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5.0 out of 5 stars Chin-stoking has never sounded so human or melodic., 26 Jan 2007
This review is from: Tones Of Town (Audio CD)
Field Music have created a masterpiece. They have pulled off the hardest trick in the book: making intricate and cerebral music sound poppy and accessible. By keeping songs short and packed with unexpected surprises, Tones of Town manages to delight well beyond its modest half-hour length. A provincial OK Computer, it has grand ambitions tempered by homely charm. Opening track Give It Lose It Take It combines a marimba study reminiscent of Steve Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, 1970s power pop and the melodic meanderings of Jaga Jazzist; while managing to sound utterly earth-bound.

Lyrically the album is a rejection of prevailing metropolitan "values". Latest single A House Is Not A Home counters the urban chic mindset by reminding listeners that living on your own will never make a home. While the outstanding Working To Work blasts a personal pet hate: people who ask you what you do, as if your work defined your personality.

The album's been damned by faint praise. I've not seen a bad review, but neither have I seen it praised from the mountain-tops. And I suspect this boils down to the usual class prejudices that simmer in the subtext of British rock journalism. Most rock journalists (and I should know, it's a business I find myself in from time to time) are middle class white boys (like me). From the south of England (unlike me). And they define music by opposition: they love music made either by their polar opposites (working class northerners like Oasis making derivative but jubilant rock) or by people just like themselves (public school southerners like Radiohead making ambitious progressive rock). Field Music don't fit at either end of this spectrum. They're northern, but softly-spken and clearly in possession of a wide musical knowledge. They sit between the anthemic and the experimental. Some people believe the middle-ground is the incubator of mediocrity. It's not. It's the point of perfection. Midway between the ice cold and the scalding hot is the perfect, luxurious, sensual and relaxing bath.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2009 09:53:39 BDT
Great review. But shouldn't that be 'chin STROKING'? Or I have I missed the pun?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2013 21:18:36 BDT
Erm, yes.
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