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  • Summary: This sophomore set finds the Texas five-piece utilizing a 1970's classic rock / soft rock sound.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Van Occupanther's spell finally breaks a little more than halfway through its 11 tracks, when the songs begin to feel more fussed-over and conceptual and less organic, but the warmth never fades.
  2. The Trials of Van Occupanther is such a nuanced, finely layered work that Midlake has certainly crafted one of the best releases of 2006.
  3. A truly delectably odd album of archaic echoes and future-classic choruses.
  4. Nostalgic, sure, but comforting, meticulous, and complex.
  5. The Trials of Van Occupanther is a beautiful piece of moody ambience, and an enchanting album that ultimately continues to reveal itself even after numerous listens. [#14]
  6. I really struggled with whether Van Occupanther's literary, slightly nerdy, Ren-fair-leaning lyrics were more of a help or a hindrance to the album.... But at least Midlake risked the ridiculous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    As I write this review it has been six years since I bought this album. It has yet to lose its appeal. A better album has not been made in the those six years. It is a little known, yet classic album. Expand
  2. JD
    Dec 10, 2006
    10
    My personal favorite of 2006. Great lyrics, great melodies...great time with midlake!
  3. cornelius
    Dec 24, 2006
    10
    certainly one of the most fresh and enlightened album of the year, and maybe for many years... i can't understand some press critic could have given such low rate as 40 to this album ; yes, you could not to be pleased by "The trials...", but you can't say that's not a really good work ! Expand
  4. MC
    Oct 4, 2006
    9
    So refreshing to hear music like this being made. wonderful harmonies with the vocals. I dare say this is timeless music. It's Fleetwood Mac for the new generation. Expand
  5. JohnnyD
    Apr 26, 2007
    9
    Beautiful album, rich in texture and tone. One of 2006's best.
  6. monkeyman
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    Midlake have given us a beautifully crafted album which deserves to be widely heard. This absolute gem is undoubtedly one of the albums of the year.
  7. EvanZ
    Feb 26, 2007
    6
    Agree with S Taylor, except maybe The Eagles is being kind. How about America?

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