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For the Sake of Bethel Woods by Midlake

Midlake

For the Sake of Bethel Woods

Release Date: Mar 18, 2022

Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Record label: ATO

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Album Review: For the Sake of Bethel Woods by Midlake

Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

musicOMH.com - 80
Based on rating 4

The Texas-based folk-rock ensemble rediscover their place in the world while tapping into long-held strengths It’s been nine years since Midlake last released an album, 2013’s Antiphon, and it’s fair to say a lot in the world has changed since then. Yet in some ways, at least on the surface, the opposite could be said for the Texas-based folk-rock outfit. The release of their fifth album, For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, feels a ‘business as usual’ style return, which sees them tap back into the many strengths they have built up since releasing their debut back in 2004.

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Sputnikmusic - 66
Based on rating 3.3/5

Out of time... It's a bit odd seeing a new Midlake album in 2022. The band never quite managed to move past second-tier act status, but for all that they were an integral part of the 2000s indie scene, the type of group that you'd expect to see populating a certain type of person's iTunes alongside the likes of Arcade Fire and The Decemberists (those were the days…). Now, a decade plus later, most of those groups don't occupy nearly the same bandwidth in the music world.

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