I get a sick confusion headache trying to figure out who's right. power pop * punk * emo * indie rock * shoegazer
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Field Trip - Beautiful (1989, Ruby/WB)
Beautiful was (and for that matter still is) the rambunctious and raucous debut platter from Pleasanton, CA's long disregarded Field Trip. It was the first of three F/T albums to enjoy distribution through Warner Brothers, but despite having the backing of such a powerful and ubiquitous entertainment conglomerate, I never once encountered the quartet on radio or MTV. Trouser Press opines that "in a character-filled voice, guitarist/songwriter Jim Galbraith orients the rocking pop band towards Minneapolis..." In fact, the closest any Twin Cities luminaries come to informing Beautiful might be Soul Asylum, particularly that band's Twin/Tone-era output. A more accurate comparison would be the ever snarky Too Much Joy, who Field Trip were actually labelmates with for a spell. Perhaps the Meat Puppets as well, but not so much. Though the Trip's follow-up albums Headgear and Ripe were more finessed (and in the case of the latter, um, ripe), Beautiful offers plenty of frivolous and fun romps, with some occasional soul-searching musings.
02. Coming of Age
03. Cool Buzz
04. Can't Say No
05. Need a Break
06. No Friends
09. Bleach My Soul
10. Where Did I Go Wrong?
11. Where's the Fire? http://netkups.com/?d=052fd1176e3db