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. Effortlessly blends candy-pop conventions with the concise edge of punk. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.128]
  4. What is most interesting about this record, apart from it’s self-assured collection of off-beat laments is the amount of exciting doorways it flings open for the future.
  5. These are songs that veer to and fro, frequently sounding as if they’re nearly about to run off the rails.
  6. Hard work but worth the effort. [Oct 2005, p.117]
  7. The band's shortcomings only become apparent when looking at the album as a whole; its repetition of the same sunshine formula loses it flare right around the third track, when the record's pace begins to slow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 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