The Courage of Others

Midlake - The Courage of Others
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2010 Ratings: #401 / 855
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February 2, 2010 / Release Date
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Bella Union / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Album number three from Midlake finds the band edging away from past glories and indulging in something new - or new for them, at least. Their first album, Bamnan And Silvercork, was indebted to Radiohead while the splendid The Trials Of Van Occupanther was steeped in the influence of '70s smooth rock. The Courage Of Others takes on the world of folk and assimilates it perfectly.


In the middle of 2006, Midlake released The Trials of Van Occupanther, a record of Ren Faire-infused folk-pop shot through with a healthy dose of post-blues, pre-bitterness Fleetwood Mac. Van Occupanther was full of small delights and the occasional major triumph. Its charms were subtle; occasionally a shimmering melodic flourish or a shade in singer Tim Smith's earthy throat would float into the mix and really knock you out. Though it dragged

a touch toward the end and sometimes felt a bit self-satisfied in its smoothness, it was a pleaser and-- because it moved them light years beyond the gooey Grandaddy-lite of their debut without much apparent effort-- seemed to promise good stuff on the bound.

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#25/American Songwriter
#27/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. Acts of Man 
  2. Winter Dies 
  3. Small Mountain 
  4. Core of Nature 
  5. Fortune 
  6. Rulers, Ruling All Things 
  7. Children of the Grounds 
  8. Bring Down 
  9. The Horn 
  10. The Courage of Others 
  11. In the Ground

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