Amber - Clearlake
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  • Summary: The third album for the British band (now down to three members) was co-produced by Steve Osborne and Jim Abbiss along with Clearlake frontman Jason Pegg.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. One of the most striking Brit-rock step-ups since Radiohead got The Bends. [17 Feb 2006, p.79]
  2. Clearlake have headed into deeper, darker waters. [Feb 2006, p.101]
  3. 80
    The band's most persuasive album. [Feb 2006, p.92]
  4. 70
    Think early Blur, without the cynicism. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  5. They seem to be focusing so hard on making a more danceable album that they sometimes forget to just let loose to enjoy themselves. [#12, p.90]
  6. 60
    The band occasionally lapse into easy irony and cheap spite. [Mar 2006, p.110]
  7. 40
    Their third album sees them toughening up some, with much of their whimsical dreaminess tramped underfoot in their seeming desire to become a more conventional, NME-friendly, rock band. [Feb 2006, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. ThomasC
    Feb 18, 2006
    9
    Music for me is heavily based on the album itself. For me this is one of those albums that stands out on its toes and points its wicked little fingers out at you... hearing Clearlake's Amber for me was like discovering Modest Mouse for the first time. A secret treasure....waiting to be stumbled upon. A must have for my collection! Expand
  2. jamesl
    Feb 6, 2006
    9
    Clearlake has released the first great album of 2006.
  3. BenC
    Feb 3, 2006
    8
    Some instant hits, together with some growers make for a 10 out 12 net result for me, which ain't bad at all. You should give this one a go.
  4. Matt
    Feb 24, 2006
    8
    Their best collection of songs. Would've given it 9 out of 10 but the qulaity of the sound engineering is not as good as it should've been. If Electric Soft Parade can do it in their bedroom, bloody Jim Abbiss should be able to! Expand