The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy (PIAS)

June 26, 2011 by  

Having formed in 2005 and hailing from Queensland, Australia, The Middle East have apparently already split up once so far. This event lead to a musical silence lasting eight months before it would seem that the seven members involved questioned this move and subsequently are now back on track with this their second album, I Want That You Are Always Happy.

For those not familiar with The Middle East, the band’s sound weaves in between catchy well-crafted acoustic based songs to more progressive numbers. Such a contrast makes I Want That You Are Always Happy certainly a varied bag of tunes but never the less most have the band’s low-fi approach in common.

Stand out tracks include Jesus Came to My Birthday Party, Months and Land Of The Bloody Unknown. All are to the point and catchy, with the latter bizarrely possessing an early Paul Simon tinge about it due to the vocals of Jordan Ireland.

For those with a penchant for a bit of a prog, Mount Morgan will certainly leave you feeling fulfilled. It’s minor key, white noise and sparseness are a million miles from the other recommendations mentioned.

As such the contents of I Want That You Are Always Happy is rather unusual. The Middle East have opted to offer up a real plethora of sounds and combined, the tracks almost tell a story due to the distinct highs and lows by way of emotion involved on this album. As such the album can’t be dipped into it, it really needs to be listen to in its entirety, in order to make it understood.

Whilst I Want That You Are Always Happy isn’t particularly stand out due to the at times lack of direction, there is certain charm about it. This is largely centred around the strength of The Middle East’s intelligent writing and on the whole is certainly deserving of a listen, if not a place in your music collection.

[rating:3]


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