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Bill Davies (Wiltshire, UK)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Where they burn books, people are next, 12 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Nonsuch (Audio CD)
Hard to imagine now, but at one time, XTC were all over your radio. Now it seems the only place you'll hear them played is on BBC 6 Music.
Possibly not as well known as some of their earlier albums, 'Nonsuch' contains many of Andy Partridge's finest songs. It's all fairly accessible here, where some of the earlier works were subject to a little more self indulgence. It's all pinned down with the crisp drumming of Dave Mattacks.
One of my alltime favourite albums, not least for the magnificent 'Dear Madam Barnum' and incredibly catchy 'Then She Appeared'. This is let down only by one or two slightly clunky songs by Dave Gregory - they would probably site well enough on their own, but they lack the polish and flow of Mr Partridge's efforts.

Field Music (Measure) [VINYL]
Field Music (Measure) [VINYL]

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is just superb!, 12 Mar. 2010
The difficult third album, this is Field Music's masterpiece. I was slow picking up on them, but after hearing so much through Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, I was really worked up about this new album.
The influences are wide and varied, with something of a Todd Rundgren feel to procedings. There are elements of Queen (good Queen, not the Brian May noodly stuff) in songs like the epic 'The Rest is Noise'. Other tracks like 'Them That Do Nothing' have an XTC feel to them, but these comparisons really don't do justice to an album which stands up so well in it's own right.
Put aside your prejudices and pretend you never heard the word 'progressive', this album has the musicianship without the pretension, and some damned fine songs.

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