- Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- ASIN: B004D99WDA
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
Courage of Others: Special Edition
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2 CD edition includes an alterante version of 'Fortune' and five exclusive acoustic session tracks. Midlake's The Courage Of Others is the Texas quintet's third album, their most complete and beautiful body of work yet, best appreciated as a whole in the old-fashioned sense of an album - which makes perfect sense when you know Midlake linchpin Tim Smith's fondness for the look and feel of past times. So what's changed since The Trials of Van Occupanther, their second, hugely loved breakthrough album? Just as that record was in part inspired by the soft(er) rock of the early-to-mid 1970s--from Neil Young and America to Fleetwood Mac--so Midlake's new album also looks to a slightly earlier, and definitely British, trad-tainted folk sound. It may share the same gorgeously analogue-warm electro-acoustic template as Van Occupanther but it's a slower, darker and more carved record, both eerier and dreamier.
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That being said, these are beautiful tunes, but if you tried to listen to this album every day, you'd most likely be calling the suicide hot-line every 42 minutes. The only song approaching a happy vibe is also the shortest and features the lyric "On with the laughter when the work is done; It is what it is; A passing work of human hands where faults abound". That's the up-swing here, folks. But in creating this masterpiece of melancholy, they've put to song something that, I feel, resonates with the great sprawl of human history in a way that's incredible and beyond reproach. Many people will argue that this album is not their bitter cup of tea, but it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do and should be appreciated in accordance with that. I look forward to Midlake's future directions!
The Courage of Others is better only in the production. The band was obviously given more time in the studio. The recording is cleaner and the instrumental technique has improved notably. This is a more even, better realized outing than Van Occupanther but it really isn't better at its core. These songs are are so similar to Van Occupanther it's practically the same CD. It's not bad, just not really different. Some of the greatest musical artists in recording history show a progression from their early releases to their later ones. This isn't the case here. This is just a better version of their previous recording.
I could easily give this another half star. It's good in it's own right and easy on the ears. I just think these guys need to take a stronger leap. It's worth owning for anyone who enjoyed their "Trials" release. Just don't expect anything outside of what you've already heard.
Actually, Traffic's Hidden Treasure and Many a Mile to Freedom are the closest tracks I know of.
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I would be hard pressed to choose between this album and The Trials of Van Ocupanther