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William Elliott Whitmore

William Elliott Whitmore: Field SongsField Songs (2011)
Anti- Records

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Out now on Anti- Records comes William Elliott Whitmore's fifth proper release. And he's authentic, charismatic and captivating as ever. With his gruff, soulful voice, Field Songs stays consistent with the William Elliott Whitmore you and I both fell for when he opened for Against Me! on the Searchi.
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Out now on Anti- Records comes William Elliott Whitmore's fifth proper release. And he's authentic, charismatic and captivating as ever. With his gruff, soulful voice, Field Songs stays consistent with the William Elliott Whitmore you and I both fell for when he opened for Against Me! on the Searching for a Former Clarity tour. Or maybe you were recently won over when he opened for Chris Cornell lasts spring (what? Yep.).

Field Songs keeps it simple with nothing more than a banjo or guitar with the occasional foot stomping. Staying true to what he knows, Whitmore tells tales of life on the countryside. I'm trying not to fall into the cliché of mentioning how this 33-year-old brings the feeling and soulfulness of someone well beyond his years, but it's so true and undeniable. This album takes you right there out in the fields of the farm, the front porch or the riverbanks of Whitmore's home state in Iowa. Field Songs is not necessarily a concept album; but keeping in theme, sprinkled throughout are actual field sounds of birds singing and crickets chirping.

Although the eight-track record is best listened to start to finish, I think the real standout track is "Bury Your Burdens in the Ground". It's the opening track of the album and rolls out nice and smooth setting the tone of the album with a slow strum on the banjo, with birds chirping in the background and, yes, that signature gruff voice of Mr. Whitmore.

If you were never really into William Elliott Whitmore, I'm not sure this is the album that will win you over if nothing has yet–just because I find it incredibly consistent with his prior releases (which are stellar). However, if you are already on board, you'll be stoked to know the same exact thing–that Field Songs is incredibly consistent and a lovely addition to his discography.

 

 
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OVERdefined (August 5, 2011)

Mikexdude schooling me on trolling. Wow.

mikexdude (August 3, 2011)

Not punk at all, get this garbage off of here.

OVERdefined (August 3, 2011)

Oh you're old. You're from the 90s. Figures.

skolarx (August 3, 2011)

its ok, i was 15 once too.

OVERdefined (August 3, 2011)

I can't roll my eyes hard enough at you.

skolarx (August 2, 2011)

what is punk music? does it need to sound like the Ramones or Sex Pistols?

sailin_on (August 2, 2011)

CAn't wait to check this out. And to the guy who called Chuck Ragan "fake country", fuck you.

OVERdefined (August 2, 2011)

Fuck, you guys are so deep. "Punk" music not "punk" attitude or aesthetic. Most of the people on this site like "punk music" over "punk aesthetic." If you want to argue with that you're just being an asshole.

tenwestchaser (August 2, 2011)

*from THE heart

tenwestchaser (August 2, 2011)

Just caught him at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Such an amazing show. Whitmore is one of the best and most earnest song writers out right now. Bill Hicks used to scream about more musicians needing to sing and perform from heart....this is the kind of heart and soul he was referring to.

Powderdaze (August 2, 2011)

will is punk as fuck. just not a punk musician.

skolarx (August 2, 2011)

out of curiousity, what isn't "punk" about it?

personally i would guess the reason he isn't bigger on this site is more to do with the fact that he never sang/ screamed for any "punk" or hardcore bands as opposed to people like Chuck Ragan or Frank Turner who similar in style and much bigger around here because of that connection

OVERdefined (August 2, 2011)

It's not huge "here" because it's not "punk" music. Nothing against it, but I'm just pointing out the obvious.

theproblemwithfire (August 2, 2011)

i don't know why this isn't huge here. this guy has so much soul and emotion in his voice alone. way better than the brian fallon/chuck ragan fake country act that everyone here eats up

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