Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. It’s unpredictable, ridiculously clever, catchy as hell and as perfect a pop album as you’re ever likely to hear.
  2. Tones of Town finds Field Music... hurling themselves into an abyss of pastoral abstraction with a wholeheartedness that is utterly thrilling.
  3. You absolutely, positively cannot go wrong buying this one.
  4. Tones of Town may lack the swooning immediacy of its predecessor, but it still sounds like a labor of love.
  5. While Tones is tighter, smaller, and more to-the-point than its predecessor, I’m not fully convinced that it’s as good as Field Music.
  6. It's not overestimating matters to call 'Tones of Town' a timeless masterpiece.
  7. The more I listen to Tones of Town, the more I can’t get it out of my head.
  8. Tones of Town cements Field Music's place as one of the best pop bands of any kind operating in 2007.
  9. The mood is joyfully confident, the sunshine-pop and dreamy harmonies as seamless as the carefully constructed ideas that lay behind them.
  10. They're bright, breezy, accomplished and catchy, indie-pop at its best.
  11. It’s Field Music’s strength that after a short time, this music finds a way of affecting the listener in a subtle yet deep way.
  12. Loaded with the sort of multi-tiered melodies you find in the early work of XTC.
  13. Tones Of Town sounds genuinely confident, like the band learned to focus more after its 2005 debut.
  14. Beautiful, but never callow, here is an album to fall slowly in love with.
  15. Under The Radar
    Tones of Town carries the precision, sophistication, and sense of fun that made predecessor brainy pop bands like XTC so damned good. [#16, p.91]
  16. New Musical Express (NME)
    They're a band who are defiantly British and who haven't sold their soul to current trends--and they're all the better for it. [20 Jan 2007, p.29]
  17. Anyone expecting "Revolver" or "Hunky Dory" will soon find their patience sorely tested, though those hoping for a modest collection of whimsical indie melodies, some Beatlesy orchestral flourishes and some cleverly off-kilter rhythms may find much to enjoy in these brief 11 songs.
  18. Mojo
    The result is 31 minutes of constantly surprising music, more absorbing and less conventional than anything on their self-titled 2005 debut. [Feb 2007, p.102]
  19. Uncut
    They're now a glorious band. [Feb 2007, p.76]
  20. Q Magazine
    A great leap forward. [Jan 2007, p.148]
  21. Paste Magazine
    The band doesn't vary its approach much for record number two. [Mar 2007, p.63]
  22. There are off-centre, post-hardcore workouts and plenty of edgy but polished, pop fusion pieces, which suggest The Futureheads transplanted to 70s West Coast America.
  23. The real glory is in watching the trio pull it all off live, perfect harmonies and all.
  24. Entertainment Weekly
    If the opaque lyrics seem like last-minute slaves to the meter, the brothers' amicable yelpings add a human touch. [23 Feb 2007, p.98]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Roco
    May 12, 2007
    Wonderful from start to finish!
  2. MikeM
    May 11, 2007
    Sorry Can't Recommend this AT ALL. One of the worst albums ive heard this year....i lied it is the worst i've HEARD this year. im Sorry Can't Recommend this AT ALL. One of the worst albums ive heard this year....i lied it is the worst i've HEARD this year. im sure there's worse, but i dont like to waste my money... Full Review »
  3. EpicC
    May 5, 2007
    Solid and overall just plain fun. Really upbeat and with lots of great hooks and melodies. I highly recommend!