Skywriting [Skywriting + Singles]

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
1990's Skywriting is the divisive release in the Field Mice's catalog, the one album about which everyone has a strong opinion. To be honest, most of those opinions are negative, due almost entirely to side one of this brief album, the entirety of which is taken up by the lengthy and frankly rather dull "Triangle." An attempt to write a New Order-style dance track, "Triangle" is instead an extended exercise in robotic sequencers and a thudding electronic rhythm that goes nowhere and takes far too long to do so. Thankfully, the otherwise comprehensive career retrospective Where'd You Learn to Kiss That Way cuts the song nearly in half, to no ill effect. However shades of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
1990's Skywriting is the divisive release in the Field Mice's catalog, the one album about which everyone has a strong opinion. To be honest, most of those opinions are negative, due almost entirely to side one of this brief album, the entirety of which is taken up by the lengthy and frankly rather dull "Triangle." An attempt to write a New Order-style dance track, "Triangle" is instead an extended exercise in robotic sequencers and a thudding electronic rhythm that goes nowhere and takes far too long to do so. Thankfully, the otherwise comprehensive career retrospective Where'd You Learn to Kiss That Way cuts the song nearly in half, to no ill effect. However shades of Love's Da Capo, the five tracks on side two of Skywriting are among the best and most eclectic of the Field Mice's career, from the country-tinged acoustic lament "Canada" to the utterly mad "Humblebee," a much more effective slice of acid house pop with a chant of, "Chocolate! Love! Sex!," that rather sums up the band's world view. Their first release as a five-piece, Skywriting integrates the three new members quite neatly, giving otherwise familiar-sounding tunes such as "It Isn't Forever" and "Below the Stars" a richness missing from the thin-sounding bedroom indie pop of the earlier duo releases. Give side one a miss, treat the remainder as an EP, and you have one of the Field Mice's best efforts. [The 2005 LTM reissue sprawls over two CDs, with the first CD adding five bonus cuts to the original release and the second CD collecting ten bonus singles.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Ltm
  • EAN: 5024545310221
  • Catalog Number: 2421
  • Sales rank: 66,715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Triangle (8:55)
  2. 2 Canada (3:26)
  3. 3 Clearer (3:55)
  4. 4 It Isn't Forever (6:00)
  5. 5 Below the Stars (5:36)
  6. 6 Humblebee (6:31)
  7. 7 Landmark (5:08)
  8. 8 Quicksilver (5:01)
  9. 9 Holland Street (2:52)
  10. 10 Indian Ocean (5:02)
  11. 11 So Said Kay (5:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If You Need Someone (3:44)
  2. 2 The World to Me (3:39)
  3. 3 Song Six (5:04)
  4. 4 Anyone Else Isn't You (4:11)
  5. 5 Bleak (5:06)
  6. 6 I Thought Wrong (3:26)
  7. 7 Right as Rain (3:45)
  8. 8 A Heart Disease Called Love (5:03)
  9. 9 This Is Not Here (5:10)
  10. 10 Other Galaxies (10:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Field Mice Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ian Catt Producer, Instrumentation
The Field Mice Producer
Mark Dobson Instrumentation
Harvey Williams Composer, Instrumentation
Robert Wratten Composer, Instrumentation
Annemari Davies Instrumentation
Michael Hiscock Composer, Instrumentation
Alistair Fitchett Sleeve Notes
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