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|1. If Only The Moon Were Up|
|2. Tell Me Keep Me|
|4. Luck Is A Fine Thing|
|5. Shorter Shorter|
|6. Itís Not The Only Way To Feel Happy|
|8. Like When You Meet Someone Else|
|9. You Can Decide|
|10. Got To Get the Nerve|
|11. Got To Write A Letter|
|12. Youíre So Pretty|
Imagine the Gang Of Four trapped in an elevator with The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney's Wings, Prefab Sprout and Wire. Then extrapolate.
But beware, this isn't an album that you're going to fall in love with on first play. It's ambitious, jagged and sometimes disconcertingly complicated. Instead you'll have to live with it for a bit, keep listening and then you'll find out why everyone who's anyone is raving about this being one of the albums of 2005. It's beautiful, brilliant and blisteringly inspired.
But - hey! - don't take my word for it. Take a chance, buy it and I guarantee that within a dozen plays, you'll believe that Sunderland has suddenly become the centre of the musical universe.
If you were as unforgivably stupid as I was however, you'll miss out on one of the very few genuinely interesting bands left in this country. Field music are effortlessly charming, sensitive and intellegent if not always coherent.
The only real problem I have with the album is they suffer from the same lyrical vagueness that plagues most North Eastern bands like The Futureheads and Maximo Park, verses often bumble along in a clumsy manner with no real direction, as far as words go that is. It's just a slight shame when everything else is so good and to be fair its nice not to hear songs about going out on Friday night and drinking and having a fight or something.
Musically they know exactly where they're going. Field music thankfully ignore all the John Lennon influences so beloved by Britpop and instead take more from John's much maligned, animal loving, thumb's upping writing partner. No not Yoko. All the parts of the Beatles that everyone ignored 'cause they weren't cool are revived with twinges of the aforementioned Futureheads and a general post punkiness.
The use of strings is really impressive since they manage to avoid sounding 'epic' or 'like embrace'... ie pathetic and emasculated. Stand out tracks include 17, Pieces and the final track 'You're so Pretty' which is frankly amazing...