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Album Review

There's no hint of a sophomore slump on Field Music's second record, Tones of Town. Maybe the record is less of a thrill because the initial surprise of discovering a new band as melodically rich, inventive and effortlessly hooky as they are has worn off. Now you can be surprised they not only didn't blow it completely, but they pulled off the rare feat of making a more interesting and satisfying follow-up to a classic debut. Less thrilling, perhaps, but more filling. Indeed, the songs are filled with more layers of emotion, arranged more brilliantly and played with even more precision and warmth. It's a less angular sounding album with softer edges and a fuller sound. Softer, but not complacent in any way as the band adds enough left-field sonic trickery (glitchy electronic effects, MOR strings) to keep things very interesting. They also play with a tightly controlled strength that makes the rare moments that they do let loose (like on the chorus of "In Context") seem even more fiery. This is a record made by craftsmen who know exactly what they are doing; there's not a wasted note, stray emotion or duff moment to be found, and the songs (like "A House Is Not a Home," "Working to Work," "Closer at Hand" and "She Can Do What She Wants") are examples of pop music at its best; smart, catchy, bright and full of passion. Tones of Town cements Field Music's place as one of the best pop bands of any kind operating in 2007.

Customer Reviews

Top Notch!!

Id never heard of Field Music until over hearing the new cd been played in my local music store . The best thing about this cd is that it realy creeps up on you . This cd takes a few listens but wow!! when it grabs you you wonder why you've never heard of them before!!. Thrillingly Sophisticated & music so lovley it makes time stop just about sums it up. Buy with confidence there also on tour in Feb !! heaven!!

Field Music

Like all the truly great albums 'Tones Of Town' doesn't make much sense on the first listen, but second or third time around and these songs really get stuck in your brain. Its a more solid effort than their debut with more emphasis on melody and songs without losing the experimental feel of the first album. For me the standout tracks here are 'In Context', 'Place Yourself', and 'A House Is Not a Home'.

Field of Dreams?

Very much a grower, serious music with a lot going on but ultimately strong songs, good hooks and interesting instrumentation. Reminded me a lot of the High Llamas, vocally and also the inate intelligence of what they are trying to do. Kind of stuff reviewers at Uncut or Mojo will come over...


Formed: Sunderland, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from Sunderland, England, indie/art rockers Field Music were formed in the early 2000s by siblings Peter and David Brewis. Their colorful and hyper-musical blend of tricky Beach Boys melodies filtered through a post-rock-meets-prog-rock-meets-soft-rock aesthetic has drawn comparisons to the New Pornographers and the Futureheads. Their self-titled debut was released in 2005 on Memphis Industries Records, followed by Write Your Own History in 2006 and Tones of Town in 2007. After this burst...
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