The Week That Was' "The Week That Was"
If you're bored with the same old easy-listening alternative rock, most of which sounds like some gentle, inoffensive blend of Coldplay, Wilco and Earlimart, then The Week That Was, a solo effort by Field Music's Peter Brewis, offers a welcome change of pace from the likable but unimaginative, melodic norm. This is the sort of release that feels refreshingly uncategorizable yet hauntingly familiar, like the ambitious but slightly antisocial child of Kate Bush and Pink Floyd who refuses to play nicely. The 32-minute LP presents a deeply unpredictable, unfathomable progression of songs, from the relentless drums and early-Genesis sound of "Learn to Learn" to the Beatles-y ballad "Come Home." There's supposed to be some sort of unfolding crime mystery inspired by Paul Auster here, but good luck unraveling that one. Even after several listens, these songs will leave you scratching your head and wondering, "That was interesting but ... what was that?" -- Heather Havrilesky / Original post