- For its sophomore outing on the Bella Union record label (founded by Simon Raymonde, formerly of the Cocteau Twins), the Texas-based ensemble Midlake presents a set of lo-fi, 1970s-pop-inspired indie-rock, as best exemplified by "Roscoe," a track that mixes Fleetwood Mac tunefulness with a charming, off-beat sonic aesthetic. With Grandaddy reportedly breaking up around the time of this 2006 album, Midlake seems like the ideal act to continue to bear its torch.
Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "It takes a confident band to resurrect the soft-rock sound of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, but that's exactly what this Denton, Tex., quintet does on its sophomore album." -- Grade: B+
Q (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]rontman Tim Smith has discovered '70s Americana, and has now ladled his love of the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac all over this second album."
Q (p.124) - Ranked #21 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "Mystical, hallucinatory and deeply melodic..."
Alternative Press (p.214) - "Pastoral flutes and acoustic guitars coexist peacefully with jagged electro riffs, creating rustic tunes that somehow avoid feeling like empty exercises in nostalgia."
Magnet (p.98) - "[I]t all makes cripplingly lovely sense, right down to the windy, Neil Young-like guitar solos."
CMJ (p.4) - "[The] quintet channels moody, transatlantic '60s psych-pop, mid-'70s SoCal country rock and a bit of '80s-era 4AD wistfulness."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "All exquisitely sung and played....We're dealing with an invigorating, many-faceted work of diverse instrumentation and durability."