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As retro-British ‘60s pop aficionados, the Clientele imagine themselves as writers of lovable, obscure b-sides. Rather than aim for the permanent hook and the high-profile chorus of a Merseybeat hit single, they scale down their ambitions to the quieter, darker and quirkier moments where melancholia takes hold. Produced by Nashville producer Mark Nevers of Lambchop, God Save the Clientele is the group’s cleanest sounding album. The excessive reverb is virtually M.I.A., yet the group sacrifices none of their trippy haze. “Isn’t Life Strange?” gently advances with its haunting George Harrison All Things Must Pass ambience courtesy of Louis Philippe’s string arrangement. “Honorary member,” the Autumn Defense’s Pat Sansone, adds piano, guitars and/or backing vocals to five tracks and his ‘70s AM pop sense does seem to bump these Londoners into the smoother reaches of mellow soft rock (“From Brighton Beach to Santa Monica”). While modest changes have been employed, it’s still Alasdair MacLean’s songwriting and whispery delivery that pulls off the rainy day beauty of a track like “The Queen of Seville.” The piano sprinkles and sweeps of pedal steel just compliment his unerring sense of sorrow.

Customer Reviews

What a Nice Surprise

This was not what I expected. I loved Suburban Light so much and thought that Strange Geometry was pretty much the same with bigger budgets and higher production values. And I was fine with that. This album is truly a departure. Although there are tunes like "Writer on Victoria Street" that sound a lot like the older stuff, a new, brighter outlook shines through most of the rest. The reverb and voice doubling are still there, but there are now also even more lovely string arrangements, slide guitars, pianos, etc. The great basslines and cool guitars are still there - it just all works well together. Its like if you had this really artsy friend who was so interesting and depressive, who finally left the apartment, got it together, and remained interesting without being so depressive anymore. Just really good, definitely worth your ten bucks.

Worth the Effort

Seasoned Clientele fans will recognize this as somewhat of a departure from previous work. But after saying that, this album is straight-up Clientele. Musically its fantastic...sometimes upbeat and catching, while other times sullen and moody. And as always, the lyrics are poetry. Add this one to your collection and give it a chance. I did and cant seem to get my pod off of it.

God Save the Clientele

I guess we just love 1960's British sound. I for one loved their song from the movie 'The Lake House' and had looked for their music after not finding it. It is a justice that their music is now available, now to purchase. Thanks iTunes for bringing excellent quality. I for one suggest this a good buy, their music is uplifting, though moody at times, but just has it's place. A good buy as well as their other albums.


Formed: 1997 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Retrofitted pop band the Clientele had obvious roots in the hazy, autumnal glare of Galaxie 500 and Felt. Just as those bands took their Velvet Underground and Television records to heart without being derivative, the Clientele were able to chalk up an extensive discography riddled with lush melodies of their own without sounding like a tribute band. Think of your favorite '60s pop band and odds are they're in the Clientele's blood. The London-based band formed in mid-1997, consisting of Alasdair...
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