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Plumb [CD]

Field Music Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B0060O7WLA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. From Hide And Seek To Heartache 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

A new Field Music album is always a delicious proposition – and this, the band's fourth, offers much to sate the appetite. Off-kilter song structures, a rhythm section reminiscent of the kitchen drawer being emptied at the top of the stairs, and frequent homage paid to the protagonists of new wave all characterise the approach of Sunderland brothers Peter and David Brewis throughout Plumb.

The pair recently joked that the band had become more multicultural – Peter's moved up to Newcastle and their new bassist, Andrew Lowther, has a season ticket at St James' Park. But Field Music's endearingly weird Wearside aesthetic remains in place. Plumb ploughs furrows that the band and its listeners have explored together before. As Loyd Grossman might intone: "The asymmetric pop, the slinky sing-alongs, the noirish noises..." All are present and correct.

If anything the brothers have upped the wonk factor on Plumb: the home-made beats and undersea bubbling on Choosing Sides present a real challenge to your ears. It’s a particularly good example of the fare this lot trade in, its tempo and character shifting like the sands. In comparison, some of the straighter songs can seem a little underwhelming – for example, A Prelude to Pilgrim Street is a decidedly flat glam blowout. But such lacklustre moments are few.

Unusually, Plumb’s final song sounds like it should be its first. First single (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing is a rousing, pleasing stomp, comprising this album's answer to previous 'hits' such as Effortlessly and In Context. Although there aren't more efforts like this, there is a thread of romantic disappointment which neatly and appealingly runs through the record. On the wonderfully English-sounding Sorry Again, Mate – the song title alone will have Anglophile Americans reaching for Skype to contact someone (anyone) they know across the Pond for some soothing British diction – there are lovely licks of sadness and solitude. "Can I afford another day on my own / Sat in the kitchen with the radio on?" the band asks, forlornly.

This suburban, provincial sweetness – a tasty concoction far removed from the fashion-focussed silliness of London in both geography and intent – is eminently loveable. Not that the Mackem minstrels can't go glitzy. Listen to A New Town. It sounds like a Justin Timberlake track. That alone is a boggling but brilliant statement of intent, wouldn't you say?

--Chris Beanland

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the earworms do their work... 19 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Cards on the table, I'm a massive Field Music fan and was looking forward to this LP immensely. I don't think I'd have given it 5 stars after the first listen - it's so overwhelmingly complex that only a few songs stood out. It was only after the third listen (not so difficult as it's a bite sized album) that it all began to make sense and now I'm completely hooked. It's like, forget trying to learn to play Field Music songs, they're such musical innovators you need to learn how to listen to them! There's just no-one else out there doing what these boys are doing at the moment. Brilliant album. Think I saw another review compare it to 2nd side of Abbey Road and it does have the same relentless restless quality, one catchy pop hook after another dispensed with almost careless abandon.

I know you shouldn't really feed the trolls but it's odd that both the 1 star reviews happen mention the Mercury Prize. Feels almost like an ill-concieved smear campaign by some other band's junior PR knob end...because I'm sure the Mercury judging panel pay very close attention to the Amazon customer reviews when they make their selections. To be honest I had no idea that Field Music were in contention and much as I'd love them to get a bit more exposure, one gets the feeling that the Brewis Bros would probably be a bit uncomfortable with the whole thing, especially as they've said they're thinking of going on to some more solo projects after this. And as for the fact they both mention 'repetitive' (!) - this album is anything but. The songs so avowedly avoid the traditional verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure that it's a bit like the first time you listen to Love's 'Forever Changes'; hard to get your head around at first but ultimately richly rewarding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am thoroughly enjoying this latest recording from Indy band Field Music. With harmonisations that bear comparison with the Beatles (several of the songs here make me think of Revolver era tracks from the Fab 4), and a series of quirky and inventive backings that bounce and trip along in an easy going manner that belie their complexity this is an album that bears repeated listening. Lyrically a little downbeat with tales of heartbreak and loss, but done in such a charming and stylish fashion, and with a dry sense of humour that you feel uplifted at the end. Definitley a rather individualist album, thre aren't many people oput there making music like this at the moment. It has a somewhat English feel and sensibility to it, which for me just adds to the pleasure.

A very good listen, one that I would recommend to fans of recent Herman Dune offerings and the like. 5 stars, I am loving it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Great Vinyl 24 Feb 2012
By B. Jury
Very impressed with this album. If you're here then you already know how good the music is, with all the different flavours going on.

