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Courage Of Others Box set, Import
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MP3 Music, February 2, 2010
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On the surface there seems plenty to like here for fans of Van Occupanther, but it quickly becomes apparent that the pop heart clearly present in past tunes like that record's "Young Bride" or "Bandits" has been tossed away in favor of a much more focused, much less accessible sound. Singer Tim Smith's distinct vocals run the show here, painting a portrait of past times and reviving the ghosts of `60s-`70s folk-rock with the uncanny ease of a weathered listener, and the band's traditionally countrified sound takes things one step further here. The album art should give anyone a pretty good indication of what's to come: Druidic rituals set to music, the worshipping of nature and living by the land, bucolic guitars weaving languid lines out and about around the omnipresent flutes and mournful, multi-tracked vocals.
It's not something to be taken lightly, and at times the experience can drag as such an utter dedication to a sound can tend to do.Read more ›
I think that some who are looking for another "Roscoe" or "Young Bride" might be dissappointed that there are no instant grabbers on "Courage", but let "Children of the Ground", "Acts of Man", "Winter Dies" or "Rulers Ruling All Things" play a couple of times and you will realize the breadth of this outstanding album. Simply stated, this is a beautiful, graceful work that, with repeated listenings will stand the test of time. Outstanding!
I wholly admire them for this. Because it shows why they are making music, and that this same integrity may be found in it as well.
The Courage of others,in my opinion is a better album than the previous two. Each album quite a bit different from each other. I believe they get better each time. On this one, they seem more assured and seasoned. Tim Smith has found his voice. On this recording he doesn't sound like anyone else to me (not Neil Young nor Thom Yorke). This makes me happy.
This is a slow album that is best listened to as one piece. Every song is very similar in feel and tone. Its the kind of album that, the more you listen, the more it grows on you. It is at times sad, esoteric and ernest. There is something going on with this album that hits you at the subconscious level. This, I think, is the album's strong point. There's a primal tranquility and a purity that seeps in as you listen. The song Fortune seems to me almost religious. The closer you listen and the more you yield, the more this album gets into you. I love this album. Take the time and I think you might agree.
I know that some people will not care for this album very much. Some of the fans will feel let down. But some will enjoy it more and see that it is indeed a stronger album all around - and far more rewarding.
Cheers to you in the second group of fans. I hope you are exited as I am to see where they go next.
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I totally disagree with all the negative reviews I've read about this album. It's a collection of beautiful, melancholy tunes with lots of acoustic guitar and flute. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MusicMusicMusic
I first heard Midlake's single "Acts of Man" on an Amazon Prime playlist and was instantly drawn to it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Melymbrosia
The more I listen to this 2010 outing by Midlake, the more amazed I am. With each listen, more and more layers grow from a tapestry of sound revealing details trickling out from an... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Skyburial
A great album, particularly on vinyl. Somber/melancholy/etc. Deserves more words but, alas, I don't have more to provide at this time.Published on September 14, 2013 by Adam Jones
A beautiful album from beginning to end. Great lyrics and fantastic music.
I would be hard pressed to choose between this album and The Trials of Van Ocupanther
Great album. Has a 60's English folk thing going on. I saw these guys live and there were like 8 of them on stage.Published on January 14, 2013 by Thomas S. Maddux
Haunting melodies and lyrics. Different from their previous works but extremely enjoyable. I would reccomend this to anyone that is into the Iron and Wine, or The National styles.Published on December 20, 2012 by William Moskowitz
This is simply an amazing album. I decided to purchase it after hearing their song Acts of Man and was not disappointed. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Curtis J. Grenci
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Better late than never! Seems a love or hate sort of an album - stellar reviews versus comments that sound like it made people nauseous. I personally love it and find it is deep - like looking down into the sea from a high place - the more you look the more it speaks. Reminds me of Fleet Foxes... Read More
Nov 17, 2010 by lakepines | See all 5 posts