Sense Field used to be a rather striking band in the world of mid-1990’s post-punk emo bands. They had a certain quality to them that put them well ahead of the rest of the pack, in terms of sincerity, grit, passion and delivery. Strangely enough, I saw Sense Field live, in 1999, and Elliot opened for them. I say this is strange because both Elliot and Sense Field were bands that you could once be proud of supporting.
Sadly, time changes many things, and the Sense Field on Living Outside is still a great band, but it’s also one that has lost its “mojo,” if you will. 1996’s Building showcased a band that should not be messed with. There was something, almost indescribable, that made them an incredible outfit. There is very little of that left, and it’s only evident as a ghost, on a few tracks, here and there. “You Own Me” is an aggressive pop tune that takes on a mind of its own after its first chorus. The band really cuts loose on this track, and it’s really a great song. An immediate comparison for this track would be the Foo Fighters — that’s not intended as a slight to Sense Field, Foo Fighters occasionally make a great song. For the most part, though, it seems that Sense Field is no longer capable of making a great album, despite being able to make a few good songs. There are too many tracks that paint a picture of the band being neutered before recording in the studio. Where’s the aggression, guys?
I really wanted this album to be good, but it just isn’t. It lacks focus and continuity, and it left me with an empty feeling when it ended. I was expecting something much bigger from these guys, but instead, I had to face the facts and concede that the Sense Field of old is gone… at least for now.
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