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Black Midi


Second full-length album from the experimental rock band produced by John "Spud" Murphy

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s a triumph of the UK underground and a singular vision of a band completely detached from their listeners expectations
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Cavalcade proves Black Midi are incapable of resting on their laurels, and as ‘Ascending Forth’ draws to a triumphant close, we’re left wondering what on Earth they will accomplish next
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  3. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    Cavalcade is both a testament to the successful evolution in music and that the war against banality, instant individual single streamed tracks can be won and that the sacrosanctity of the concept LP can continue to triumph and be enjoyed without skipping or shuffling the tracks
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  4. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    All that we could ask for
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  5. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    It's smart and well-calculated, expressing their range as musicians. Most importantly, it's the best path forward to keep speculators on their toes
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    black midi might be that rare exception of band, who don’t just live up to their hype but exceed it
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  7. 9.0 |   Uncut

    From the expansive jazz- tinged post-rock of "Diamond Stuff" to the post-punk funk of “Dethroned”, there’s notasingle predictable second to be found on Cavalcade. Print edition only

  8. 9.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Cavalcade is an experience album, one that lingers long after it’s over. It calls to you from the basement
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  9. 9.0 |   The Music

    Cavalcade delights in the way it embraces extremes
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  10. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    It’s hard to imagine any rock album this year beating Cavalcade in pure genius
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  11. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Cavalcade may prove to be one of the most accomplished albums of 2021; future classic of a happily undefined now-core genre
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  12. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Doubling down on the dense, avant-garde clamor of their debut, black midi further asserts themselves as one of the boldest new voices in rock
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  13. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The UK band stakes out even more ground on their glorious second album. The chord changes are more elaborate, the rhythms more twisted, the pretty parts prettier, the heavy parts heavier
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    There’s a impressive maelstrom of moods on the Mercury nominees’ new album, building to a fantastical, absurdist whole
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  15. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    With an expanded sound palette, the Mecury Prize-nominated group might be onto something big
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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Certainly not easy listening Cavalcade harbours considerable thrills for those up to its challenges. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The beauty of Cavalcade is that for all its surreal strangeness, this is a remarkably focused and coherent album. It should hopefully illuminate the gradual dawn of our brave new post-pandemic world
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    Unpredictability rules once again on the trio’s second album, which pushes them further down the avant-garde rabbit hole
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  19. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    An all-cylinders band hard at work and play, harnessing their extremes into newly weaponised shapes. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s an intense, brain frazzling experience and one created by a band that scoff at the idea of boundaries and expectation
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  21. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Spellbinding and circuitous
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  22. 7.0 |   DIY

    Building from a sound already so idiosyncratic and unpredictable, they end up in some head-scratching corners
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  23. 7.0 |   All Music

    Cavalcade is intentionally oversaturated and designed to knock listeners off balance, and at its best, the album's overpowering rush of sounds and ideas communicates the excitement and a sense of unlimited possibilities
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  24. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    With Cavalcade, Black Midi are really branching out, and prove to the world that they’re not one of the many bands intent on replicating a successful debut album
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  25. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The arty London do everything from bizarro-world Chili Peppers to folk serenity
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  26. 6.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Where Schlagenheim felt serrated and sharp-edged and packed tight with grooves, Cavalcade feels brooding and explorative
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  27. 6.0 |   The Independent

    As is customary for experimental bands of their kind, on Cavalcade, black midi feast on a smorgasbord of influences but the result at times can leave their sound meandering aimlessly
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  28. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    No matter how maddening and challenging the album can be, the songwriting and musicianship is impressive
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  29. 6.0 |   A.V. Club

    black midi’s record pulls together a collage of musical, literary and historic references that may initially appear somewhat random
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  30. 6.0 |   The FT

    The band’s formidable second album demonstrates their breadth of imagination — but it is let down by weak vocals
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  31. 5.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Is Cavalcade almost a good album? Well. Its moments of potential aren’t to be to be trifled with, but neither are they enough to elevate it from a stale sequence of overthought ideas
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