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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10