Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. As with their last two albums, Clinging to a Scheme stands to further expand the Radio Dept.'s cult. Economy has never been an issue for the band, but here, things are further tightened up.
  2. Clinging to a Scheme feels more haphazard, more Revolver (1965) than Abbey Road (1969) as it goes from searing ambience (“A Token of Gratitude”) to the thicker-figured dance tracks. The album leaves you wanting more--whether this is for better or worse is one question you’ll have to answer for yourself.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 2, 2014
    10
    Clinging To A Scheme is responsible for being one of the most fun pieces I have ever heard, assuring I make a fool of myself when I hum orClinging To A Scheme is responsible for being one of the most fun pieces I have ever heard, assuring I make a fool of myself when I hum or even sing along with Johan during class, and being one of my personal favorite albums of all time. I find myself drifting away into a world full of nostalgic melodies and catchy hooks. The Instrumentation is completely flawless, everything is in it's proper place. The way that the 10 songs on this album are arranged weather it's the drums, guitars, vocals, keyboards, or even speaking samples never fails to blow me away. I feel like this is an essential album for anyone that enjoys easy-going music of any kind. Just a wonderful perfect project that has made a big impact on the music I listen to. Full Review »
  2. AlbertoF.
    Apr 26, 2010
    10
    It's so soft, so beautiful... just perfect, the Thurstoon Moore's sample is so awesome too.