was (and for that matter still is) the rambunctious and raucous debut platter from Pleasanton, CA's longВ disregarded
.В It was the first of three F/T albums to enjoy distribution through Warner Brothers, but despiteВ having the backingВ of such a powerful and ubiquitous entertainment conglomerate, IВ never once encountered theВ quartet on radio or MTV.В
Trouser PressВ opines that "in a character-filled voice, guitarist/songwriter Jim Galbraith orients the rocking pop band towards Minneapolis..."
В В In fact, the closest any Twin Cities luminaries come to informingВ Beautiful
might be Soul Asylum, particularlyВ that band'sВ Twin/Tone-era output.В A more accurate comparisonВ would beВ the ever snarky Too Much Joy, who Field Trip were actually labelmates with for a spell.В Perhaps the Meat Puppets as well, but not so much.В Though the Trip'sВ follow-up albums Headgear
were more finessed (and in the case of the latter, um, ripe), Beautiful
offers plenty of frivolous and fun romps, with some occasional soul-searching musings.В