(...) but ‘Stand Upright…’, with its heavy accent on country flavours and gentle pastoralia, is an apologetic shrug back into the spotlight. Only on the thundering ‘Raggedstone Hill’ do they visit former glories. Sadly, it’s possible to forget the rest of it while you are actually listening to it.
(...) playing winsome folk-rock harmonies of an American flavour, imbued with a gentle melancholy and the warmth of hard-won experience.Ageing seems to suit the trio: "Shadows" and "Did It Have to Be This Way?" sketch the regret and solace of separation with the kind of lived-in honesty their younger selves might have blustered through less convincingly, while the transatlantic references – the Tim Hardin quote in "Back of You", the lap steel streaking "We Try" – have a beguiling, unforced grace.Honed to perfection by Midlake's mixer Matt Pence, the album fits in alongside the revitalised Laurel Canyon sound.