The Violet Hour - The Clientele
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  • Summary: The London-based band follow their singles collection ('Suburban Light') with this, their first true studio LP, which continues their hazy, 60s-influenced sound developed in those earlier songs.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. As impressive as the early singles were, the material on The Violet Hour is often commensurate, sometimes superior.
  2. It's rare that a band can recreate such a broad measure of emotions with such a soft palette.
  3. 90
    This is surely one of the most magical pop albums of 2003. [Sep 2003, p.112]
  4. The Clientele’s debut album offers consistently strong melodies, excellent playing, occasional surprise, and a taste for more.
  5. Every so often a record pops up that seems to exist in some alien world, unscathed by hipster fads and driven forward only by its own gorgeous mindset. With 'The Violet Hour', The Clientele have made a beautifully haunting album of music to take drugs to make music to take drugs to.
  6. 70
    Some may bemoan the lack of scope in these hushed meditations.... But more will find comfort in the warm surrender of The Clientele's aesthetic. [Sep 2003, p.113]
  7. They're so busy crafting the perfect pop song... that they've made a uniformly dull album. [Sep 2003, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. otoniel
    May 16, 2005
    10
    This is the perfect dream pop album to make love to.
  2. marcusl
    Jan 4, 2004
    10
    Simply an excellent work... These guys have produced a beautiful album - evocative, melodic, powerful... Wish there were more bands with such talent.
  3. DarrylD
    May 5, 2005
    10
    The lusty gloom is not even alieviated by the elegance of diction.
  4. Ryan
    Sep 24, 2003
    9
    The record is brilliant - What's not to like about an easy listening record with edge? I say it's been too long since mellow indie The record is brilliant - What's not to like about an easy listening record with edge? I say it's been too long since mellow indie has had a break from Nick Drake covers Expand
  5. spezmcd
    Mar 4, 2004
    9
    Great, summer music
  6. JacquesDerrida
    Jun 1, 2005
    8
    A virtually perfect mood album. The hazy vocals and languid guitar combine for a sound that, while not overly inventive, is distinct in its A virtually perfect mood album. The hazy vocals and languid guitar combine for a sound that, while not overly inventive, is distinct in its own right. Think Belle and Sebastian with more distortion. Can't wait for their next offering. Expand
  7. samuelr
    Aug 23, 2005
    3
    Too caught up in creating a general sound than decent sounding songs

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