Do It!

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Do It! finds Clinic getting curiouser and curiouser, but that's the direction that suits them best.
  2. Unless you're a big fan of the group, though, you'll probably find Do It! more than a little frustrating.
  3. Alternative Press
    The fifth disc in this succession proves Clinic never skip a beat or miss a step. [June 2008, p.134]
  4. 60
    On their fifth album, they crack the window, slow the motor (except on 'Shopping Bag,' a jazz-punk binge and purge) and take side trips into primeval glades where runic rites are conducted on acoustic guitars.
  5. No song is longer than three minutes and 30 seconds, and the band seems to be on a mission to get in, do it, and get out. It's that attitude that keeps Clinic a fixture, with an unsettling, enjoyable addition to its repertoire to boot.
  6. Do It! is about as radical as Clinic seem capable of, which is to say that they finally seem smothered by the borders they’ve set for themselves.
  7. Do It is simply a case of Clinic once again doing what they do best; but with a new-found vigour that rediscovers the confident swagger of earlier releases while building upon realms explored on later excursions.
  8. It’s nothing new and it’s nothing scary, but its renewed vigor is encouraging.
  9. If you pardon our French, Clinic’s fifth album is pretty fucked up--and yet it's also their best effort to date.
  10. Magnet
    Do It! is accessible enough to appeal to both curious indie-pop fans and avant musos without an obscurantist chip in their shoulders. [Summer 2008, p.98]
  11. Mojo
    It's the kind of inimitably throbbing slice of neo-psychedelic unease they've knocked out with biennial constancy since 1999's Internal Wrangler. [May 2008, p.109]
  12. Far from being a band at a crossroads, as might have been implicated around the release of "Funf," they reaffirm themselves here as one of our unsung independent music gems.
  13. Yet, while it's unlikely that the previously familiar will be suddenly converted by these endeavours, it wouldn't be strictly fair to say that there's not the occasional hint of a broadened palette on display here.
  14. Clinic play with a renewed sense of the same eerie raucousness that drew people to them in the first place; this would be an easy second-album recommendation for a new fan after they've initially discovered and absorbed "Internal Wrangler."
  15. Do It! is a mediocre album, and further cements Clinic’s status as a retro novelty band.
  16. Q Magazine
    Uniquely weird, as usual. [May 2008, p.130]
  17. After five albums in just eight years, you could accuse Clinic of being one-note, but in an indie world besotted with cheap revivalism, at least you can't call them a gimmick.
  18. Spin
    The result is some of the loosest, most facinating music of their career. [Apr 2008, p.92]
  19. Do It! simply adds another 30 minutes to Clinic's quest to keep playing the perfect sound forever. With a sound as arresting as this, it's hard to fault them for not branching out more.
  20. Do It! is rarely dull. Uninspired? Yes. But it’s never dull.
  21. Uncut
    Main;y, though, we leave Clinic where we always find them: nervously pacing the room, waiting for something to happen. [May 2007, p.92]
  22. Under The Radar
    Clinic has returned to making music that feels limitless. [Spring 2008, p.7]
  23. Do It! is the first Clinic record that seems assembled from bits of old Clinic records, its personality the result of combined ideas rather than new ones.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. LukeP.
    Apr 10, 2008
    It's already my favorite album of the year! The best since Walking With Thee!