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  • Summary: The effects of World War I is the theme for the 19-song cycle that originated as a project for the Imperial War Museum from the British rock band.
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  1. Jan 13, 2020
    80
    Despite these occasional moments of divergence and experimentation, fans will be pleased to hear that the album is still peppered with quintessential Field Music bangers.
  2. Jan 10, 2020
    80
    Songs segue into each other as war is considered from unusual angles.
  3. Jan 10, 2020
    80
    Everything that grooves here (over half the album, which clocks in at 19 tracks) is great and makes you want to see the band live. The rub? Making a New World is a song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War.
  4. Jan 9, 2020
    70
    In other words, cramming so many short observations into roughly two-thirds of an hour does a disservice to their potential. On the other hand, that quick pace gives the album a level of intrigue, momentum, and unity it wouldn't have otherwise. In any case, it's a wonderfully appealing, daring, and intellectual accomplishment that should please anyone looking for notably challenging and smart pop/rock.
  5. Jan 10, 2020
    70
    An ambitious concept album about the aftermath of World War I. Even if you don’t feel the need to follow along with their historical lyrics, these 19 short songs are an entertaining, unpredictable listen.
  6. Jan 9, 2020
    64
    Keeping the raw emotion of a war that killed an estimated 40 million people out of the equation likely helped Field Music get their job done, but a touch more sentiment would have gone a long way toward taking this album beyond its research project roots.
  7. Unfortunately, as a musical portrayal of the long-lasting echoes of WWI, its ideas are far more interesting than their execution.

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  1. Jan 16, 2020
    6
    A very strange listen. Fascinating concept and lots of cool musical ideas here and there but there's so much nondescript excess here thatA very strange listen. Fascinating concept and lots of cool musical ideas here and there but there's so much nondescript excess here that weighs down the album as a whole. Instead of meandering aimlessly on 19 tracks where only 2 of them break the 4 minute mark why not condense the track list to it's most polished and conceptual songs. Expand