The Trials Of Van Occupanther

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. So while the subdued vocal harmonies and acoustic folk influences of 70s pop bands Chicago and America can be heard, there is enough intricately layered dream-pop floating around the fleshed-out orchestrations to keep indie-rock fans contented.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Smooth and intermittently sublime it may be, but their previous weirdness is much missed. [Jun 2006, p.117]
  3. The uniformity of song structure, tone and tempo, though initially captivating, soon becomes monotonous.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 4, 2015
    9
    The true beginning of the West Coast singer/songwriter movement of the last five years. Warm, beautiful and perfectly produced (by the band.)The true beginning of the West Coast singer/songwriter movement of the last five years. Warm, beautiful and perfectly produced (by the band.) The songs fade wonderfully into each other creating a song cycle about love, loss and how that loss colors everything around it. Full Review »
  2. 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 theAs 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. Full Review »
  3. 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
    trials 8
    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.
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