewis’ School of Language project, there are two excellent bands where there used to be just one. – Tim Sendra

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