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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the indie Australian group was coproduced with Mike Myers and recorded between touring.
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  1. Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Despite stuffing their saddle bags full of choice musical cuts old and new, The Middle East somehow contrive to sound like nobody but their own sweet selves. [Jul 2011, p.86]
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    A collection of songs which rings with the same deeply felt, universal truths of Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago and Ryan Adam's Heartbreaker. Chillingly authentic. [Aug. 2011, p. 100]
  3. Of course, it could have potentially been trimmed down and rearranged slightly more efficiently, but for an official debut full-length, it's a wonderful achievement and a more than worthy listen.
  4. Jul 15, 2011
    60
    y may want that you are always happy, but, while there's much for the listener to enjoy here, they will need to be more concise to achieve their obvious potential.
  5. Jul 15, 2011
    60
    I Want that You Are Always Happy is an honest sound, one with as much darkness as it has light, and though it slows too much in spots, the record has more than enough compelling moments to bring you back for future spins.
  6. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    The result is a melancholy brew.
  7. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    They do succumb to indulgence--most pointedly on bloated eight-minuter Deep Water--but if you're prepared to allow them, they're just about worth it. [Jul 2011, p.116]

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