The Courage of Others by Midlake

The Courage of Others was the third album from Midlake and the one where they did the thing that all good bands should do at least once in their career  - go prog. Rather than the laid back Fleetwood Mac grooves of earlier records, The Courage of Others heading off back towards the Canterbury folk/prog scene of late '60s/early '70s England with musical nods to Caravan, King Crimson and the Moody Blues.  

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The Courage of Others by Midlake
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8/10 Li'l Biz 28 January 2010
Yowza, i wasn't expecting the new Midlake album 'The Courage of Others' to sound anything like this. I'm ware of their group tendency to look back and, to an extent, mimic classic outfits such as Fleetwood Mac or Neil Young but this new record sees the texan quartet embrace the sounds of middle england's prog scene circa 1969. From the opening notes of 'Acts of Man' i'm hearing early Moody Blues and the Greg Lake vocals on the mellow psyche pop of 'I talk to the Wind' by King Crimson (a.k.a Crimmo). It certainly takes courage to pillage from the already well trodden path of the Canterbury folk/prog scene so for that i applaud the band. They do a damn good job of reinvigorating these sounds and present a record that is meant to be heard and and enjoyed in it's a proper record. Ballsy stuff for such a whimsical record.



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