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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Midlake - The Courage of Others: B+

"I will never have the courage of others," goes the chorus to the title track of Midlake's third album. So, yeah, don't expect the folk rock band to be painting on Five Hour Energy smiles any time soon. As disparaging as the themes of Midlake's newest can get, the album is impeccably produced. Melancholied harmonies soar and tepid fingers pluck while tempos slow to a crawl, and, if you immerse yourself enough, you can imagine yourself in feudal England, where I guess this would be the equivalent of grunge. Regardless, The Courage of Others is an acoustic album that is sound enough that, when the electric moments do come, you're pleasantly surprised as opposed to breathing a sigh of relief.


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