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Bamnan and Slivercork [CD]

Midlake Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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An antiphon is a call-and-response style of singing, from Gregorian chants to sea shanties. In the case of Denton, Texas’ favorite sons Midlake, it’s the perfect title for a bold response to a new phase in the band’s illustrious career, with a re-jigged line-up and a newly honed sound as rich and symphonic as it is dynamic and kaleidoscopic.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B0001P4VXQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. They Cannot Let It Expand 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Balloon Maker 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. I Guess I'll Take Care 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Some Of Them Were Superstitious 5:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Reprimand 1:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Jungler 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. He Tried To Escape 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mopper's Medley 4:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. No One Knew Where We Were 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Anabel 2:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mr. Amateur 2:080.79  Buy MP3 

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this Midlake album on the strength of hearing Balloon Maker on the brilliant radio show, Rocket Science
All the songs are of the Grandaddy mould but not exactly similar. There is the same cleverness of lyrics and the vocals do sound very much like Jason Lyttle but that is not a bad thing, I have four Grandaddy albums but this is still very much a welcome addition to my collection. Balloon Maker is a brilliant track, but the songs are consistently good throughout, I also thought I heard a touch of some stuff that sounded a bit like David Byrne's solo work. In general, it's a top album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gggrrrreat!! 26 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after falling in love with the second one and it was a bit of a surprise on first hearing it how different it is from it's succesor. Once this initial shock subsided though I fell in love with this one too. There are similarities to Grandaddy and maybe that was why the second album took a new direction, but this album is far better than The Software Slump.

There are plenty of highlights but for me 'Moppers Medley' about the caretaker who shows the health & safety inspector around the apartment block in which he works to see the air-vents & electrical outlets, whilst they secretly hold a torch for each other, and the absolutely barking 'Kingfish Pies' are very loveable songs.

Packed full of great stories, good tunes and musical inventivity this is a great - if only distantly related - companion to Van Occupanther.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world apart! 16 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Another band I heard from thanks to the Bella Union CD sampler "Beneath the Surface vol.1" (essential purchase!!!), and though all songs on it are very good, Midlake's "Some of them were superstitious" closes it in a dreamy melancholy & gorgeous way.
The one thing Midlake might suffer from is a name that wouldn't necessarily drag you into their music at first, which can only be a shame when this album is such an amazing debut, and for a debut it's very impressive indeed!
For the first few spins of the disk, it seemed hard to shake off comparisons with Grandaddy (which is not such a bad thing), mainly because Tim Smith's voice expresses vulnerability & simplicity reminescent of "Under the Western Freeway", sometimes even Tom York-like, while carrying beautiful melodies.
But it's only a matter of time to get used to what this band from Denton, Texas, really has to offer. Their music ranges from qwerky lo-fi to psychedelia ballads, but putting labels & names on it just isn't fair: what is so unique about Midlake is their ability to create a universe that mixes fantasy & childlike dreams similar to icelandic Mum's.
"Kingfish pies" or "balloon maker" both share great imaginative lyrics & catchy melodies (like most of the album actually) and the layers of flutes, pianos, organs, guitars & also electronica only help create a wonderful place where you will want to escape to with them many many times. Truly original. Excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen hard and be rewarded 28 Jun 2007
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I'm glad I bought my copy of The Trials of Van Ocupanther ahead of Bamnan and Silvercork as I fell in love instantly with 'the trials..' but had to work very hard to love Bamnan - had I heard it first I would have binned it after a couple of listens and forgot Midlake existed. . . but eventually the tunes on this disc get inside you and . . . I'm in love.

Unlike other reviewers I'm not familiar with the sound of Grandaddy and so can't make comparisons, but then Bamnan and Silvercork sounds like nothing else I know, but curiously I wouldn't say this recording has a unique sound to it. Listen hard and be rewarded.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Low Key 10 Jun 2014
By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Like others I came to this album after hearing The Trials of Von Occupanther and The Courage of Others. It is much sparser than either of those. It's very much a lo-fi production and almost an experimentalist approach that drops somewhere around Mercury Rev territory.

Certainly not a bad album, but one where the band seem to be trying to find their way. There are hints of the atmospheric, tuneful songs to follow but it's all a little too low key to be memorable.
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