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  • Audio CD (1 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B000ECXBTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The debut album of Field Music (formed by original Futureheads drummer Peter Brewis, along with his brother David and Andrew Moore) was a charmingly eclectic affair, a mix of stylized vocal harmonies, imaginative instrumentation and a beguiling prettiness unmatched by most current post-indie-pop troubadours. Write Your Own History is not a sequel as much as a retrospective trajectory of their slightly dotty guitar pop. Collecting together b sides and unreleased tracks that often have more in common with Field Music’s previous bands Electronic Eye Music and the New Tellers, we get a general idea of how their offbeat sound developed. Songs such as ‘Breakfast Song’, ‘Feeding The Birds’ and ‘Trying To Sit Out’ are all older songs recorded by Peter (his first attempts at arranging for a string trio); ‘I’m Tired’ and ‘Test Your Reaction’ are reworkings of songs previously released on EPs and mini-albums. Some songs - ‘Alternating Current’ for example – even predate the New Tellers, but were re-recorded and released under the Field Music name at a later date. Whatever, almost all the songs here are great examples of Field Music’s inventive songwriting; and for those of us that love a good, quirky tune, that can only be a good thing.--Paul Sullivan

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Between the release of Field Music's wonderful first and second albums, they sated the public with an EP of B-sides and earlier work. Yeah, it sounds like a potential disappointment. But instead, Field Music's "in between" collection is a delightful, sunny collection of solid pop songs.

It opens with the cheerful hums of a bunch of men, sounding a little like they're singing a medieval hymn without opening their mouths. Then the powerful drums kick in, spurring on a Beatlesy little tune, with suitably solid lyrics: "Can you function completely/Are you sure you're not hiding something?/Without it can you function/Or it is distract from your vision?"

The songs that follow it up are a colourful mishmash of styles -- Flaming-Lipsesque psychedelic pop, some ringingly catchy guitar melodies, little electro-edged ballads played on acoustic guitar, crazy schizophrenic pop, and soaring retro melodies with killer harmonies. They sound like lost Beatles tunes.

You can tell from these songs that Field Music tried out all sorts of music before settling on their current sound -- in this EP, they diddle around with various styles and sounds, and only a couple songs sound like their debut album did. But in all the songs, there's a sunny, slightly oddballish sound.

And the instrumentation is a bit unusual here -- the completely insane "Feeding The Birds" is a clash of styles, clashing guitars and savage violin, before evening out into a ballad. Nuts. But in most other songs, Field Music sticks to the instrumentation they know best -- ringing guitars brushing up against sweeping strings, along with some solid drums that set a catchy beat.

I'm not sure which Brewer brother does most of the vocals, or if they alternate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Write it down! 7 April 2007
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Between the release of Field Music's wonderful first and second albums, they sated the public with an EP of B-sides and earlier work. Yeah, it sounds like a potential disappointment. But instead, Field Music's "in between" collection is a delightful, sunny collection of solid pop songs.

It opens with the cheerful hums of a bunch of men, sounding a little like they're singing a medieval hymn without opening their mouths. Then the powerful drums kick in, spurring on a Beatlesy little tune, with suitably solid lyrics: "Can you function completely/Are you sure you're not hiding something?/Without it can you function/Or it is distract from your vision?"

The songs that follow it up are a colourful mishmash of styles -- Flaming-Lipsesque psychedelic pop, some ringingly catchy guitar melodies, little electro-edged ballads played on acoustic guitar, crazy schizophrenic pop, and soaring retro melodies with killer harmonies. They sound like lost Beatles tunes.

You can tell from these songs that Field Music tried out all sorts of music before settling on their current sound -- in this EP, they diddle around with various styles and sounds, and only a couple songs sound like their debut album did. But in all the songs, there's a sunny, slightly oddballish sound.

And the instrumentation is a bit unusual here -- the completely insane "Feeding The Birds" is a clash of styles, clashing guitars and savage violin, before evening out into a ballad. Nuts. But in most other songs, Field Music sticks to the instrumentation they know best -- ringing guitars brushing up against sweeping strings, along with some solid drums that set a catchy beat.

I'm not sure which Brewer brother does most of the vocals, or if they alternate. But whoever does most of the vocals, he does it well -- smooth, soulful vocals, sometimes with sweet harmonies. And they tend to sing songs that are pretty upbeat, but with the occasional moment of sadness. "Well I'm sad/I should laugh at myself/So i'm not sad for long..."

"Write Your Own History" was intended to keep the fans happy while Field Music created their second album "Tones of Town," but it has some lovely pop tunes in its own right.
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