Midlake: The Courage of Others (Bella Union, 2010)
Everyone knows this one. So there’s no need to write a long review. This is more like a quick opinion.
Will I get hammered if I say that this actually a little boring? I probably should get hammered, but I can’t deny that I’m struggling with this album. If I listen to just one song (anyone of them will do), I can admit that it sounds truly wonderful, but after listening to three or four songs in a row I’m thinking of changing the record. The album is like a cat without a personality. I mean cats are pretty much the most beautiful creatures on the planet, but in the long run I would still get rather bored watching a group of cats if the cats didn’t have their own unique characteristics. This is just a steady flow of beautiful moods and sounds and there’s nothing that draws my attention. Maybe I should give it more time, but so far I’m not as impressed as I would like to be. Maybe I’ll just keep on listening to it in small doses. That way it stays enjoyable.