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Field Studies

QuasiAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Golden Egg (Album) 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Skeleton (Album) 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Star You Left Behind (Album) 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Empty Words (Album) 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. A Fable With No Moral (Album) 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Under a Cloud (Album) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Me & My Head (Album) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Two by Two (Album) 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. It Don't Mean Nothing (Album) 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bon Voyage (Album) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Smile (Album) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Let's Just Go (Album) 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Quasi formed in Portland, Ore., in 1993, which means that it's been fearlessly rocking since long before your website launched or you booted up an iPod. For years -- 17 to be exact -- it was a duo consisting of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss. In 2006, Joanna Bolme (of Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks) joined the band on bass.

Quasi flings words and notes relentlessly, hurling music across the ... Read more in Amazon's Quasi Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Up.
  • ASIN: B00000K1MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The audacious concept of Quasi--a divorced couple playing mournful yet sometimes hilariously embittered songs on only keyboard or guitar and drums--is nicely at odds with the power and catchiness they generate. On their fourth album, former Heatmiser bassist Sam Coomes and indefatigable Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss fill their sound out with a varied palette of keyboard textures and, on two cuts, even a string section. Coomes twists Surf's Up-era Beach Boys style on the deceptively sunny "Under a Cloud," asks "How many hours can a minute hold?" on the sweeping "Me and My Head," and even gets momentarily positive on "Smile." Weiss, for her part, contributes "Two by Two," a brief, beautiful romance postmortem. Stripped down as it may be, Quasi's music is as elegant as Rufus Wainwright's baroque pop, and as magically pained. --Rickey Wright

