Sombre in tone and sparsely arranged, '5:14...' is a bleakly beautiful piece of work. Emerging as he was from a period of debilitating depression, Malcolm opted for the cathartic approach and poured as much of his mindset into the album as he could, with remarkably poignant and often blackly comic results. The album's closer, 'The Devil And The Angel' remains a steadfast live favourite, examining as it does, Malcolm's conversation with a despondent devil on one hand and a sanguine angel on the other.
'Middleton has a warm, immediately engaging voice that makes even his saddest songs sound strangely joyful. He has a real knack for marrying self-deprecating lyrics with dancing, luminous melodies.' The Guardian