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Oh, Beatrice
Oh, Beatrice
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut!, 22 Nov 2007
This review is from: Oh, Beatrice (Audio CD)
Heard them support Cherry Ghost last night at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and was taken by how their unique sound came across. Sometimes frenetic, other times quite reserved, they range quite widely but they certainly have quality musical talent at their disposal.

Similarities with bands such as Polyphonic Spree, Midlife and Wilco spring to mind, but these guys certainly haven't followed any of these bands too closely and have taken the best qualities from each to fuse a very experimental, but really pleasant sound.

Frozen Feet gets the album off to an upbeat start, with Paris painting a very laid back picture with soft mellow sounds. Forget Me Not picks up the album's pace again and is the best track on here, but fends off some really tough opposition from the other tracks.

This seven-track album is a great starter, and it'll be really interesting to hear future material from this band.


The Trials Of Van Occupanther
The Trials Of Van Occupanther
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midlake kick on....., 13 Sep 2006
....with a brilliant follow-up to Bamnan and Slivercork (which was excellent too). Soft, mellow but with a beautiful way of working with lyrics to project clear imagery on the listener.

I've had this album since release, but I felt compelled to write this because at first listen it would be easy to let this pass through your headspace. However, after a few listens, it dawns on you why people talk so highly of this group of guys from the US.

I don't like to go through each track and pick the merits out, but particular praise to Branches which is simply sublime and in my eyes is a stand-out track on this album. Midlake have really raised the bar with this release and it will be interesting to see which way the band will go from this point.

Hopefully, they'll continue putting out great albums like this.


Strangers
Strangers
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a league of his own.....??, 13 Jun 2005
This review is from: Strangers (Audio CD)
Having heard about Ed's music from a few friends and seeing the usual articles in the musical press about 'Strangers', I was slightly put off from buying this album for some reason. However, a few weeks ago I bought the album in my local record store out of curiosity, and wow, what an album this is. Well done curiousity!
Right from the slighly above-norm tempo of 'The Storm is Coming', the musical arrangement makes a play for your throat, grabbing it and not letting go for around forty-five minutes of high-class music. Highlights for me (and on an album as great as this, these really are highlights) are the title-track 'Strangers', 'The Trapdoor', 'Music Box' and 'Open Book', although all tracks could have made it.
People usually find it within themselves to compare the artist's sound to similar sounds, but I can't as it seems pretty unique as far as i'm concerned.
Congratulations Ed, you should be very proud of this album.


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