Can Cladders - High Llamas
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  • Summary: Sean O'Hagan's first High Llamas album in four years sticks to his usual script of '60s-influenced pop.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
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  1. It's not a grand departure, just the best album yet by one of the modern-rock era's most loveable bands.
  2. 80
    These articulate odes to pop's past strike the right balance between carefully studied craft and melodic inspiration. [Mar 2007, p.83]
  3. 80
    It's not perfect--you want it to shift up a gear occasionally, or to try different approaches, but the songs are all stuffed with daffy musicality and charm. [Apr 2007, p.102]
  4. As always, Can Cladders is immaculately-produced, with an airy feel that emphasizes the breezy songs.
  5. It's more than a little precious and fluffy for those without kaleidoscope eyes for the stuff, but if this is your bag, you'll know it (and love it). [Apr 2007, p.60]
  6. Tracks like 'Bacaroo' and 'Sailing Bells' deploy the sort of lovely string arrangements that sweep you off your feet and have your knickers on the floor before you even notice your cold bits.
  7. Perhaps due to their prominence, Can Cladders works best when the strings are actually ditched.

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  1. JamesB
    Mar 10, 2007
    God bless, Sean O'Hagan for giving this occasionally jaded listener some sweet melodious relief. "Can Cladders" may not top The High Llamas' masterpiece "Hawaii", but this new album is supremely delicious and wonderful. My favorite tracks are: "The Old Spring Town", "Can Cladders" and "Cove Cutters(Hills and Fields". These tunes are simply amazing, and the rest of this fantastic album is superb. Kudos once again Mr. O'H agan and thank you so much! Expand
  2. SanderV.
    Dec 4, 2007
    Although I believe that Cold & Bouncy is their masterpiece, this one gives me enough good and sweet feelings to play it every dreary Sunday. Sean's music is still the best "feel good music" since Brian Wilson stopped doing his thing. Expand