Field Manual

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2008
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Too often these songs sound like Death Cab B-sides, like the 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark'-mining 'A Bird Is A Song.'
  2. While at times angrier and more energetic than Death Cab for Cutie, many songs could be (and are) B-sides of "Plans" or "Transatlanticism."
  3. On the whole, Field Manual is a solid record.
  4. Obviously, a host of issues--from downtime to headlines--compelled Walla to make this record, and his effort shows. What's missing is a compelling reason to listen.
  5. Add Walla to the list of producers who should stay producers: Field Manual sounds great, but it isn't always worth listening to.
  6. Alternative Press
    50
    It's nice Walla's doing his own thing, but it's also clear from Field Manual that in terms of his main band, credit has always been given where credit was due. [Mar 2008, p.141]
  7. 40
    Field Manual rests slight vocals atop memorable instrumentation, with surprisingly unshimmery production. [Feb 2008, p.98]
  8. Field Manual is, on the whole, pretty solid and the vocals, on the whole, are pretty terrible. In other words, the album sounds exactly like a solo record by a guitarist/producer.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Ryan
    Feb 8, 2008
    7
    Sounds like it could be a Death Cab outtake album.
  2. JohnS.
    Feb 7, 2008
    10
    I can't stop listening to this.