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Volume 1


Volume 1

Collaboration between members of Band Of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, Midlake and Grandaddy

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    The prevailing style is melodic 70s soft rock, with 10cc, the Electric Light Orchestra and Crosby, Stills & Nash among the reference points
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s utterly gorgeous and the best bits of Midlake still shine through
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    A happy meld of snug-fitting millennial Traveling Wilburys and Gorillaz pop nous, a giant avert for the powerful attraction of opposites. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Sounds like a Midlake-as-such album: a more direct follow-up to 2013's Antiphon. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Sumptuous, immensely pleasurable throwback album. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Despite their diversity, a mood is sustained through Midlake’s arrangements, which draw on fond ‘70s influences
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The main engine is Pulido’s band Midlake, Texan updaters of 1970s folk and classic rock, who lay down a warmly textured soundtrack of guitars, drums, horns and strings for Volume 1’s roster of vocalists
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    NEW Credit Pulido for making this group truly super and the album one of the best "super" group efforts imaginable
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  9. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Despite the dreadful name (BNQT, for ‘Banquet’, really? These guys are in early middle age at least now right? Surely they can handle vowels?) the result is actually pretty good
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  10. 7.0 |   The Music

    Volume 1 lacks a certain in-the-room warmth... but it's a fun diversion
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  11. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    NEW Given the variety of approaches employed within, just about everyone scrolling through these 11 tracks should find an addled anthem easy to love…even as the album itself remains frustratingly difficult to like
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  12. 6.0 |   DIY

    Very much an album in Eric Pulido’s image
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  13. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    BNQT have infused their radio rock with styles and sounds that at times resembles those of The Beatles, Dire Straits, The Doors, Pink Floyd, and even '70s pop band America
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  14. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    For the most part, though this is tuneful, if lamentably generic stuff
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