Field Music - Field Music
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the northern England band that shares members with Futureheads and Maximo Park.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. 91
    Few bands this side of Wilco float along so easily on little more than diagonally rendered elegiac noises and severe anxiety disorder. [Mar 2006, p.95]
  2. It's an excellent nod to XTC's mod-pop, played with a frenetic edge for the ADD generation. [7 Apr 2006, p.63]
  3. Instead of embracing the angularity of the self-conscious Britpop and New Wave scenes of yore, Field Music embrace the sugary pop-rock that defined the first British Invasion.
  4. A debut offering of preposterously ace swoon-pop. [6 Aug 2005, p.56]
  5. These are songs that veer to and fro, frequently sounding as if they’re nearly about to run off the rails.
  6. Even Paul McCartney himself hasn't made an album this McCartneyish for some twenty-odd years now.
  7. Field Music is a classic case of an album that sounds so good that it takes a while before you realize that there really isn't much going on beneath the surface.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. DerekC
    Sep 13, 2005
    10
    I haven't heard a better orch-pop record since Eric Matthews debut in 1995. High praise, well deserved
  2. WomboA
    Apr 7, 2006
    9
    Sounds like Elbow on candy and ecstasy. And XTC.
  3. leeb
    Mar 7, 2006
    8
    cracking debut by my locals. Old fashioned maybe but shows some exciting promise for the future. There are two or three fillers in the middle cracking debut by my locals. Old fashioned maybe but shows some exciting promise for the future. There are two or three fillers in the middle of the album when the pace drops but there are some cracking sweet sing along pop tunes in here! Expand
  4. LawrenceP
    Sep 12, 2006
    8
    At first it seems kind of plain...but after half a dozen spins, it hits you in the most sublime way and I love every note of it!
  5. BenJ
    Apr 10, 2006
    8
    I can't think of another album I've bought which has taken so many spins before I've finally "got" it. Initially disappointing I can't think of another album I've bought which has taken so many spins before I've finally "got" it. Initially disappointing at first it's brilliance grows after numerous spins. Well worth investigating. Expand