The Courage of Others

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The Courage of Others
Studio album by Midlake
Released February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
Genre Folk rock
Progressive folk
Length 41:45
Label Bella Union
Midlake chronology
The Trials of Van Occupanther
The Courage of Others
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (positive)[2]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[3]
musicOMH 9/10 stars[4]
NME 8/10 stars[5]
One Thirty BPM (5.2/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[7]
Spin 3/5 stars[8]
Toro 4.5/5 stars[9]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[10]

The Courage of Others is the third studio album by American folk rock band Midlake. It was released on February 1, 2010, on Bella Union Records.[11] The album sleeve pays homage to Andrei Rublev, a 1966 film by Russian writer and director Andrei Tarkovsky.[12]


In 2014, System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan noted that he was a passionate fan of the album, stating: "[The Courage of Others is] phenomenal, and this is a band that I think could get up to that level of writing where they’re creating albums that just work every time. Unfortunately, I didn't like any of the albums they had previous to that one, or the album they came out with afterwards. They hit their groove with this one, and then the singer left right afterwards. I was so compelled by them that I got in touch with [Tim Smith] because I wanted to hear more, I could listen to ten albums like that. [...] I think I freaked him out, I was way too passionate."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tim Smith.[14]

No. Title Length
1. "Acts of Man"   2:55
2. "Winter Dies"   5:04
3. "Small Mountain"   3:39
4. "Core of Nature"   4:29
5. "Fortune"   2:05
6. "Rulers, Ruling All Things"   4:22
7. "Children of the Grounds"   3:55
8. "Bring Down"   3:37
9. "The Horn"   4:07
10. "The Courage of Others"   3:17
11. "In the Ground"   4:15
Total length:



  • Tim Smith - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Recorder, Piano, Keyboards
  • Eric Pulido - Guitars, Dulcimer, Autoharp, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Paul Alexander - Bass, Electric Guitar, Bassoon
  • McKenzie Smith - Drums, Percussion
  • Eric Nichelson - Guitars, Autoharp, Percussion


  • Max Townsley - Electric Guitar
  • Jesse Chandler - Harpsichord
  • Fiona Brice - Violin
  • Stephanie Dosen - Harmony vocals on 'Bring Down'