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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 2nd August 2015
The Middle East are an Australian band who will appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes, Midlake and that sort of thing. Whilst their debut, “I Want That You Are Always Happy” is partly austere indie-folk, with the first couple of songs “Black Death 1349” and “My Grandma Was Pearl Hall”, it does have it’s brighter moments too such as the upbeat “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party”, which is a bit like a more upbeat Sparklehorse number with a female vocal, oddly. “Land Of The Bloody Unknown” has a nice, breezy feel to it. “Hunger Song” was the single taken from the album and it has an unpleasant Mumford & Sons sheen to it, its presence spoils things for me. “Deep Water” is a little on the long side at just over ten minutes but it has some nice pedal steel and a melody that will appeal to those that like Ryan Adams when he does his alt. country thing as opposed to his indie-boy rock ‘n’ roll thing. In the main it’s not bad, really.
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