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Field Manual


  • 1. Two-Fifty
    2. Score, The
    3. Sing Again
    4. Bird Is a Song, A
    5. Geometry & C
    6. Everyone Needs a Home
    7. Everybody On
    8. Our Plans, Collapsing
    9. Archer V. Light
    10. St. Modesto
    11. It's Unsustainable
    12. Holes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31069

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Walla; Warne Livesey
    EngineerChris Walla

    Personnel: Kurt Dahle, Jason McGerr (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Christopher Walla; Tucker Martine.
    Recording information: Mushroom; The Alberta Court; The Command Center, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; The Hall Of Justice, Seattle, WA; The Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, OR.
    Photographer: Christopher Walla.
    Death Cab for Cutie producer and musical mastermind steps out from his primary gig's shadow for FIELD MANUAL, a solo debut that sounds much like his main squeeze of a band. Not that there's anything wrong with that. What works on Death Cab albums works here too: layered, mid-tempo indie pop with enough guitar crunch, hooks, and political wit to bob heads and raise fists in equal measure. Two pleasant surprises: hearing Walla's sweet, accomplished vocals independent of Ben Gibbard's and the spare, melancholic closing tracks.The limited edition deluxe version features a gorgeous cloth-bound cover.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "Ever the skilled multi-instrumentalist, Walla also reveals an endearingly shaky singing voice, which he lends to a set of dreamy, low-key protest songs." -- Grade: B
    CMJ - "He plays every instrument save drums....[Walla] musters the blithe confidence of a musician whose intuitive capabilities as a front man have been glossed over for much too long."
    Harp (magazine) (p.108) - "The lush vocal harmonies on opener 'Two Fifty' are unique and arresting..."
    Paste (magazine) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a flawless glass in which to capture Walla's dreamy melodies, which are bedecked with careful, unobtrusive glints of studio embellishment."
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