I want to start this review right: I love this album! That really says it all but there are so many reasons I like this album that I wanted to get the sum of them out of the way. While I liked Animals In The Dark I didn’t ever feel it had the power of the previous albums by the venerable Mr. Whitmore. This album gets back to the stripped down soul and it’s still as good as it always was. While his lyrics have always been amazing Field Songs sees them aged and mature like a good whiskey. There’s an undercurrent, a look to the outdoors if you will, that brings it all together in a way that makes this more than just a collection of songs. Woven through the album are the songs of birds, references to the trees and fields, all of this makes for an intimate setting for us to be carried through the stories by WEW’s amazing voice. What stands out about this one is the completeness.
Now don’t get me wrong not every scene is one of beauty and bluebirds singing on your shoulder (extra points for anyone who gets that reference) as the darkness is present. There is desperation as much as hope in the lyrics. The banjo manages to bring with it a weariness that pierces your soul. Needless to say this album isn’t a rocker. What it is a whiskey-sippin’-sittin’-on-the-porch kind of album. One that you can listen to while you watch the sun slip below them hills and try drink the weight of the world off of your shoulders despite knowing that the weight ain’t goin’ nowhere. As such, it’s also Essential Listening. I can’t find a bad track on this album. There’s not one I don’t like. That is a lot more rare than I usually admit but this album pulls it off. Go get you a copy now and don’t forget the whiskey to go along with it or you will regret it.