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  • Summary: The band's sixth album is inventive and dreamy, shifting in sounds using strings, harpsichords, and dulcimers to combine its psychedelic lullabies with folk rock.
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  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  1. In spite of the obvious artiness, Clinic's music has a lived-in warmth that matches its skill.
  2. Bubblegum is Clinic at their most approachable and, importantly, shows them to be sharp and direct in their more affecting statements.
  3. It's definitely a change from Clinic's brash art-punk and wicked folk, but it's one the band had to make to keep their music vital. Fortunately, Bubblegum's sound is so inviting that it sticks.
  4. If you've embraced Clinic's reverberating panache for the past ten years, there's no reason to dislike Bubblegum's peculiar fabric. This is the sound of a unit that still has no intention in keeping up with the times, delivering more of what they do best with an already proven track record.
  5. 70
    The title of Clinic's sixth album cheekily nods to the surgical-masked Brits' current, revamped sound--a softer spin on indie pop with their usual gritty agitation almost completely scrubbed away.
  6. Q Magazine
    Clinic have performed a remarkable metamorphosis for the melodic, dreamlike Bubblegum. [Nov. 2010, p. 106]
  7. It's far from bad, but if you're still waiting for a Clinic record as great as the utterly seminal Internal Wrangler, keep waiting, and probably don't hold your breath.

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