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Field Music - A Curates Egg
on 17 February 2010
An intriguing album by Field Music comprising the brothers from Sunderland, Peter and David Brewis who finally return after a long break completing a range of side projects. Its largely a welcome return. Yet sorry to slightly rain on the parade but I have to ask a question which I suspect may be troubling other reviewers. In short is there is a better single album in here trying to get out? "Measure" is intelligent, clever, sometimes a bit prog and underpinned by excellent production. Its influences are impeccable, a bit of Beatles here, some Kinks there, throw in a dash of Supertramp, Arcade Fire and host of others
But when it comes to music for every great song like "Measure" there is a frankly average one like "In the mirror", ditto the wonderful "Precious Plans" juxtaposed with the terribly bland "Clear water".
To be fair to the Brewis Brothers its a real attempt at subverting the `quantity over quality' problem that you get with most double albums and its much better than the output of many other bands. Similarly they should be applauded for the sheer ambition here since as they say "Them who do nothing make no mistakes". Humble pie will also be fully digested and consumed if this turns out to be a real grower since its early days and it probably needs a some "deep listens". But for now this is an album which it is much easier to admire than love.