Bubblegum - Clinic
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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.
  • 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. Positive: 12 out of 17
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  1. In spite of the obvious artiness, Clinic's music has a lived-in warmth that matches its skill.
  2. It's nice to have some consistency in the world, and if Clinic doesn't rewrite their songbook with each album, that's all right. Bubblegum will lull away your complaints.
  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. Look, this isn't a Clinic record that's gonna convert anyone not already checked-in, but it is another encouraging move, proving that the band is not content to stagnate in the confines of its sound.
  5. 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.
  6. Bubblegum may be the sound of growth, but its progress is directed in a strangely traditional direction for a band formerly disinterested in such ordinariness.
  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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