God Save The Clientele

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: May 8, 2007
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Filter
    88
    This is a new Clientele--very similar to the old; just happier, brighter and, yes, better. [#25, p.98]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. God Save the Clientele is another stroke of magic from a band that has few peers in delivering music that can make or break your heart with a vocal inflection, swath of strings, or gentle arpeggio, music that can devastate you in one breath and lift you to the heavens with the next.
  5. God Save the Clientele is more of the same for the group’s fans, who will find the record near-faultless.
  6. It cements the Clientele as one of the best pop bands around today.
  7. While there isn’t a song that will stick out immediately such as “When K Got Over Me” or “I Can’t Seem To Make You Mine” there are plenty of songs that will find themselves ingrained in your memory long after a listen.
  8. 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.
  9. Under The Radar
    70
    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]
  10. Billboard
    70
    A number of songs significantly pick up the pace for a change. [12 May 2007]
  11. God Save the Clientele is a good record: mellow, pretty and, at times, quite fun.
  12. Even when the songs run together, the blur’s pleasant and comforting.
  13. It's lacking the melancholic darkness that added substance to Strange Geometry.
  14. Spin
    60
    [It] succeeds best when it shakes off the doldrums. [Jun 2007, p.92]
  15. There's nothing to object to and much to admire on God Save The Clientele, but there's also little to celebrate.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. DaveF.
    Feb 27, 2008
    9
    Just a gorgeous, richly melodic album full of beauty and inspired song writing.
  2. MichaelS.
    Aug 28, 2007
    5
    extremely boring. don't know why they bothered making it. not worth anybody's time. their most useless album to date.
  3. LaunceR.
    Jun 9, 2007
    9
    This is simply beautiful. The deceptively straightforward melodies are wonderfully enriched with instrumental staples of American country This is simply beautiful. The deceptively straightforward melodies are wonderfully enriched with instrumental staples of American country music. One would suspect a crossover effect from label mates Lambchop -- but The Clientele continues to embrace a traditional pop song structure more than the countrypolitan mainstays, and that's a good thing. I love these guys. What are the chances they will ever play Las Vegas? Slim drifting towards none, probably. Full Review »