The vinyl itself is very impressive. Its a 180g so feels just perfect, not gate-fold, but the sleeve is not the normal run of the mill white bit of paper affair, but is printed in colour with the lyrics.

The audio is fantastic, testament to that are the words on the sleeve "In order to preserve sonic fidelity, this record has been mastered using significantly less compression and limiting than most contemporary records. For maximum please, please turn your stereo system UP!" If only more companies followed suit.

Oh, and did I mention the Vinyl was PURPLE?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A different idea of what better can be'. 21 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Heard 'New Town' on 6 and tried it out. It's REALLY good. Kind of like a contemporary Gentle Giant but with far nicer clothes. Always a good sign when I play it too much in the car and keep neglecting to play other new CDs. The couple of duller tracks, 'Pilgrim St' and 'From hide and seek' are, of course, the less adventurous. Other than that, nothing hangs around for long, which makes for a sparkly and extremely melodic roller coaster ride. 1% guilty pleasure, 99% top stuff. Should be interesting to see what they're live, later in the year. Fascinating to see the 'this is dull stuff' comments - go on - mention what DOES float your boats then!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Bought this on a whim and haven't stopped listening to it, excellent album and will seek out their past work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutant children of XTC 22 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the 4th album by the Brewis brothers, Peter & David , who are based in the North East of England. It has garnered widespread good critical reviews, and crams 15 tracks into just 36 minutes. The overiding comparison for me is with XTC, with intelligent articulate songs with distinctive frequent time changes, sometimes dense production, spikey angular guitar moments interspersed with melodic vocals and some classy arrangements with violins and cello. There is lots to take in, and even after half a dozen listens, new aspects reveal themselves in this fascinating complex smorgasbord. A couple of times 3 or 4 tracks run into each other, and initially you are not clear whether this is still the same track taking a different twist, or a new song. There are a few sound effects, like chiming clock tower bells at the opening of A Prelude to Pilgrim Steet. Choosing Sides starts off with a deep synthesiser refrain that reminds me bizzarely of the alien tune from film Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind. The snippet of track 12, How Many More Times , is just beautiful acapella vocals. Sometimes they seem a bit too clever for their own good, which perhaps alienates the casual listener, and where they keep it simpler , it maybe better. An intriguing collection that repays repeated listening, where the complex arrangements become more familiar. You are drawn into stories behind some of the songs, like being late on frustrating jouneys on Sorry Again Mate; economic pressures of day to day life on Who'll Pay the Bills; and trying to understand complex theories (I keep Thinking About) a New Thing. So wideranging subject matter, standing out as distinct and different from most of the standard pop fodder, but keeping things a bit more staightforward might be even better in the future to appeal to a wider audience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but very sweet
The Brewis brothers make perfect, poppy intelligent albums. No flab, no filler. Just concise, meticulously crafted songs which are a joy to listen to- the production and flow of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D C Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mackem Marvelos
Came earlier than expected, put a right smile on my face, particularly as I was having a bad week, I listen to this over and over again
Published 11 months ago by Mizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful modern music
A friend of mine turned me on to this band, the Brewis Brothers are the modern equivelent of some 60s and 70s bands like the Kinks, the Who, ELO, the Jam, the spark and crackle... Read more
Published 14 months ago by bluesmaddave
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, but not mind-blowing
I took a punt on this. I saw about 1min of the band playing live and though I'd check out this offering. It's pretty good and I'd say that it's very ambitious. Read more
Published 18 months ago by O
4.0 out of 5 stars One in a long history
Turns out what I thought was a new band have in fact been around for a long time. Worth buying for "I keep thinking about a new thing" alone! Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2012 by grovesey
5.0 out of 5 stars Why have I not heard of this duo before?
I was idly looking through the Mercury prize nominees and listening to samples of the various acts. A strand lead me to FIELD MUSIC and a week later I am the very excited owner of... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2012 by Mrs. G. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars My Hopes Are Fulfilled
Having read the rare negative reviews of this album I still feel I have to bump the ratings up a bit. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2012 by bish
3.0 out of 5 stars Field Music - Plumb
The Sunderland brothers, Peter and David Brewis return with a mix up to their line-up and their fourth studio album. Read more
Published on 11 April 2012 by Serena Doherty
3.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance will be rewarded
This album wont slip into the consciousness as easily as 'Measure', it requires multiple plays and your perseverance will be rewarded. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by P. Taplin
3.0 out of 5 stars Back to early 70s
Heard good reviews about this album , ,it was like stepping back into time ,to late 60s early 1970s
its a mixture of The Move early Electric Light Orchestra , and Yes , the... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by Mr. Clive Winter
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