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2 reviews »Now ... again I'm reviewing FIELD MUSIC and their bonny new album TONES OF TOWN. If music were a dog this would be golden retriever all prim and proper with shiny nose and bright eyes collecting your slippers and getting drool all over them. Its very prog and 70's with their harmonies and sounds they're busting out. We like the chaps in these parts and seeing them live I was blown away by their ... »

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Tones of Town by Field Music
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8/10 Maggie Staff review, 18 January 2007
Now ... again I'm reviewing FIELD MUSIC and their bonny new album TONES OF TOWN. If music were a dog this would be golden retriever all prim and proper with shiny nose and bright eyes collecting your slippers and getting drool all over them. Its very prog and 70's with their harmonies and sounds they're busting out. We like the chaps in these parts and seeing them live I was blown away by their technical skills and arrangements. On record its a different animal and at times I find the whole thing a bit disparate and unconnected but this may be cured by a few listens. Certainly not berift of ideas this gang and we are treated to loops and hooks for fun. The album features last week single of the week "A House is not a home" which sounds more Grange Hill and jolly the more I hear it. Enough ideas and knees up moments to fill a kennel with.

10/10 simon franklin Customer review,

Fronted by brothers Peter and David Brewis, quirky trio Field Music appear to take their main influences from one of British rock?s most darkest periods- the mid 70?s, and reinvent it for the 21st century, bringing it a fresh new life with no hint of irony.

'Tones Of Town' is their second album, and is going to become one of those records that bears repeated listening simply because it so very different from virtually everything else that is currently in vogue. It opens with 'Give It Lose It Take It' which comes across like prime time 10CC, whilst 'Sit Tight' gives a nod in the direction of Steely Dan. The title cut features a clanging guitar which these ears find reminiscent of a restrained version of 90?s US noiseniks Polvo or Truman?s Water, complete with constantly shifting rhythms and time signatures. The recent single, 'A House Is Not A Home' is not a cover of the Bacharach/David song, but sounds like 10CC and Yes having a fight with Wings.

'In Context' is what Talking Heads would of sounded like if they were British and had been around in the early 70?s, whilst 'A Gap Has Appeared' demonstrates Field Music?s grasp of harmony vocalising, and leads straight into the albums toughest sounding track, 'Closer To Hand'.

The final track, 'She Can Do What She Wants' starts out with a nod to the bass line from 'Time Is Tight' before an impressive meeting of that Polvo guitar and harmony vocals brings the proceedings to a very satisfactory close.

All in all this is a really satisfying listen and if you are tired of the current crop of Oasis/Libertines wannabe?s, then Field Music provide blessed relief from all of that.


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