Cedars - Clearlake
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  • Summary: This sophomore LP (and U.S. debut) for the English band was produced by the Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. Throughout Cedars, Clearlake continually find beauty in melancholy and melancholy behind beauty, while raising your hairs in reverence with occasional guitar squalls.
  2. This is one of the most unique, inviting, and ultimately thrilling song cycles released this year.
  3. While Cedars probably won’t appeal to listeners not already immersed in the Britpop canon; it will likely prove rather impressive to those who are.
  4. 'Cedars' is a record of huge maturity - witty, often quite sad, occasionally perverse, but hugely charming nonetheless.
  5. Are you worn out by your Travis and Coldplay CD's? In the market for some new Brit-Pop? Clearlake creates songs with equally appealing melodies to the aforementioned bands, while eschewing the relentlessly anthemic quality that occasionally mires the genre.
  6. It's not as cheeky as Pulp and not nearly as abrasive as British Sea Power; however, Clearlake is equally provocative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Mr.Nice
    Feb 2, 2005
    This is one of those albums that you can play repeatedly, finding new nuggets of beauty each time. Simon Raymonde's production is flawless.
  2. MattT
    Dec 24, 2003
    From desperation to hope and back again throughout the record. A nice but forboding listen throughout.
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Jun 8, 2004
    British goth-pop that's a little silly, but delivers some memorable hooks--"Almost The Same" is one of my favorite songs of the last year.