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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

Not as Immediate, but just as Infectious

Field Music's self-titled first album was easily my most favorite album of 2006 - at last count, I've listened to it 60+ times all the way through and I'm *still* not tired of it. So, as you can imagine, I was really anticipating their second release, and bought it as soon as humanly possible. "Tones of Town" does not disappoint at all - sure, it doesn't have a song as insanely catchy as "You're So Pretty" or "You're Not Supposed To", but that doesn't change the fact that I'm currently listening to it for the fourth time today and loving every minute. This album has officially cemented their position as my #1 favorite band of right here and right now, and I think it's going to have some staying power.

Fleshing out the Skeleton

A fuller, more satisfying version of their eponymous debut. A great album.

An enjoyable pop masterpiece

Tones on Town is not only a complex pop album but an orchestral adventure into the epic. No filler here, single after single making you hungry for more and more. Field Music had an impressive debut but their sophomore effort is silk smooth and delighfully cohesive. Nice Job Guys! 9/10


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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