Lantern - Clogs
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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the improvisational, instrumental, genre-defying four-piece, which shares a guitarist (Bryce Dessner) with The National.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. Exceptionally beautiful and assured.
  2. If this is your first exposure to Clogs, you've picked a fantastic time to become acquainted.
  3. The best approach here is to set aside genre delineations (who needs 'em?) and simply surrender.
  4. They capture and transform generic ideas about space and environment in ways beyond the grasp of most bands. Sadly, this approach limits their accessibility; even so, theirs is a world well worth, at least, a visit.
  5. It may never fly in the conservatory, but the music of Clogs is sure to make the bar set feel a little more cultured.
  6. There's no denying its stout hart. [Apr 2006, p.113]
  7. Particularly in the lugubrious opening half of the disc, Clogs tends to repeat things simply for the sake of repeating them without really building towards anything.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. JohnB
    Feb 17, 2006
    10
    A contemporary work of magic, capturing the essence of beauty in music.
  2. DaveD
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    Wow!
  3. Dan
    May 4, 2006
    9
    I know very little about The National, but I do know about the Clogs. And I like the Clogs. This one tops the excellant Stick Music.
  4. scottb
    Feb 17, 2006
    8
    beautiful neo-classical album that blends classical and jazz elements wonderfully.
  5. sandeno
    Mar 5, 2006
    8
    Marvellous instrumental album. Better than anything with a voice so far this year.