Open Here

Field Music - Open Here
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #231 / 719
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2018 Ratings: #616
February 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Memphis Industries / Label
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Drowned in Sound

Their adventurous spirit is in such clear abundance on Open Here, that you could almost forget that this is a band with a stronger grasp of the basics than most.


It's rare for a band so far into its career to make an album that can still surprise listeners as the group gleefully makes its way from beginning to end. Field Music are masters of that neat trick, and Open Here is no exception. It stands with their best work -- some songs would no doubt end up on a greatest-hits collection -- and in that regard is some of the best pop music anyone could hope to hear in 2018 or any time after.

“Open Here” is the latest in a long line of great albums. If “Plumb” was their breakthrough album and “Commontime” was their “pop” record then this one sees the band take a turn into denser, more cinematic music.
The Line of Best Fit

It is characteristic of the Brewis’ distinct methods that Open Here can feel so cumulative yet still reinventive.


Field Music have created a truly immersive record with Open Here, one that is welcoming, conversational and oh-so-necessary for a world experiencing daily fear and paranoia.

The Skinny
Sometimes the message is a little on-the-nose (No King No Princess), but when the music is this bubbly and fun it's hard not to be won over (Count it Up, Share a Pillow).
'Open Here' is a defiant and impassioned statement in which Field Music prove they have mastered the art of addressing the political and the personal simultaneously. It’s fun, it’s loud, it’s dense.
The Guardian
Everything comes bundled up in sumptuous production, with terrific tunes, and there’s never long to wait for a killer hook.
No Ripcord

With Open Here, Field Music sound like they’re not only investing in their stability but in their future as well.


Painstakingly crafted, cerebral pop.

Under The Radar

On Open Here, the brothers only continue to push outwards as they reckon with both their personal experiences of fatherhood and the state of society in their funk-led tunes.


Open Here is too nuanced and complex to be called a kids’ record, but coming from a band whose work has often been clouded by emotional and lyrical ambiguity, it’s remarkably straight-ahead. This album bears the earnest directness of artists whose sense of the world has been nudged into focus in a new way.

Loud and Quiet
Although every now and then the record takes an aimless turn ... there is enough joy and beauty here to chalk this album up as another success for the forever understated Brewis brothers.
The Independent
At its best, it’s like the oddball offspring of Prince and The Left Banke, its elliptical melodies wreathed in strings and woodwind; but as ever, they sometimes can’t resist adding one more waffer-thin-mint to an already overstuffed musical pudding.
When they strip things back and leave space for each element to breathe – as on the purely orchestral title track – ‘Open Here’ can be a joy, a deeply astute pop album that’s also often brimming with fun. While pushing their boundaries as far as they can go though, it sometimes makes for a record that can feel frustratingly cluttered.

Art-pop fans only need apply. If you can’t handle the odd bout of free-form jazz flute, drum circle folk balladry, cranky pub piano or songs that sound as though they’re being made up on the fly by a band responding to mood cards being held up in the studio ... then ‘Open Here’ will prove a challenge.

Some marvellous instrumentation you have given us, Field Music.

First Impressions:
Time In Joy 94
Count It Up 88
Front Of House 90
Share A Pillow 96
Open Here 93
Goodbye To The Country 95
Checking On A Message 96
No King No Princess 87
Cameraman 94
Daylight Saving 93
Find A Way To Keep Me 97

Top 5:

5. Time In Joy
4. Goodbye To The Country
3. Checking On A Message
2. Share A Pilow
1. Find A Way To Keep Me
Worth a listen
Field Music go in two directions on this album and I have no patience for the likes of 'Count It Up' and 'Goodbye to the Country' being shoehorned into the otherwise beautiful arrangements of their ad hoc orchestra. It's a red flag when I enjoy the BBC Radio 6 live version of 'No King No Princess' more than the studio version (along the same lines as McCartney's 'Coming Up'). Still a fantastic album, but lacking the cohesiveness of Plumb or the hit/sleeper ratio of Commontime.
Tremendously heavy-handed in its lyrics and less than impressive in terms of production. Disappointing.
Favourite track: Time In Joy
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Track List

  1. Time in Joy
  2. Count It Up
  3. Front of House
  4. Share a Pillow
  5. Open Here
  6. Goodbye to the Country
  7. Checking on a Message
  8. No King No Princess
  9. Cameraman
  10. Daylight Saving
  11. Find a Way to Keep Me
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