• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jan 23, 2007
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. With its lushly forbidding soundscapes and enigmatic lyricism, Visitations bears repeated journeys. [2 Feb 2007, p.123]
  2. I still prefer 2004's disreputable "Winchester Cathedral." But this is a proper guitar fix nevertheless. [Feb/Mar 2007]
  3. Visitations may not be as immediate as Walking with Thee or Winchester Cathedral, but that's exactly what makes it intriguing -- and a welcome return to form.
  4. 80
    Visitations may just be their finest half-hour. [Dec 2006, p.108]
  5. In a scene saturated with predictable guitar bands Clinic are a refreshing alternative, pleasingly unhinged and resolutely refusing to conform to type.
  6. A stunning return to form. [14 Oct 2006, p.35]
  7. 80
    The result is akin to walking in the woods alone at midnight--both spooky and compelling. [Nov 2006, p.104]
  8. By peppering in just enough new tricks to keep things interesting and stepping up the songwriting this time out, Visitations succeeds where Winchester Cathedral failed.
  9. Visitations finds Clinic four albums into their career, but they launch each new tune with the unhinged spirit of a band who are just discovering the power of rock.
  10. Although not quite as towering an achievement as 2002's Grammy-nominated Walking with Thee, Visitations keeps Clinic at the tip of modern popular music's shrinking creative vanguard.
  11. For all the possibilities suggested by their debut album, Clinic are threatening to become the sort of rock band of which you only really need to own one album, and that album remains Internal Wrangler.
  12. Fans will likely be delighted by this release, but anyone else who already owns the first couple of Clinic CDs can content themselves with knowing they’ve got the best entries from the band’s discography.
  13. 70
    Visitations occasionally suffers from "too much of a good thing" syndrome. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.77]
  14. That flair for the undramatic has produced yet another fragile and entrancing record.
  15. 70
    Visitations doesn't produce the novel shock that greeted Clinic's debut single, but it does find new rewards within predictable parameters. [#74, p.94]
  16. 70
    Visitations sounds more alive than anything since 2000's near-classic debut, Internal Wrangler. [Feb 2007, p.82]
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. MelS
    Jan 25, 2007
    9
    Are you in the mood for a fuzzed out punk folk foot stomper (whatever that is)? Well then this is the album for you. Starting the best Are you in the mood for a fuzzed out punk folk foot stomper (whatever that is)? Well then this is the album for you. Starting the best opening song of the year,'Family' (nothing else comes close), Visitations moves at a breakneck speed through wah-wah guitar fuelled ballads, blistering non-intelligible punk thrashers and accoustic death marches and then clocks out as soon as it came barely 30 minutes later. There is no other album like it right now and no other album rewards replays more than this. It seems simple, but these 11 (and 1 intermission) songs will keep you hooked and coming back for months. If you give them the chance. Full Review »
  2. mikes.
    Jan 23, 2007
    6
    the best clinic album to date, it seem they have finally developed their own sound and are out of radiohead's shadow. Good if your into the best clinic album to date, it seem they have finally developed their own sound and are out of radiohead's shadow. Good if your into expreimental music, this release will satisfy Full Review »