Visitations - Clinic
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Unfortunately, for those who've been hanging around waiting for Clinic to eclipse its past achievements, Visitations feels like one step forward, too many steps back.
  4. A stunning return to form. [14 Oct 2006, p.35]
  5. Despite the album's failure to forge any radical new ground... Visitations still offers some satisfaction by giving longtime fans exactly the sort of spooky rhythms and cryptic lyrics that made them fall in love with the band in the first place. [#16, p.90]
  6. 80
    Visitations may just be their finest half-hour. [Dec 2006, p.108]
  7. 80
    The result is akin to walking in the woods alone at midnight--both spooky and compelling. [Nov 2006, p.104]
  8. In a scene saturated with predictable guitar bands Clinic are a refreshing alternative, pleasingly unhinged and resolutely refusing to conform to type.
  9. 70
    Visitations occasionally suffers from "too much of a good thing" syndrome. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.77]
  10. 70
    Visitations sounds more alive than anything since 2000's near-classic debut, Internal Wrangler. [Feb 2007, p.82]
  11. A sobering reminder of how frustrating it can be when a talented group become tethered to their established aesthetic. [Feb 2007, p.118]
  12. Most albums become familiar with repeated listens; this just grows more strange.
  13. Visitations is a return to Internal Wrangler's more straightforward form. It's not as revelatory the second time around, but it plays to Clinic's main strength. [Feb 2007, p.57]
  14. With its lushly forbidding soundscapes and enigmatic lyricism, Visitations bears repeated journeys. [2 Feb 2007, p.123]
  15. I still prefer 2004's disreputable "Winchester Cathedral." But this is a proper guitar fix nevertheless. [Feb/Mar 2007]
  16. 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.
  17. 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]
  18. That flair for the undramatic has produced yet another fragile and entrancing record.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

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