The Trials Of Van Occupanther

Album Review of The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake.

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The Trials Of Van Occupanther

Midlake

The Trials Of Van Occupanther by Midlake

Release Date: Jul 25, 2006
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

80 Music Critic Score
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The Trials Of Van Occupanther - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Midlake's second album is a departure from their lo-fi, psychedelic pop-influenced debut. The Trials of Van Occupanther jumps with both feet into the '70s of Laurel Canyon troubadours and soft rock balladeers. It jumps like Bob Beamon right past any other current bands treading similar ground and jumps back into time, becoming one of the best examples of the sound and style you'll ever hear, date of release notwithstanding.

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The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

As the charts heave under the weight of so-so soft rock, Midlake suggest the genre isn't all bad. From the remote rock outpost of Denton, Texas, they look lovingly to Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, but also to the darker genius of Peter Hammill. They have clearly listened closely to the Blue Nile's debut and Radiohead's OK Computer. However, they bring it all together in a vision of their own.

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Austin Chronicle
Their review was positive

From electro-pop to classic-rock textures and alluring vocal harmonies, Denton fivepiece Midlake continues to elevate music, maturing structure and echo, this time without the maneuvering of technology. Where 2004's debut LP, Bamnan and Slivercork, slapped Grandaddy on the keys, exquisite sophomore disc, The Trials of Van Occupanther, instead retreats into the world of Burt Bacharach, Fleetwood Mac, and Steely Dan. Nostalgic, sure, but comforting, meticulous, and complex.

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