RSS feed RSS Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook 15 Questions 15 Questions

CD Feature/ Clinic: "Do It!"

img  Tobias

An opening slot for Arcade Fire's recent Euro-tour didn't sway Clinic from their irresistible eccentricities but instead put a bigger, more cartoonish voodoo-bug in their ear (they must have fantasized long and hard about sticking it to those Roquefort-nibbling AF fans, really). The new depths of dissonance are to this album's detriment only if you were rooting for the band's finally going from bridesmaid to bride, but they're devoutly indie to the end, a Black Sabbath to Arcade Fire's Zep.

Clinic is now well-settled into working out of their own studio, where their bizarre collection of antique keyboards is unpacked, all pieces ready to use. If you've been missing Iron Butterfly, "High Coin" feeds the need, and the blaring Titanic steamer-horn in "Mary and Eddie" adds brilliant drabness to the band's hippy-beach-bonfire guitars, the Jesus & Mary Chain vibe they aspired to and surpassed long ago.


Unfortunately, no amount of wizzer organic hocus-pocus can cover up the band's lack of melodic growth, exemplified most dramatically by "Winged Wheel," a phoned-in copycat of "Gideon" from last year's Visitations LP. All know-it-alling aside, however, fans of Raveonettes, BRMC and all their fuzzy brethren will get a lot out of any Clinic record, even this one.

By Eric Saeger

Homepage: Clinic
Homepage: Domino Records

Related articles

flag
CD Feature/ Shy Child: "Noise Won’t Stop"
No smiley-dumb disco: Fantastically prepped ...
2008-06-06
flag
CD Feature/ Tanake: "3ree"
Finding ways of communication: A ...
2008-06-02
flag
Random Stabbings 34
May's interesting records subjectively compiled ...
2008-05-31
flag
CD Feature/ The Duke Spirit: "Neptune"
Genuinely edgy alt-rock: A breath ...
2008-05-30
flag
CD Feature/ Jerome Froese: "Shiver me Timbers"
A carefully considered shift: Zippo-sounds ...
2008-05-29
flag
The Breeders: "Mountain Battles"
A devilish coolness: Yoko Ono ...
2008-05-27
flag
Vital Weekly 627
Frans de Waard presents the ...
2008-05-23
flag
Vital Weekly 626
Frans de Waard presents the ...
2008-05-09
flag
Headphone Festival: Going East straight into your ears
After offering some intimate listening ...
2008-04-29
flag
CD Feature/ Vincent Bergeron: "Philosophie Fantasmagorique"
A visionary new music statement: ...
2008-04-28
flag
Kluster: Admira & Vulcano dig up Krautrock treasures
Legendary Krautrock band Kluster are ...
2008-04-26
flag
Slon: Post-Rockers announce first tour dates
Austrian Post-Rock band Slon have ...
2008-04-24
flag
CD Feature/ Kevin Ayers: "The Unfairground"
Zen master to a new ...
2008-04-21
flag
No Man's Steve Wilson & Tim Bowness: Revisit Schoolyard Ghosts
After another lengthy hiatus, No-Man, ...
2008-04-18
flag
15 Questions to Maninkari
French duo Maninkari stormed onto ...
2008-04-08

Partner sites

ad