Bonfires On The Heath - The Clientele
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  • Summary: The British indie rock band releases its fifth full-length studio album.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
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  1. All in all, for The Clientele this is another great album in what’s getting to be a long line of great albums.
  2. Their finest and most expansive collection to date, and one of the finest pop offerings of 2009, this album takes all their strengths--haunting and sublime.
  3. That flash of a golden moment in between something sparking in the air and fading quickly away is all The Clientele are living for in this batch of heart-breakingly beautiful tunes, and its what Bonfires on the Heath seems to hold in the center of its heart.
  4. Alasdair MacLean's impressionistic imagery doesn't always justify his fondness for repeating himself and, chiefly, it's the wispy guitar and delicate piano surrounding these hushed tales of lost love and half-forgotten reminiscences that renders them mesmerising.
  5. The Clientele aren't vain or foolish enough to try rocking out for a whole album. And even the ersatz shit sounds lush as hell.
  6. Bonfires on the Heath is another shrewd effort for the London based band.
  7. The quartet is at its best when hushed, autumnal and kaleidoscopic. Still, you can’t blame them for trying to push the envelope.

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  1. RemiT.
    Oct 9, 2009
    If you are prepared and willing to go inside yourself for a while, than you will get a huge kick out of this album. If not, you will look at it from the outside and think that most of it is depressing as hell. If you tend for the first option, get prepared to feel the warmth of a lovely room on a rainy thursday afternoon that's filled with talking portraits and revealing memories as a gentle cloud of opium drifts about. Probably their best since Strange Geometry. Expand
  2. PJD
    Oct 10, 2009
    Remi T., your last comment made no sense. It was like you were trying really really hard to sound like a professional critic but you just sound ridiculous. Oh yeah, also this is a pretty good cd. It'll grow on you. Expand