Midlake - The Trials of The Vanoccupanther (Bella Union)
The sleeve hints at some absurdity but the music contained within is actually very mellow and catchy. At times sounding mid-70s West Coast rock these Texan recluses have made a total departure from their barmy psychedelic debut. With harmonies closer than the Beach Boys and anthemic choruses U2 would sell their children for. Although first trck Roscoe is dangerously close to sounding like Fleetwood Macs “Rhiannon” other tracks such as Young Bride, Bandits and Head Home are worth the entry price alone. Recommended.