Old Fears - School of Language
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Old Fears is the sound of a quick, keen mind at work and play.
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Twisty and characterful, this is frequently dazzling stuff. [May 2014, p.118]
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    80
    This time the emotional waters run just as deep as the musical ones, and it stands as some of the best brainy, heartfelt pop around.
  4. Old Fears provides a fascinating insight into the mind of an increasingly-indispensable pop polymath.
  5. Apr 4, 2014
    80
    Old Fears makes for a fascinating record, evolving gradually from start to finish and yet doing so in a way subtle enough so as to never jar nor stand out.
  6. Apr 3, 2014
    80
    This is one person using only the bare minimum but still crafting something beautiful.
  7. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    At times, it’s the lyrics in Old Fears that firmly stand out over the music itself.
  8. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    Old Fears is entirely worth your concentration. [Apr 2014, p.81]
  9. 75
    It’s a skew-wiff funk record you can’t dance to, something to get lost in while not immediate, stuffed with arrangements that have so much going on but you hardly notice once they’re set.
  10. Apr 11, 2014
    74
    Part of Brewis’ duty in Field Music was to keep them from veering over the edge into too busy AOR prog, and he uses that same keen ear to keep Old Fears from becoming too cute or kitsch with the tweed-funk.
  11. Apr 10, 2014
    70
    Old Fears is, then, a notably moodier, less accessible work than Field Music's last album Plumb.
  12. Apr 1, 2014
    65
    Old fears exhausts its good ideas about halfway through, but isn't a bad experience overall. [Feb-Mar 2014, p.76]
  13. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    The bold Old Fears is more than a side project. [May 2014, p.89]
  14. Apr 7, 2014
    60
    It works because of its twitchy pop sensibilities, which gaze longingly back at the '80s, and while that isn't a bad thing, it's still a hard record to get attached to.

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