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Field Music (Measure)

Field MusicAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Mirror
2. Them That Do Nothing
3. Each Time Is a New Time
4. Measure
5. Effortlessly
6. Clear Water
7. Lights Up
8. All You'd Ever Need to Say
9. Let's Write a Book
10. You and I
11. The Rest Is Noise
12. Curves of the Needle
13. Choosing Numbers
14. The Wheels Are in Place
15. First Come the Wish
16. Precious Plans
17. See You Later
18. Something Familiar
19. Share the Words
20. It's About Time

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..a highly ambitious double album without sag or filler full of inspired decisions. 4 out of 5 stars --MOJO magazine

Product Description

2010 release from the critically acclaimed British band. Following a self-imposed three-year hiatus, Field Music returns with a new 20-track double-album of artful English pop. Powered by brothers and co-frontmen Peter and David Brewis, Field Music's line-up now includes Kev Dosdale (guitar and keys) and Ian Black (bass). Field Music (Measure) is a gloriously rich album that entwines the brothers' renewed love of the Rock music canon with a rediscovery of some of Pop's overlooked adventurers.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The last time we heard from Field Music was on 2007's phenomenal Tones of Town, an album that turned out to be one of the decades best - a sleeper-hit if there ever was one. If one could even find a flaw in that album, it would most likely be its brevity; clocking in at barely 30 minutes. Well it looks like the Brewis brothers are trying to make up for lost time because their latest release, Measure, is...a double album! If you're like me, the very term makes you uneasy, what with all the memories of bands who have been unable to hold a normal person's interest over the course of two whole CDs. Field Music, an unlikely candidate for such an endeavor, actually does a pretty decent job. While Measure may not be as instantly classic as its predecessor, it does have a wealth of music on it - both in length and depth!

On the band's previous albums, emphasis was placed heavily on piano-led compositions with expertly-crafted string compositions. The guitar, an instrument at the forefront of any modern band, was assigned to accompaniment duties, rarely getting a chance to lead a song's instrumentation. However, Measure is a very guitar-centric album, and it has more of a rock feel as a result. One could logically assume that this is due to the departure of keyboardist, Andrew Moore, but Measure is all the more interesting for it. David and Peter have the opportunity to shine in places where they had yet to fully display the depths of their talent (at least with Field Music). All that to say this: don't be too caught off guard when the album's opener features minimal, distant keys and heavy guitars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Field Music - Field Music (Measure) 7/10 March 3, 2010
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A song like the supremely bouncy "Effortlessly" or the jagged rock of "All You'd Ever Need To Say" might fool listeners into thinking that Field Music have merely refined their power-pop aesthetic from 2007's Tones of Town, but cherry picking a few tunes here and there from what is undoubtedly an intimidating album would be doing the band a disservice. Despite its eminently poppy nature and the accessible way the brothers Brewis continually harmonize, Measure is the kind of album that requires multiple listens to fully appreciate, a record that mixes David and Peter's disparate natures into something that might be called prog-pop. It's there in the dangerous opening lick of "In The Mirror," where a threatening guitar riff raises the tension only to be deflated by the intensely jovial, intensely British pastoral jaunt of "Them That Do Nothing." It's an odd juxtaposition and one that immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album, a theme that can be succinctly summed up with one cliché: expect the unexpected.

Sure, there's your typical XTC homage in the jittery "Each Time Is A New Time," your odd hint of David Bowie in the title track, and the brothers do a damn fine John and Paul impression on their flawless harmonies, but Field Music slowly and surely develops into its own beast as the first disc melts into the second. The little things you may have passed over in your first cursory listen to things start to pop out. The sharp angles and meticulously designed jabs and fuzzy riffs of the brother's preferred mode of expression, the guitar, begin to take on a life of their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album November 26, 2010
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Very solid follow-up effort for Field Music. The tempo of the album in general allows it to fit a lot of moods, and there's just something about Field Music that causes them to resist comparison.

As far as describing the songs, I think the best thing with any album would be to preview listen to it on here before buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This sounds familiar but is definitely unique... June 30, 2010
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This tasty slice of artful English pop sounds like XTC crossed with Badfinger, with a sprinkle of Bowie and Roxy Music. Toss in some George Martin-esque string arrangements and there you have it. It is intricate but totally accessable - unique and beautiful. It is a fantastic album and my choice for album of the year so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Rock In A Pop Format May 2, 2010
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Field Music's Measure album is an astounding achievement for two young songwriters. The Brewis brothers are compelling song writers and arrangers who work in a short pop song format; but they bring polyrythms, melodic development, and sophisticated harmonies to their 3-4 minutes gems. Their lyrics also show a wisdom too,far beyond their years.
They use many of the same compositional skills that can be heard in "progressive rock" bands. But they keep their melodies more accessible and their thematic development concise by working in the short pop song frame work. The fact that both brothers alternate between playing lead guitar and singing and playing drums may explain why their songs have so much rhythmic drive as well as variety.

If you had to pick a comparison of who they may sound like you could say Beatles melody, Beach Boy harmony and Gentle Giant rhythmic development.

Their music is also very well recorded and is a sonic delight with a great variety of timbres. And if you like headphone listening this is a particularly delightful album to listen to on headphones.

They deserve wide spread recognition and I hope they continue to write and evolve their work with the strong degree of musicality that they have brought to such fruition on "Measure".
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