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  • Summary: The indie rock English outfit made up of brothers David and Peter Brewis (original drummer in the Futureheads) has reunited with founder/director Andrew Moore on its latest, Field Music (Measure).
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
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  1. 100
    The Brewis brothers may be at odds with the modern world, but in this stunningly realised double album, they've created the ultimate sanctuary.
  2. And when the Brewis brothers bust out in full XTC-style guitar-pop mode on the surging “Effortlessly” and the hopeful “Share The Words,” the songs bloom all the brighter.
  3. After solo projects for both brothers, the regrouped Field Music remains concise but newly prolific on its third album, “Field Music (Measure)” (Memphis Industries), which is packed with 19 songs and a closing instrumental (actually two, including a hidden track).
  4. For something so sprawling, Field Music (Measure) is impressively cohesive, particularly when considering the styles of the two brothers are more distinctive than ever.
  5. Although it packs 20 songs into nearly 70 minutes, Field Music (Measure) feels remarkably concise and well-plotted — a series of harmony-rich guitar-pop ditties and resonant motifs that are covertly part of a larger package.
  6. Freed from self-imposed musical constraints, ‘Field Music (Measure)’ is big, bold and beautiful.
  7. Field Music can certainly use each song’s inherent tension to keep each song coherent, but over two album’s worth of music, that tension is diluted, and the songs tend to run into each other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. MatthewD
    Jun 18, 2010
    10
    Creative, Varied, Authentic, Quirky, Simple, Complicated, Enjoyable!
  2. ToniT
    Feb 22, 2010
    10
    Simply awesome. And addictive: can't help playing it again and again, looking for new moments of magic. Surely XTC can be named along with Todd Rundgren, but, once again, for me Field Music excel in turning Gentle Giant's concise twists and turns and vocal harmonies into a style of their own. Anyway, one thing I'll never forgive them is for driving me into tears before suddenly fading that beast of a song called Precious. Hey, boys, you can't be boring, leave us some minutes more, oh please!! Expand
  3. AdrianF.
    Feb 18, 2010
    10
    Like all the best bits of early Yes, Queen, XTC and Beatles. But more then the sum of its parts.
  4. steveb
    May 17, 2010
    10
    The Brewis Brothers are first of all great composers and musicians. Their music is simultaneously highly melodic and rhythmic. Their songs are moving and musical and reveal more and more development upon repeated listening. Their Measure CD is also wonderfully recorded and a treat to listen to on headphones. Expand
  5. AdamL
    Feb 22, 2010
    9
    This is an excellent album. Normally a double album would struggle to keep me interested, but this just keeps you gasping for more. Great stuff.
  6. Aug 16, 2010
    9
    An explosion of nostalgic feelings since the first track, wonderful, probably in my top ten of the year. I love when the new bands make new music and even if sounds old, it looks original. Expand
  7. Francesca
    Mar 8, 2010
    7
    I love them and I reeeeeeallly wanted to love this as much I do previous albums but it just won't happen. Good album and perhaps it's just a personal thing but for me it doesn't come near Tones of Town Expand

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