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Making a New World

Field Music

Making a New World

Seventh studio album from the indie art rock outfit from Sunderland, led by brothers David and Peter Brewis is about the after-effects of World War I

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  1. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    They’ve taken the unsexiest subject matter and made it sing — we wouldn’t expect anything less
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The Brewis brothers’ concept album about the impact of the first world war brings left-field pop to topics ranging from skin grafts to period shame
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  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Clever, illuminating brilliance
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  4. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Making A New World is a wonderfully constructed album. It’s subtly uplifting
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Fifteen years after their first release, Field Music have fashioned an entry point into their oeuvre
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  6. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    It’s safe to say that Making a New World will be a hallmark on Field Music’s repertoire - an retrospective think-piece that is also enthralling to listen to
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Rather than act like temporary caretakers tiptoeing around WWI's vast, eternally resonant themes, Field Music have sensibly moved in and made them their own. Not a memorial, then, so much as a remix of history
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Resonates with hidden meaning and lost connections. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    These enigmatic narratives work well - the themes can be unearthed at one's leisure, immersed in music that's both poignant and delightful. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Making a New World demands a lot of listens, but the rewards are there for those who make the time to truly engage
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Field Music are on a seemingly never-ending run of form, generating fresh ideas at will and delivering them in accomplished fashion
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  12. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Fans of Field Music will be absolutely overjoyed with this set, and of course, fans of '80s art rock will be in their element
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  13. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    It’s a cerebral, voyeur’s delivery, rather than a passionate one, so I’d love to hear Field Music nail a small story of detail and intimacy, instead of punting for such a huge one. But what does any of that matter, when this band is so full of beautiful ideas and warmth and lovely musical curveballs?
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  14. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Even if the band is slightly off the mark, Making a New World is still a thoughtfully crafted album with an unconventional art-rock style
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  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Making a New World tackles some heavy ideas via Field Music's commonly charming, luminous, and multifaceted aesthetic
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  16. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There’s a minimalism to the palette that they’re painting with that almost suggests they’re happy for the ideas to do the talking
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  17. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    They’ve clearly studied the music of their predecessors with the same enthusiasm as WWI textbooks, and never has a history lesson sounded so strangely funky
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  18. 6.4 |   Paste Magazine

    A touch more sentiment would have gone a long way toward taking this album beyond its research project roots
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    There are enough ideas in the tank here
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  20. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Where it stumbles as a concept record, it only sometimes succeeds as an art-rock record. As it turns out, an important idea does not an important album make
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  21. 5.3 |   Pitchfork

    The English art-rock duo’s concept album about history post-World War I isn’t worth taking half as seriously as it takes itself
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  22. 4.0 |   NME

    The brothers Brewis attempt to trace modern malaise back to WWI. The result is scattershot, with good ideas buried by a disjointed concept
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