I love various genres of music from Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin, all the way through to stuff like Laura Marling, Bon Iver and Mumford and Sons. All I can say about this album is: I adore it!
Saw it as a recommendation on Amazon and listened to a track on Youtube (highly recommended to listen before you buy) and I just melted instantly into a puddle of joy listening to such great music.
If you like The Shins (great band by the way) then The Middle East are best described as a more acoustic and darker version of them. They transgress boundaries like The Shins and defy any description I can write here on Amazon. The opening track is hauntingly beautiful, but the best track to look up on Youtube is "As I go to see Janey". Listen to that track and then buy the album. Not all the tracks are like that one, but it is an accessible track that will give you a good idea of the band's style and beauty. It is the best album I have brought for a long time!
Taste and preference for genres and bands is all well and good... but try something new like this and you won't regret it.
Heard a rumour this band may have stopped being a band and making music! :-O
Fleeting moment of sheer brillance across an album. Buy it and enjoy, it might be their only album.