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  • Summary: This is the first non-instrumental album for the group and features My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, The National's Matt Berninger, and Sufjan Stevens as guest singers. The songs were written in 2005 while Padma Newsome was working in Italy.
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  1. On Creatures, Clogs imagine a graceful space that's always worth revisiting.
  2. Lady Walton contains the most accomplished and varied music Clogs have recorded to date.
  3. They’ll soon become enraptured by what accompanies these highest-of-profile pieces: music that embraces the listener with a silken touch and seduces them with a beguiling beauty that, still, sits prettily beyond the clamour of convenient categorisation.
  4. There are moments of impossible beauty (“Owl of Love”), dense, but structured dissonance (“Adages of Cleansing”), and of course, whimsical, classically minded, indie folk (“On the Edge”), that when consumed all together, feel like a perfectly executed mash-up of Aaron Copland, Dead Can Dance, Bill Frisell, and Shirley Collins.
  5. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden sings on over half of the tracks, and her operatic voice is at times jarringly high. But it’s also soft and masterfully controlled, never distracting from the nuanced soundscapes bobbing in the background.
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    This lavish song cycle, embarcing intricate choral, chamber and post-rock passages, is the feted US/Australian ensemble's first non-instrumental album. [Jul 2010, p.95]
  7. Few bands make their effort appreciated but not felt; Clogs don't squeeze the music too hard, they let it exist on its own.
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