Everything Last Winter
Black Lab Recordings/Atlantic
Opening with an acoustically-led big rock track that is along the lines of Led Zeppelin when they’ve unplugged and stripped down, the suburban English band Fields very quickly and easily begin what is sure to become one of the best debut albums of 2007.
And the amazing thing is that it’s not a fluke! It’s not one great opening song followed by a bunch of mumbling crap, or worse, potential greatness that sulks into a bloody boring ball of mush. There is not a song on this album that I would skip! The voices are gorgeous and vast, with male/female vocals that often interconnect in a heartbreaking melody that sounds like a duet between Mazzy Star and The Postal Service.
Again and again I’m reminded of the toned down Zeppelin masterpieces: “Going To California,” “That’s The Way” and “When The Levee Breaks” to name a few. I’m not comparing this band to the Zep (that would just be blasphemous!), however, the influence is quietly present and it drew me in immediately.
The song in the dead center of the album, “The Death,” is the key track here.