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be something good in the water in Portland November 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Well, I may be just another happy prole but the last two CDs from Quasi lead me to believe that there is still hope for pop music. Just how does Sam Coomes manage to wangle such a sound out of his beat up Roxichord? And finally in Janet a drummer who knows how to drive a pop song along to a delirious peak. The hook-laden choruses and careful attention to song structure reminds me of the 60s Kinks, Big Star and The Move. But the sound will remind you of no other band. The wall of sound fuzzed-out keyboards create a sonic world that belongs only to Quasi. And for my money, Sam's slash and slide guitar work - used judiciously on just a few tunes - is the best thing to happen to rock since the B-52's realized that you don't need all six strings to make some music. Forget what some jaded reviewers have to say here about the lyrics, because they are clever but real attempts at dealing with the aftermath of a broken relationship. By all means, buy Featuring Birds and Field Studies, and don't miss their awesome live show. It is practically a religious experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy April 21, 2000
By "tksc"
Format:Audio CD
Quasi has yet to replicate their incredible live sound on record. Only 'R&B Transmogrification' comes close, although it is far too dry sounding. On this album Sam Coomes, once again, churns out some great melodies and great rhymes. However, much of the kick of the two previous albums are missing--which means that the sounds here are far removed from the burst of noise that one hears at a live Quasi show. For the great songs this album is lacking 1) the noise (the absence of the roxichord is evident on this album) and 2) Janet's versatile and kinetic drumming (ex. 'our happiness' on 'Featuring 'birds'').
The most effective songs here feature Elliott Smith on bass. His playing is, as always, very tuneful. And in the tradition of Led Zeppelin, Quasi has released 'Birds,' the supposedly featured track of the previous album, an album later (see 'Houses of the Holy). One false note is the obnoxiously long 'A Fable with No Moral.' As the title states: this song goes nowhere. This song should have been subtitled 'Empty Words.'
But despite my reservations, Quasi is infectious. The album ends with a gorgeous ballad ('Let's Just Go') that ends abruptly and we are left with the buzzing sound of the amps before the plug is pulled.
Go check 'em out live...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quasi picks up where they left off. October 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Picking up where they left off may sound like a turn off, but when you make music this good, why change a thing? Its one thing to write decent pop-rock n'roll songs, but to make them so the listener wants to listen to them all day and all night is a relm many music makers can't claim to be in. Janet and Sam are in this relm. I had to warm up to the first handful of songs on 'Field Studies,' simply because they kind of lacked the punch of the starters on "R&B" and "...Birds" but was taken in completely by the time the album ended. Sam's lyrics(i think he wrote all the songs this time)and melodies are on once again especially with 'Me & My Head,' 'Two by Two,'and 'Smile.' Its amazing what he(they're) is able to fit into a bar of music. Sam is able to pen words that teeter perfectly between somewhat silly and simplistically deep and thoughtful. Janet is tops not only with the drumming but the sound of her drums is remarkable. Her voice once again compliments Sam's perfectly, giving the final result one of those "great-parts-in-a-song" butterfly feelings you get inside of you. 'Field Studies' is a bit smoother song structure-wise than the other Quasi offerings and isn't as fuzzy and distroted. It isn't one of those, "you need to listen to the whole thing at once" albums but each song on 'Feild Studies' in some ways links itself or segues perfectly into another song; much like 'The Soft Bulletin' by The Flamming Lips earlier this year. Needless to say, its a very wonderful music listening experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow moving and loathing June 23, 2001
By Blane
Format:Audio CD
This album is not for everyone. It's rather slow moving most of the time and some of the songs (The Golden Egg, The Star You Left Behind, A Fable With No Morale) fade forever into an instrumental. The attitude of Sam Coones could be a definite turn off. I suggest you download some of it before purchasing. I, on the other hand am not one of those people and enjoyed these aspects. Beautiful pop melodies, insightful lyrics, and the essence of Quasi completely hooked me. The only problem I truly have with the album besides a couple of duds (Don't Mean Nothing), is the way they arranged the songs. If the shifts had been better and a more effecient order, the album would go by much quicker and would seem much more cohesive. Instead, you get the feeling that the moaning and groaning of Sam Coones is never going to end. But most of the time - that's a good thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album was suggested to me by a friend, and i had never heard of Quasi before this. But WOW, what a great album. I actually pulled the car over and listened to the whole damn thing.. This is the album that the Beatles didn't hang around long enough to record. Even so, Quasi has a unique sound, and while everything nowadays is a rehash of something else, Quasi definately puts forth a beautiful sound. Empty Words.. wow..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quasi-good
This album is an interesting one in the Sam Coomes repertoire, but the songs are a little repetative. Read more
Published on January 29, 2006 by Daniel C. Herr
4.0 out of 5 stars Ehh
(3 and 1/2 stars)
After listening to the brilliant R&B Transmogrification and Featuring "Birds", I am compelled to ruefully write that Sam and Janet have let me... Read more
Published on March 11, 2003 by Blackberries
5.0 out of 5 stars Would sound great on a Victrola
Boy Howdy, do I love this record. The songwriting is superb and simple. The interesting thing is that the songs sound like they're from the thirties or forties. Read more
Published on March 1, 2000 by Jack McGuire
4.0 out of 5 stars Quasi = Brian Wilson + Elliot Smith
An almost perfect pop record. This divorced husband and wife duo grind out great pop song after song on Field Studies. Read more
Published on February 11, 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Quasi-psychedelic
Young band reinterprets (regurgitates?) the psychedelic sides of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Moody Blues with modern "indie" sensibilties. Read more
Published on February 7, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
I had never heard any of Quasi's music before this. I really like Sleater- Kinney (Janet's other band) so I thought it would be worth checking out. Turns out I was right. Read more
Published on December 7, 1999 by Megan
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, spacey music
I bought this album because one of the band members is in Sleater-Kinney and the other played with Elliott Smith. Don't expect that level of genius here. Read more
Published on November 10, 1999 by Joseph Kugelmass
5.0 out of 5 stars Friggin' Awesome
It just picks up right where "Featuring 'Birds'" left off. I'm happy to see that Sam Coomes is feeling better and glad that Janet Weiss is staying consistent. Read more
Published on October 4, 1999
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