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Field Music

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If Only the Moon Were Up
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Tell Me Keep Me
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Pieces
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Luck Is a Fine Thing
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Shorter Shorter
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It's Not the Only Way to Feel Happy
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Like When You Meet Someone Else
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You Can Decide
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Got to Get the Nerve
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Got to Write a Letter
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You're So Pretty
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You're Not Supposed to
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Trying to Sit Out
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I'm Tired
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 45:00

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Field Music, Field Music
Label: Memphis Industries

Containing members of both the Futureheads and Maximo Park, the British band Field Music contains none of the nervous twitching or fretful fretwork that characterizes those bands. Instead, their songs are gorgeously sanded, like driftwood or beach glass. Recalling Komeda or a sterner Sea & Cake, the songs on the group's debut float airy, falsetto vocals over whirring piano and loose, ambling bass. But despite the intricacy of the arrangements, the music is neither arid… read more »

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Piper at the Gates of Post-punk

Goldfrapper

I love this - it reminds me of a mix of Syd Barrett on Floyd's first album (superbly original and inventive) and early Sparks (equally original, with falsetto vocals). A guitar band ++ who do new and interesting things with pop music. I hope they go far.

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ELO+Indie Rock+Prog=Heaven

desireeandbrian

This band is just so damn good. Why more people don't know about them is beyond me. The music is so catchy, yet complex enough to keep you listening to the album again and again to see what you may have missed. Brilliant.

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4/4 is so 90s

buquisha

Good goodness. I love this band -- they don't bore me at all. Hooky enough to catch one's attention on the first listen, but tricky enough (no songs in 4/4) to stay interesting for tons of listens thereafter.

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Delicious!

mofsimpleton

This is the best band since Prefab Sprout and XTC left us.

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AMAZING!!!

NarcoticBlur

This album.. and this band... are amazing! I highly recommend them to anyone who likes Futureheads or Maximo Park but also to anyone who likes bands like Guillemots. They are fantastic. I think that crappy review is pretty silly...

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Superb

BuckDiablo

I'm giving this 5 stars to counteract the unfair 1 star a previous reviewer gave. Otherwise I would probably have given it a 4.9, because nothing is perfect. This however, is as close to perfect as pop music gets. Some reviewers have called the album "sappy" or felt the sugar content was otherwise too high. While they certainly walk right up to the line, the sheer virtousity and craftsmanship on display hold it all together and make every song a lovely pop confection.

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Great new band

brooklynIndie

i've seen them live and they sounded excellent. they've been compared to XTC. very good indiepop

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Sappy

Rockn2L8

If you like lead vocals in falsetto with sugary, pop beats, this is the album for you. I on the other hand, hate this type of music. These guys sound like they should be singing for a kids' show. Lyrics try hard to non-offensive and say nthing at all, just a lot of sappy drival.

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Field Music are a trio of northern lads who work a rich seam of melodic and angular guitar with indie pop arrangements on their excellent self-titled debut record. For those who enjoy easy comparisions, here are a few: XTC at their most pop, the Beach Boys fed through a post-punk strainer, the New Pornographers with a dimmer switch. Formed by original Futureheads drummer Peter Brewis (and joined by brother David and Andrew Moore), the group shares some of the herky-jerky, harmony-rich feel of the Futureheads but exhibits a much calmer and more melancholy and diverse approach. The 12 tracks feature loads of vocal harmonies, inventive arrangements (harmonicas, glockenspiels, saxophones, falsettos galore), and soaring choruses the likes of which put them ahead of their old mates and at the forefront of this year’s model of the British Invasion. Indeed, when Field Music are working at their peak, as on the quietly desperate “Got to Get the Nerve,” “Like When You Meet Someone Else,” the cello-sporting pop gem “Shorter Shorter,” and the autumnal “It’s Not the Only Way to Feel Happy,” they display a feel for dynamics and an unfailingly catchy style of songcraft that their counterparts can’t come near. That is enough to make Field Music one of the bands to watch in the mid-2000s, and to make their album one you have to hear if you are dedicated to smart, inventive, and exciting guitar pop. – Tim Sendra

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