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Glad I waited a couple of weeks till I reviewed it!,
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This review is from: Antiphon (MP3 Download)
Van Occupanther is one of my favourite albums ever and I have given it as gifts to a lot of my friends. I was sad when I heard Tim Smith had left but more than happy to give Midlake#2 a go.
On first listenings I've got to say I was totally underwhelmed. Title track Antiphon was ok - only stand out track for me was The Old and the Young. I was therefore a tad confused when I was seeing all these five stars reviews. I was trying my best to like it and was listening to it a lot in the car on my ipod. The fact that Bamnan was following straight on afterwards was just highlighting how much I loved old Midlake.
However turns out the secret is forget the past, play it out of your best speakers, play it loud, away from distractions and background noise and it becomes a thing of beauty - lush, pastoral, harmonic and involving. Forget all the comparisons and judging it against the back catalogue or what bands may or may not have influenced it. Give it time, judge it as a stand alone piece of work - it's worth the investment of your time.