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Plumb

Field Music

Plumb

The Brewis brothers from Sunderland return with their fourth full-length album of alternative pop

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Memphis Industries
UK Release date
13/02/2012
US Release date
21/02/2012
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Plumb is polite and smart, arranging its unceasing collection of hooks like books on a shelf
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    It's perhaps the finest distillation to date of the various elements that comprise the group's distinctive sound
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A good bet for the end of year polls already, and it’s making me wish I’d started listening to the Brewis brothers a bit earlier
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  4. 9.0 |   The Fly

    Forget hidden depths, ‘Plumb’ exposes every inch of the Brewises’ brilliance
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    An exhilarating and ambitious collection, it should bring Field Music a deservedly larger audience at last
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Terrific songs worthy of celebration
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Their end product is one of the freshest and most exciting guitar records since... well, since Field Music (Measure)
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A deliciously tasting-menu of rock history. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    More homespun brilliance from Sunderland's pop perfectionists. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The 405

    Brimming with ideas and never losing that sense of wonderment, Field Music have created an album of warm and inventive songs, always anchored by the idea of 'pop'. It makes for a spellbinding listen
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    A large percentage of the songs are under three minutes, but feel like pocket symphonies
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  12. 8.0 |   Prefix

    One of the top-shelf albums of 2012 so far because of Field Music's openness to continually tinker with pop music's DN
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  13. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    A record for both the heart and head
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    They're fast becoming the cherished eccentrics of British guitar music. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   State

    There’s rumblings of early Genesis or Pink Floyd that hoot down Plumb’s corridors — but all is angled by a punk-anguished, abstract expressionist perspective
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  16. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A celebration of what a guitar band with imagination, individualism and some damned funky jams can really achi
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  17. 8.0 |   DIY

    Sprightly, desperately alive and joyously nostalgic, 'Plumb' sees Field Music waving an exultant goodbye to the shipwrecked post-punk revival they’d always been wary of and sailing into classic art-pop waters
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  18. 7.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Quite simply, Plumb is how pop music should sound
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  19. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It will divide people. But those who choose the side of Field Music, who explore all that this record has to offer, will ultimately find something worth looking for
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  20. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    A record of sweetly melodic miniatures that coalesce into form only long enough to tumble into the next meticulously designed song suite
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  21. 7.0 |   AU Review

    A joyous, and frustrating, proposition
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  22. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A rat maze of persnickety, unpredictable pop that’s more akin to the first few full-lengths
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  23. 7.0 |   Blurt

    Plumb is both rapturous and jumpy
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  24. 7.0 |   BBC

    "The asymmetric pop, the slinky sing-alongs, the noirish noises..." All are present and correct
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  25. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    This record swings from the dramatically string-laden Ce Soir, to the nervous, beat-tripping and staccato guitar verse of Choosing Side
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  26. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    A richly textured and many-layered display of musical wizardry
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  27. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    High-pitched vocals over a flurry of time changes make Plumb a fidgety kind of record
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  28. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    One minute it's like listening to early Genesis, the next Smile-era Beach Boys, the next XTC and the next, um, 1980s Genesis
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  29. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Field Music remain more impressive than lovable
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  30. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    If you hear Plumb as one long disjointed work rather than as a collection of standalone statements, it’s got points in its favor
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  31. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    The sonic invention here is often enough to bring an involuntary smile to the face
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  32. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    The offhand English eccentricity is rather beguiling but rarely compelling
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  33. 5.0 |   Paste Magazine

    For all the stirring, resource-mulching features that the record boasts, its marquee moments are surprisingly unmemorable
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  34. 4.0 |   No Ripcord

    Plumb feels unsure of how ambitious it wants to be, but instead of landing in the middle of the road, the lack of focus and uncertainty create an incoherent mess
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  35. 4.0 |   The Independent

    They don't seem to know how to develop these ideas without crowding them with others
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