12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
As a massive fan of Brewis' parent band Field Music, i was looking forward to seeing what younger sibling David's first 'solo' album was like. Would it have the melodic twists and turns of FM? Would it have that fantastic habit of ensnaring on first listen whilst revealing more and more layers with each listen?
The answer is yes. Whilst not as easy on first listen (there is so much going on here) these songs have a habit of getting under your skin and staying there.
Highlights - Poor Boy, with its shimmying bass line and metalic guitar parts and Rockist Part 4 with its glorious end section.
Basically if you're fan of Field Music (and if not, why not?) you… Read more
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Peter Brewis, David Brewis and Andrew Moore have not only managed to avoid 'Difficult Second Album Syndrome' so much as stick two fingers up at it and run away laughing, throwing our way instead something that sounds wonderfully accomplished and deliciously familiar. At times they're drawing from the past glories of great British bands such as The Kinks and The Small Faces, at times they're as clever as The Beatles. Despite the West Coast US harmonies it's drenched in, Tones of Town is the same kind of very English, very knowing pop-cleverness XTC could achieve on a good day, mixing late '60s soundscapes with witty lyrics and angular '80s guitars.
Second track Sit Tight has a… Read more