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Field Songs

William Elliott WhitmoreAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Bury Your Burdens In The Ground 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Field Song 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Don't Need It 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Everything Gets Gone 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Let's Do Something Impossible 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. We'll Carry On 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Not Feeling Any Pain 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Well it's a goddamn shame what's going down
How we got to this I do not know
There's a sick sick wind that is blowin' 'round
And the captain's got to go

Sung over a martial drumbeat comes the first lines of "Mutiny," the opening track on William Elliott Whitmore's ANTI- Records debut Animals In The Dark, and it is immediately apparent that ... Read more in Amazon's William Elliott Whitmore Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B0050546G4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

On his 2011 album Field Songs, Iowa troubadour William Elliott Whitmore documents a vanishing American landscape with all the heartfelt soul and quiet fury one could hope for. "Heartland firebrand blows fuse, fights for truth" heralded Spin Magazine when describing Whitmore, who utilizes a powerful singing voice beyond his years and a stark dramatic sound rooted in bluegrass, blues and folk protest music. These songs vividly evoke a life of struggle, humble resilience and family bond inspired by life on his family s farm along the Mississippi River. Whitmore has made a name for himself both within the punk movement, where his populism and sincerity resonate with alienated urban kids, and the roots community, where writers like Andy Downing in the Chicago Tribune have placed him within the "new pastoralism" of Bon Iver and the Fleet Foxes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs for Hard Times November 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Armed with only an acoustic guitar, a banjo, and a world-weary voice that belies his thirty-three years, William Elliot Whitmore has released his second CD for the Anti label.

At little more than thirty minutes and eight songs, Whitmore speaks to the hard times facing most Americans. Check out the album's closing track, the stark "Not Feeling Any Pain":

My sweat and blood are spilling out, no bandages can mend;
And in my mind there is no doubt that none of this trouble will ever end.
I've had my days, I've had my doubts
Of how this whole thing will play out;
But still I know that all I see
Someday soon will cease to be;
But I am not feeling any pain.

I saw Whitmore perform last year in a venue that barely accommodated three hundred people. It was an amazing show. He's coming back next month. (I've already got my tickets!) Listen to the samples; then get this album. You won't regret it. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [Running time - 34:09]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars William Elliott Whitmore - Fields of pain July 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Those of you who have played the innovative Xbox 360 game "Red dead redemption" will have already heard the deep raspy voice of William Elliott Whitmore singing without accompaniment a haunting Western lament "Bury me not on the lone prairie" which in terms of tradition owes a much greater debt to Tom Waits than it does Hank Williams. His latest album is firmly located in that unflinching commitment to raw frontier folk and throughout its basically Whitmore's voice, assorted banjo's and guitars. William Elliott Whitmore was formerly a hunk core punk and that ethic can also be found in the sparse songs of this vocalist and musician from Lee County, Iowa. In this album he rails agains the "manifest destiny of factory farms" on the powerful title track and states a powerful case for American individualism in the pumping "Don't need it".

This is by no means a long album and in one sense it might start to jar if it was. Whitmore makes little concessions to any explicit modern influences although strangely the banjo introduction to opener "Bury your burdens in the ground" does remind this reviewer of the melody of The Beta Bands "Dry the Rain" (that said the old "hearing" is playing up at the moment!). When Whitmore does introduce the greater warmth of an acoustic guitar he also tends to counter this with a darker set of lyrics not least in "Everything gets gone" where he intones that like "shutters in the wind I'm just holding on" reminding all that we are just here for a little while. It is somewhat of a relief then when the mood lifts to something more uplighting in "Let's do something impossible", while the albums concluding song the primal "Not feeling any pain" would not go amiss being sung to a gospel gathering in a chapel within the deep south.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Field Songs~Rustic Poetry November 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
William Elliott Whitmore sings with the birds, the tin roof, the rooster, the fence posts and muddy rows of a field. I've never heard someone's heart so close to home in a song, it's almost as if the rhythm of the beat of that heart keeps time with an old Ford 8N.
Give this music a chance, rustic poetry; everyone I've shared this CD with, after a slow time- asks who this is or WHAT this is...and if they can sit on the old swing a little longer and hear more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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William Elliott Whitmore is a beast, and Field Songs is his burden lifted. The record keeps his stark style intact with simple, traditional instrumentation and his booming baritone, while in the background, the ambient sounds of birds, roosters, frogs and insects form the perfect choral section. He's been through tough times. He's spent years and albums dealing with pain. And now he's finally emerged from the dust to sing and strum about loss less like a farmboy and more like a man. Whitmore will forever be toiling away on the farm, and Field Songs gives us yet another reason why - there's no place like home for healing the soul.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Country Roots!!!! August 25, 2011
William Elliott Whitmore plays fantastic songs with passion and soul.Field Songs is the proof than is
possible write amazing songs with simplicity,humility and country roots.The guitar and banjo never sounded
so sweet in the darkness.Album of The Year in my opinion!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless June 3, 2014
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WEW never disappoints. His music and voice speak to that country soul inside us all. Even if you've grown up in the big city all your life, anyone can relate to the themes within every song. This is perfect driving music, but also great so putting on while you're sitting out on the porch on a hot summer night. My personal favorite is the opening track "Bury Your Burdens in the Ground." If you get a chance, see this man live, it's an amazing experience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars CD download NOT included. February 12, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
There is a "Includes CD download" sticker on the album's image. The vinyl I received did not include a CD download. I don't like false advertising, and I would not have purchased this album if I knew it did not come with a CD download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this guy... February 8, 2014
By Ilya
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Get yourself a bottle of whiskey and sit back cause this dude is awesome!
I discovered him from Red Dead Redemption( he performed the last song in the game) Just awesome!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars you'll probably like this
play it through about a 1/2 dozen times and make sure you listen. pandora kept playing him and he grew on me. they said he has the voice Tom Waitts wishes he had.... Read more
Published 6 days ago by jon b.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs from the nearly forgotten world of our grandparents...
Earthy, haunting songs from a unique mind and well crafted by skilled hands, and a voice from the mud and gravel backroads on a long journey from the Delta to the Iowa farm... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars This is pretty incredible
If you love music, you should listen to this. WEW does more with his voice, a guitar, a banjo, and a bass drum that most bands do with so much more. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but ..
Interesting, accomplished, well-done.
Challenging to listen to for extended periods.
Could be more "tuneful". Read more
Published 14 months ago by pr001
5.0 out of 5 stars What else is there to say about Whitmore?
He's amazing and his sound fixes everything bad in the world. I wish I could find booking info for him...I'd love to have him at my 30th birthday party.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful acoustics from the heartland
Went into my local music store and heard this playing. Had gone in with my son to buy "his" music - and left with this one in my pocket. I've already ordered all the others. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Asherville
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really great album by an amazing musician. Definitely a must have if you are into any of his other albums
Published 21 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Ther are very few albums that I can put in and listen through the entire thing. This is one of them.
Published 21 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitmore is the real deal.
There is nobody in this genre doing music this good, period. As real as it gets. A fantastic record with a lot of thoughtful stories to tell.
Published on July 16, 2012 by Record Collector
4.0 out of 5 stars The sound of the Earth
William Elliott Whitmore is one of the most soulful sounding, mid-30s white dudes from IA you'll ever hear. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by M. Moss
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