Everything Last Winter

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 8, 2007
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Filter
    86
    Imagine a keyboard-loving European version of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. [#25, p.94]
  2. Everything Last Winter may be the most accomplished debut of 2007, and it will invariably be one of the best.
  3. For the most part Fields are lazily picking their own way between the disparate pastures of folk, pop, post rock and shoegaze on a deliciously sun-dappled day.
  4. Jack the volume up and let Fields suck the air from your lungs.
  5. Alternative Press
    80
    One needs to spin [the album] multiple times to appreciate the complex but heart-tugging prog-folk dream-pop contained within. [Jul 2007, p.168]
  6. Under The Radar
    80
    Everything Last Winter is one of the best debut albums of the year so far. [Summer 2007, p.79]
  7. 'Everything Last Winter' is a record by a band blithely unconcerned about any perceptions of cool.
  8. Spin
    70
    An easy album to enjoy. [Jun 2007, p.93]
  9. The ten songs which make up Everything Last Winter drift along without saying anything at all.
  10. They manage to create a hefty mass of synth'n'guitar led sound, while remaining friendly and accessible.
  11. The repeated songwriting formula becomes predictable, and loses some of its power.
  12. Q Magazine
    60
    Mood music for goat-sacrificing pagan rituals. [May 2007, p.124]
  13. Uncut
    60
    Sometimes, in hunting a mid-point between noise maelstrom and Espers-style chamber psychedelia, Fields come out sounding merely ordinary. [May 2007, p.90]
  14. As big as the heart-swelling hooks get, though, Fields are more memorable when they let their early-1970s folk ghosts creep into the corners of their songs like dusty cobwebs.
  15. Unfortunately though, Fields never quite reach such dizzy heights on the rest of the album, preferring instead to apply their considerable talents to creating numerous prog-outs that lack the heroic factor of their first single.
  16. 50
    Everything Last Winter loses itself slightly in the oversaturated field of worthy emulators, the record could find its place soundtracking the ABC drama you call a life.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. J
    Aug 28, 2007
    9
    A brilliant debut that gets better with each listen.
  2. AmurabiM.
    Aug 23, 2007
    4
    Boring. The kind of music that feels uncompromising, ambitious but, overall, pretentious. Fields falls down by the weight of its ambitions. Boring. The kind of music that feels uncompromising, ambitious but, overall, pretentious. Fields falls down by the weight of its ambitions. They´re not emotive; don´t provoke anything and feels like a college band with the kind of snobby influences and huge records collections but nothing of quality or, at least, good hooks or lyrics or, well, songs. All this album feels like some pretentious crap of geeks with too much musical knowledge. And this is not good. Full Review »
  3. TristramC
    Aug 1, 2007
    8
    I understand why critics would dismiss this album. There is i'll admit and underlying plea for commercial viability here that is grating I understand why critics would dismiss this album. There is i'll admit and underlying plea for commercial viability here that is grating but the harmonies ultimately set the band apart. This album will sneak up on the listener give the time and repeated listens. Its among the most versatile records of the year using a myriad of musical cues when most bands specialize in 2 to 3. Dynamics, melody, driving rhythms & riffs and those heavenly harmonies previously mentioned all come together here. I did not like this record till I heard it about 10 tiimes but now its among my favs. Do not resign it Everything Last Winter to the used bin at your local store too quickly. Full Review »