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Field Of Reeds

These New Puritans

Field Of Reeds

The English art rock band's 3rd album, following-up their widely-acclaimed 2010 release Hidden

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  1. 10.0 |   Art Rocker

    With this seemingly secretive music a fabulous record has been made
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  2. 9.0 |   Bowlegs

    No longer skimming along the surface of things, to listen to this makes me feel like I’m diving the depths of my imagination again
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    These songs elicit our full attention, they shut out emails and alarms and reminders and straight-up hijack your emotional amphitheatre
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  4. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    The music on Field Of Reeds is certainly not easily accessible but, at its heart, this is a supremely evocative album
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  5. 9.0 |   All Music

    The most challenging title in their catalog and also the most groundbreaking
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  6. 9.0 |   Fact

    There’s one adjective that fits Field of Reeds more than any other, and that is ‘beautiful’. It’s really, really beautiful
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  7. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A rich, complex album that, similarly, rewards both the grand overview and close attention, and offers up fresh details, insights and emotions with each listen
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  8. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    The spareness and sense of space on Field of Reeds is remarkable, the kind that'll make you glance over your shoulder as beguiling mercury-slicked glows slip into an overwhelming, sometimes vicious sense of anxiety
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Its lofty ambitions and experiments are tempered by a melodiousness that transcends any accusations of it being a purely academic exercise
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A startlingly listenable proposition. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Field of Reeds’ is These New Puritans’ least commercial record to date, taking ‘Hiddens’’s boisterous fascination with DIY orchestrations to a place more serene yet ominous
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  12. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's that rare thing: an album that will reward repeated listening by drip-feeding you its secrets
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Every note is recorded with such painstaking attention to resonance that even the musicians' breathing feels integral
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  14. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The odd concoction of sounds and shapes takes some absorption and occasionally drifts into self-indulgence. But when it works, These New Puritans seem like a truly exciting band
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  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    Imagination runs riot and gets away with every daring feat, each one more foolish than the previous
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  16. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    While it isn’t pretty, cute, comfortable or enlightening music, Field of Reeds is important, resonant, serious and very very clever
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  17. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Further evidence that they're out there on their own
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Beautifully muted yet murkily enticing. Print edition only

  19. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s a record smart enough to know the limitations its setup presents, and instead fiddles with permutations and combinations to achieve these ends
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  20. 7.5 |   The 405

    It's certainly flawed, but it's completely arresting where it does succeed ; it's comfortably the most fascinating release of the year so far
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  21. 7.0 |   Clash

    For TNP converts this will no doubt be regarded as a masterpiece. But for the casual listener, it’s simply another solid 21st century ambient record
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  22. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Listening to Field of Reeds sometimes feels like taking a test and forgetting everything you thought you studied for
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  23. 6.0 |   Time Out

    Just occasionally things feel a little too austere and one-paced – what feels delightfully complex and ambitious to some might seem a little forbidding to others
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  24. 6.0 |   NME

    Lauding Field Of Reeds for its scale, scope and ambition is a doozy. Loving it like you loved Hidden though? Not so easy
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  25. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Poised on the cusp of indie and classical, there is a laborious, tortuous formality about songs
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  26. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Another challenging but ultimately rewarding listen
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