Commontime is Field Music’s fifth studio album, they’ve also released a couple of “compilations” and a soundtrack allbum. They are often said to have a heavy “prog rock” influence, and that is definitely here both melodically and rhythmically, but the sphere of influences which make it into their music seems very broad. I heard Brian Eno, Television, and Japan at various times, not in a retro way – it sounds contemporary. And if you can embrace the quirkiness it all hangs together well. There are some really great songs on here, catchy and inventive. I particularly like the two opening tracks, “The Noisy Days are Over” and “Disappointed”.

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