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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
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  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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  1. Positive: 20 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. Feb 27, 2012
    8
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    It's folk/rock but Midlake sound pretty different to almost everyone else around the place at the moment. This record reminds me a
    little of Fleetwood Mac, kind of a 70's rock vibe off it. This is a record full of really strong songwriting, you can hear a lot of work has gone into the process of constructing the songs. It's my favourite Midlake record by a long way. "Young Bride" and "Branches" are at the centre of the album and are the highlights for me. Expand

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