Strange Geometry - The Clientele
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  • Summary: Brian O'Shaughnessy produced the atmospheric UK band's second studio album.
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  1. A hauntingly beautiful album with tender, melodic pop arrangements that really make a lasting impression.
  2. The slight nods to accessibility and the decreased stylization might disappoint some of the faithful at first, but Strange Geometry grows more appealing with repeated listening.
  3. The restraint the whole band shows, on this, their most finished and instantly effective album, becomes something more than respectable: the Clientele’s commitment to their own sound has crystallized into something almost wonderful.
  4. A more satisfying disc than its predecessors.
  5. Strange Geometry is something special to listen to; it feels like an album to treat yourself to as a reward for lovely deeds.
  6. The Clientele have crafted another lovely batch of tunes, perfect for autumnal introspection and wintry solitude -- but somehow it doesn't seem like enough.
  7. An album that lacks the band’s trademark ebb and flow, Strange Geometry is just plain inferior to the Clientele’s previous work.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 2, 2007
    10
    I have been waiting for an album like this since the 60s ended.
  2. DarrylD
    Nov 22, 2005
    10
    Have you ever run your open palm against fresh velvet? The sheen, the soft skin massage, the lush invitation to send more of your flesh its Have you ever run your open palm against fresh velvet? The sheen, the soft skin massage, the lush invitation to send more of your flesh its way. Well, your ears deserve some of the action...via alexander palace. Expand
  3. JC
    Jan 1, 2006
    10
    The track bookends sum up the album: 'Since K Got Over Me' was single of the year. 'Six of Spades' contains a melody most The track bookends sum up the album: 'Since K Got Over Me' was single of the year. 'Six of Spades' contains a melody most other songwriters would repeat over and over to milk and convince you it is brilliant. The Clientele use it sparingly, so the song breaks up into a cloud of organs, leaving the listener wanting to repeat the whole album, just to earn this moment again. Expand
  4. daxr
    Oct 14, 2005
    9
    i've been a fan of the clientele for about four years or so, and was really enthralled with many of the early singles, and then i've been a fan of the clientele for about four years or so, and was really enthralled with many of the early singles, and then wasn't as excited about and was a little let down by the violet hour. i forgot about them entirely until the other day when i found out they were releasing a new record. this is it, people. a great record. it cuts down the reverb on alasdair mclean's vocals a bit, which helps the accessibility of the sound. the songs are just great. Expand
  5. Drea
    Nov 5, 2005
    9
    What is enchanting about this albums is that it's such a great one to listen to during windy, cold long fall evenings.. It creates a What is enchanting about this albums is that it's such a great one to listen to during windy, cold long fall evenings.. It creates a special, warm and melancholic atmosphere that you could share around with anyone - a stranger, best friend or just for yourself. Expand
  6. DavidR
    Oct 15, 2005
    9
    This band has perfected their little drugged out, late 60s pop sound on this album. Great for lazy days where all you want to do is drift in This band has perfected their little drugged out, late 60s pop sound on this album. Great for lazy days where all you want to do is drift in and out of a blissful sleep. Expand
  7. lovers
    Oct 28, 2005
    4
    While I'm big fan of absolutely magical Suburban Light compilation, both Clientele's studio albums do nothing for me, especially While I'm big fan of absolutely magical Suburban Light compilation, both Clientele's studio albums do nothing for me, especially this latest one. Magic has long time gone, as they say. Expand

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