Yay! It's 2011 and, hot on the heels of 2010's 'Field Music (Measure)', it's time for LP #4 from Sunderland lads / bros Peter and David Brewis, aka Field Music. 'Plumb' doesn't sink; quite the opposite, in fact -- it soars and reaches the giddy heights of late '70s AoR. ROCK. And indeed, ROLL. RIYL Supertramp, 10CC, Led Zep or even Field Music.
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Field Music are keeping the Rock N' Roll dream alive. They play those songs like they damn well mean it and somehow still manage to sound fresh to my ears even though their sound is basically a Supertramp/10CC/Beatles/Led Zeppelin hybrid. How they manage to keep squeezing awesome tracks out of this tried and tested AOR rock formula is beyond me but their grasp on the fundamentals is second to none. They are the modern age's finest example of true rock orientated pop music...the way it used to be done back in the frickin' '70s and early '80s. So 'Plumb' is the third album from Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis and it looks to be business as usual for the lads. Fantastic guitar playing, shuffle worthy beats, tight arrangements and beautiful vocal harmonies. Occasionally a string laden, almost film score-esque jam or a synth orientated moment may come into play but mainly 'Plumb' works on the brothers perfect marriage of classic rock influences and hard funk rhythms. I'd love to know who plays drums on this record. The man is a demon! Lads, if you're listening...if you know a drummer better than Mark Simms you need to let us know who he is. Oh, and thanks for another fantastic record. 5/5, etc.
9/10 Penrith Steve 11th February 2015
This is probably Field Music's best album. It starts like Christmas or a beautiful kids film or something - twinkling bells just before the monster bass riff of "Start The Day Right" kicks in. "It's Okay To Change" reminds me of Todd Rundgren, that synth sound is one he's used, I'm sure. As well as the influences mentioned in the above review, there's definitely an XTC thing going on. Also, the production of the album was influenced, surprisingly, by Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson's "Bad" and, less surprisingly, mid-late '70s Bowie. This album also contains their best indie-rock anthem "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing". Peter and David Brewis play all of the instruments themselves, including sharing drumming duties, and produced the album.
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