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Field Music:: Tones of Town (Album Review)

Everyone who thought they had this Sunderland trio sussed via their 2005 debut will have to think again. Tones Of Town further underlines the Brewis brothers’ sharply intelligent and emotionally engaged songwriting talents, but also reveals them as naturally athletic shapeshifters. The odd string flourish is still in evidence, but Beach Boys-styled chamber pop no longer dominates. Rather, there are off-centre, post-hardcore workouts and plenty of edgy but polished, pop fusion pieces, which suggest The Futureheads transplanted to 70s West Coast America. A truly brilliant manoeuvre, as it happens. (Sharon O’Connell UK)