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Album Review

Right down to its gritty, mod-punk art direction, Walking With Thee seems like it should fit right in with Clinic's previous work. Indeed, the group's second full-length album could've been a carbon copy of their debut, Internal Wrangler, but to Clinic's credit, the band makes a few changes, opting for a smoother production and a quieter, more implosive sound than their previous work offered. Frustratingly, though, most of these changes end up detracting from the group's strengths and diluting the album's impact. Walking With Thee's production is far from slick, but a huge part of Clinic's appeal was that the band seemed to record in an underwater garage, giving their songs a fuzzy, cavernous sound that made their messy, thrashy moments even more dangerously alluring and their ballads that much more affecting. Stripped nearly bare of reverb and static, much of Walking With Thee sounds incomplete, particularly on the almost-punk of "Pet Eunuch," "Welcome," and "The Equaliser," which, with its rattling percussion and driving bassline, could've rivaled Internal Wrangler's ugly-beautiful intensity if had a little more oomph. However, the album isn't a total washout — for every lackluster moment, there's one that connects. "The Vulture" and "Walking With Thee" nearly reach the frenzied, strangely sexy, bottom-dwelling heights (depths?) of Clinic's best work. And beginning with the chilly, hypnotic opener, "Harmony," many of the album's quietest moments are the most compelling. Filmic tracks like "Come Into Our Room" and the dreamy finale "For the Wars" follow suit, though their brooding, stark sound will only strengthen the Radiohead comparisons. There's a lot of promise on Walking With Thee, but nothing here touches the deadpan cool of Internal Wrangler's "The Second Line," the detached poignancy of "Distortion," or the raw energy of "Second Foot Stomp." The band sounds like they're still figuring out how to make the urgency of their previous work jell with a more polished, experimental sound, which makes Walking With Thee not so much a progression or regression as a step sideways. Clinic is still one of the most intriguing acts around, and while this isn't the masterpiece the band has the potential to deliver, an interesting disappointment from them is still better than a successful but boring album from a less-inspired group.

Customer Reviews

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i love them the song the equalisar is in the movie 13!!!!

Great!

This is a great album. There are so many good songs -- The Equaliser, Welcome, Walking With Thee, Mr. Moonlight, etc. They have a unique sound that is quite infectious, but as I listen to the songs, I can hear a little bit of Radiohead, a little bit of the Strokes, and, strangely enough, quite a bit of the Monkees (with Micky Dolenz on lead vocals). Put it all together, and it works! Highly recommended.

Clinic, You Are the Best!

This was maybe one of the best albums of all time! If Clinic was a pet, I'd feed it and take car eof it all the time. Harmony 10/10- Soft, and cold. Like rain. pLus I can play it on the paino; it sounds decent. The Equilaser 10/10- Okay, I really should be giving this a 20 out of 10 because this is the best song ever!!!! Foxxing! Welcome 10/10- I'd disintergrate for Clinic music. Walking With Thee 10/10- Do I really have to say why? Pet Eunuch 10/10- Rock out my follow friends. Mr. Moonlight 10/10- Jazzy and loungy. Pool playing music. Come Into Our Room 10/10- This room has good music. The Vulture 10/10- Scavengers are good. The Bridge 10/10-This took a while to like, it grows on you. Sunlight Bathes Our Home 10/10- Sounds nice. For the Wars 10/10- A good enidng. 1100 out of 1100= 100%= An A+ album. My god, this must be had! The best alternative band from...ever! Walking With Thee must be bought and played over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over agian!!

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Liverpool's art punk four-piece Clinic formed in 1997 out of the ashes of Ade Blackburn and Hartley's previous band, Pure Morning. The duo added Brian Campbell and Carl Turney to the fold and released the thrashy debut single "IPC Sub-Editors Dictate Our Youth" on the group's own Aladdin's Cave of Golf label; it reached number nine in John Peel's Festive 50 singles roundup that year. 1998 saw the release of equally well-received singles like "Cement Mixer" and "Monkey on My Back," which also...
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