Album Review: The Middle East - 'I Want That You Are Always Happy'

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Album Review: The Middle East - 'I Want That You Are Always Happy'

6 / 10 If not quite suffering a full-on identity crisis, The Middle East are at least a geographically confusing prospect – their name suggests sandswept mysticism, their Fleet Foxy sound Americana folk porch dwelling, but they’re actually from Australia.



They don’t quite conjure the heart-slowing plod of Pecknold’s mob on their second album – ‘Black Death 1349’ is slightly epic in a My Morning Jacket way while ‘Jesus Came To My Birthday Party’ is a deft bridge between Sparklehorse and The Sleepy Jackson – but the lazy-day loping elsewhere suggests their ideal geographical home is on the Applejack Stage at Green Man at around 3pm.



Jamie Fullerton



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