Living Outside

"Burn," the opening song on Sense Field's latest album, is a scorching success.

"Burn," the opening song on Sense Field's latest album, is a scorching success. Underlined with sinister piano melodies, the track—about romantic pain—sets the pace for the disc to be one giant shower of fireworks. Too bad the display is short. There is another gem with "I Refuse"—a smart, sapless ballad about a guy revolting against a girl's attempts to change him. Beyond that, "Living Outside" hits notes that have been played many times before, veering into the past-its-peak nu-metal genre. Sense Field's distinctive vision is clouded by ordinary guitar work and uninspired hooks on several songs. Much of the album comes off like safe, middle-of-the-road rock. Thankfully, though, the too few examples of musical wizardry do manage to outweigh the exceptions.—SA