God Save The Clientele - The Clientele
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  • Summary: Recorded in Nashville, the UK band's third studio album is slightly peppier and happier than past efforts (for The Clientele, anyway).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
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  1. 88
    This is a new Clientele--very similar to the old; just happier, brighter and, yes, better. [#25, p.98]
  2. This is a pretty modest band, albeit one whose supple melodicism is abetted by layers of detail, and whose songs tend to stick around just long enough to make their mark before gracefully bowing out.
  3. God Save the Clientele sounds like the work of the same band, but it shows them in a new, brighter light, broadened in both sound and outlook. In terms of sonics and tunes, these changes are welcome and logical, expanding upon the sound with which they made their name without sacrificing intimacy or risking coming across overcooked.
  4. For a band who has struggled to make themselves heard and understood, God Save the Clientele may just be the Clientele casting some burdens to the wind, channeling all their adoration for Love and the Television Personalities with clear eyes, clear minds, and louder voices than they ever have before.
  5. This is the sound of a band energized and fearless, starting to savor the precision, to move around a bit within their own tight parameters. [#17, p.83]
  6. God Save the Clientele is a good record: mellow, pretty and, at times, quite fun.
  7. There's nothing to object to and much to admire on God Save The Clientele, but there's also little to celebrate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. strangebluenova
    May 12, 2007
    The mainstream media might choose to continue to overlook this band, especially in the UK, but there's a reason why their fans are unswerving in their loyalty - they know when a group cares as much about music as they do and approach it like an art. And God Save The Clientele is further testimony to that. The professional reviewers might not be so feverish in their praise, but then that's because they insist on bands wanting to be loved, being shallow, apparently 'pressing back the boundaries of new music' and all that rubbish. What you music lover actually really wants, is good music crafted with care, and an artistic statement that isn't just a cash in. And that's why we love The Clientele so much. Thanks to Alasdair and the guys (and girl). Expand
  2. pimpap
    May 10, 2007
    On a par with Strange Geometry, at times unforgettable.
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 11, 2007
    A great follow up to Strange Geometry. This album is just as good, mixing back in the their old tricks, in with all their new tricks learned from Strange Geometry. Expand
  4. MattD.
    May 9, 2007
    Subject to a change to a 10 later - I'm being cautious - but they're like a modern day Bee Gees! I'm comparing them to the Bee Gees' classic rock stuff more than the disco stuff. Meaningful lyrics and striking melodies. Expand
  5. LawrenceP
    May 31, 2007
    Joe L, a 5, come on now, bookshop cassanova is perfect, but all the other tracks are just as good. I think this upbeat and lovely long player is their best yet! Expand
  6. Daniel
    May 21, 2007
    Strange Geo. was a great album. There was so much discovery and wonder, both childlike and uniquely mature. It was subtly profound. That said, God Save The Clientele expands on those successes to varying results. I found some of the more dance-oriented numbers a little out of place. There is a little more pushing of genre here. More noise, more beats, more heavy guitar. There are many beautiful moments here. This is their greatest strength, capturing beauty in the ordinary. While I like it, I think The Clientele is in the midst of a development spurt. Where it leads may be back to where they started. That would be a good thing. God Save The Clientele & Long Live Merge Recors! Expand
  7. JoeL
    May 15, 2007
    Bookshop Cassanova is brilliant, but the rest of the album sounds nothing like it....

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