Midlake
The Trials of Van Occupanther

Bella Union
2006
B-
Reviewed by: Iain Forrester
Reviewed on: 2006-06-14



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Posted 06/14/2006 - 03:21:59 PM by hometapes:
 A+ probably my favorite record this year....I have not listened to a record this consistently on repeat in forever....as you start to learn the lyrics and pick up on all of the subtle musical details it really takes on a whole new life...like reading your favorite book again, or watching ghostbusters for the millionth time.... highly recommended....just go download Roscoe from one of three thousand blogs that have posted it....you'll get hooked.
 
Posted 06/14/2006 - 11:42:07 PM by dougrokakis:
 I agree with hometapes on this one for the most part. It's easily one of my favorites of '06 as well, but I would probably just give it a solid A. The songwriting on here is exceptional, but there's not enough new ground being broken into to really qualify it for an A+.
 
Posted 06/15/2006 - 11:37:11 AM by hometapes:
 a lot of my favorite records don't break new ground... however, i think this one kinda does....as much as this stuff borrows from a lot of AOR styles....listen to it against Rumors, it's definitely gone a good bit further...