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The Trials of Van Occupanther (10th Anniversary Edition)

Bella Union

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When it was first released in the spring of 2006, Midlake‘s sophomore album was a revelation. Expanding their songwriting considerably from their 2004 debut Bamnan and Silvercork and adding elements of the British folk and soft rock that would define their later albums while retaining their nods to primary influences like Granddaddy and Radiohead, they delivered a masterstroke. Rustic lyrics of songs with titles like “Roscoe” and “We Gathered in Spring” celebrated a mythical late 19th century, perhaps in an attempt to escape the modern world, while the title track romanticized a mythical scientist who also happens to be a hermit and as the cover might imply, a fencing champion as well. If all this sounds deeply like 1970s arena rock of the California variety (think Fleetwood Mac, another audible influence on this record) or like progressive rock, that’s because that’s what this essentially is. However, revivalists of those genres rarely sound so convincing or write such memorable, timeless material. Simply put, this is a modern classic. (www.midlake.net)

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