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Field Music [Measure] [CD]

Field Music Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B002U33GU6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Rest Is Noise
2. Curves of the Needle
3. Choosing Numbers
4. The Wheels Are in Place
5. First Come the Wish
6. Precious Plans
7. See You Later
8. Something Familiar
9. Share the Words
10. It's About Time

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CD Description

Following a self-imposed three year hiatus Sunderland's Field Music return with a new 20 track double album. Powered, as ever, by brothers and co-front men Peter and David Brewis Field Music (Measure) is a gloriously rich LP that entwines the brother's renewed love of the rock music cannon with a rediscovery of some of pop's overlooked adventurers.

From the dissonant funk of 'Let's Write A Book' (a call to arms for the perpetually apologetic), the mutated blues of 'Each Time Is A New Time' (a riposte to misplaced faith in repetition), the chopping and splashing pop of 'Them That Do Nothing' (perhaps about a valiant willingness to make mistakes), the multilayered riffery of 'The Rest Is Noise' or the epic found-sound song cycle that starts with 'See You Later' Field Music (Measure) is the sound of one of the UK's finest bands in supreme and confident control.


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A staggeringly rewarding, ambitious work 17 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've bought a few new albums in the last couple of weeks - Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Hot Chip - all excellent in different ways. Then this arrived 3 days ago. I haven't listened to any of the others since. I just cannot stop playing it, and each time I find a different response to it. I'm a BIG fan of the Brewis brothers and thought that the The Week That Was and School of Language albums were underrated gems. But initially, I wondered if this new Field Music outing was too dense at first, too musically complex and clever - hell, maybe even a bit too PROG. It isn't. It's got amazing songs by the bucketload, wonderful hooks and smart, brilliant songwriting. But it takes a few listens to get under your skin - and then you just keep finding more and more to love in it.

I don't think I've ever heard such an odd range of influences moulded into something that works so well. Of course there's the angular, XTC post punk that's always there in their work, but I can also hear Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Prefab Sprout, Kate Bush, White Album era Beatles, Led Zepellin, Fairport Convention, Josef F/Orange Juice and (whisper it), yes even Peter Gabriel era Genesis too. That's not to suggest that this is a derivative album. It's absolutely its own beast, but it's made from by two guys who have a deep love and understanding of the last 40 years of rock music.

Field Music, alas, will always be an acquired taste, and I suspect this album will no more be their breakout than any other of their catalogue, but make no mistake. This their finest work, made by a band at the peak of their powers. Rarer still, it's a double album that you never feel drags and that earns every minute of its playing time. If anything, the second disc is even stronger than the first.

They've clearly put their heart and soul into this. The least you could do is lend them your ears for an hour or so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a grower, a keeper, a classic of our time 3 Jan 2011
By Nick
Format:Audio CD
It did take a while for all the pennies to fully drop, after repeated plays, frequent dips into, but I'm finally besotted. Far removed from recent years' landfill indie and autotuned pop, this is witty, ambitious, smart, and rewarding. Characterful, quirky music's still alive and rudely healthy, within this gatefold sleeve. Oh, and it rocks, too. I love this band.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 22 Feb 2010
By Chopper
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I rarely bother to review records but felt I had to make an exception in this case. Measure is one of the very few double albums in my collection with no filler material or wasted notes. Many reviewers in the press have mentioned that this is a band that like to wear their influences - Pink Floyd, XTC and even Led Zeppelin - openly but the end result is that they have created a superb, original record that moves effortlessly between genres. This is a very early contender for the album of 2010 and one of the most creative records of the last years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for people who love music 22 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Hailing from the north east, this is a superb album from Field music. Make that double album. Ringing with real intelligence in their song writing, its quite unlike anything their british contemporaries are trying to achieve right now. With nothing drenched in reverb, the whole record has a clear eyed clarity that lets Field Music's undoubted musical prowess shine through. Its a joy, pure and simple
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Field Music Makem & Takem 1 May 2010
By David S
Format:Audio CD
Two CDs of varied, quirky, (mostly) tuneful twists on the history of pop. Beautifully produced and played, this should be the glittering ticket to the Premier League for Field Music
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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A double album. 20-tracks. Unusual time signatures. Strings, adventurous pianos and multilayered guitars. A 70's prog rock album? No. Sunderland brothers, David and Peter Brewis 3rd album in fact. But it is informed by healthy doses of classic Led Zeppelin, 1980s Genesis', and, for infectious melody, Roxy Music. Lights Up reminds me of Airwaves by Thomas Dolby. Which is brilliant. Precious Plans features a lovely guitar arpeggio with a nice little croon over the top, which build nicely to allow a string quartet to pop in at the end. Lovely. Next album should focus on fewer, more completed works and stands to be a masterpiece.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait... 17 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
It's been three long years since the last Field Music Lp 'Tones of Town' (one of my favourite Lps of all time), although the two 'solo' albums in between did go some way to filling the gap, and now it's finally arrived. Twenty songs showcasing the Brewis brothers' superb songcraft and musicianship.
Not as immediate as 'Tones', you will need to spend time with this Lp and with each listen something new will be revealed. Only three days in, and I'm still getting to grips with its many delights. The boys fit more ideas into one song than in Oasis' entire back catalogue, but not in a over-clever prog way. Each song is kept concise and each note is there for a reason.
Do yourself a favour and welcome them back with a big hug.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different 30 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For me but interesting and it is making me go back and listen more and more.A more modern sound than i i am used to but yes i am getting into it.At this price you can experiment .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars lacklustre
Dull.

That sums it up for me I'm afraid. I bought it a couple of years ago on a wave of optimism and hype, played it twice and recently dug it out for another play. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by R.Supwards
5.0 out of 5 stars So Measured
Field Music have reached another level with this majestic double cd. If you've heard their earlier works then a lot of the same elements are still there: the vocal harmonies, the... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Stalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I 'nearly' bought this album for a long time. I heard them play a live session on Marc Riley's 6music show and that finally swung it. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by A. Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Scared of a melody?
I sort of agree with many of the reviews here - though the one clear influence not mentioned is 10cc. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Marchespie
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame Pants!
If i wanted to have some old prog rock, Supertrampy thing i wouldn't have let my brother take all his records to a jumble sale in the early eighties. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by Mr. Nhj Barnes
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Poor
Yeah have to say I bought this on the review of a lot of critics writing in various media outlets but very disappointed by the album,I felt it was a mixture of Steely Dan,XTC and... Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by F. Connolly
3.0 out of 5 stars There's one brilliant album here, not two...
The title really sums up this review: Field Music should have been much more determined with the scalpel, with which they could have formed a classic album. Read more
Published on 8 April 2010 by Simon Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds worryingly like Supertramp
Oddly presented over two discs when the music (less than 72 minutes) would fit on one I couldn't help feeling this would have gone down really well some time in the late seventies... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Ben Basing
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