Walking With Thee


Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Clinic is still one of the most intriguing acts around, and while this isn't the masterpiece the band has the potential to deliver, an interesting disappointment from them is still better than a successful but boring album from a less-inspired group.
  2. This is an album of controlled kinetics and clockwork alignments, of bonding repetition and mindful invention; where words poke and play, bubble and pop, echo and disturbingly hang.
  3. Walking with Thee is neither an album of triumph nor of disappointment.
  4. Uncut
    A cleaner operation than their previous LP, but no less unorthodox. [Apr 2002, p.95]
  5. There's something rather pinched and prescribed about this weirdness.
  6. Mojo
    Clinic just aren't as sinister as they first seem. They're damaged, but friendly and worth visiting. [Mar 2002, p.105]
  7. 'Walking With Thee' is barely forty minutes in length, but feels about half that length - not because it flies by, but because throughout, it barely feels substantial.
  8. The album is so like last year's terrific Internal Wrangler that it feels more like a companion than a sequel.
  9. Spin
    Clinic remember that Britpop is supposed to be fun. [Mar 2002, p.127]
  10. A major step forward, with complete songs built around a rhythmic pulse that owes nothing to modern dance-music conventions but would still sound spectacular in a sweaty club.
  11. Alternative Press
    Clinic have evolved from a set of brilliantly mixed parts into a distinctive whole to be reckoned with. [Apr 2002, p.71]
  12. Blender
    An accessible art-punk collection. [Apr/May 2002, p.112]
  13. Great albums are great from the very first note, and the first 10 seconds of Walking With Thee will stop you dead in your tracks.
  14. Walking With Thee feels more like a transition record than a definitive statement in its own right.
  15. Imagine an album programmed by a focus group of John Peel fanatics.
  16. 'Walking With Thee' is a smoothed-over cacophony where the surreal meets the jovial and declares it an octagonal fish - deadly seriousness with a hint of smirk.
  17. For all of Walking with Thee's obvious musical accomplishments, its most impressive facet is the ability to transcend all the hype, hoopla and haranguing surrounding its release.
  18. 100
    Just like the architects behind Kid A, they take all these creepy elements and make something totally excellent.
  19. Walking With Thee isn't a rehashing of last year's Internal Wrangler; it's actually an inferior version of it.
  20. 60
    While the band's sound is unique, too many of the remaining ten songs play like slight variations of each other, and few of them stick.
  21. The disc as a whole has sort of an austere quality that lets some of the fun out of the sails.
  22. Sure, the songs are short, fast and catchy, but Clinic isn't filling prescriptions for ear candy; the music cuts into you with a desolate, sarcastic, scalpel-sharp edge.
  23. It's the unsettling undercurrent of angst and unease with the modern world that's earning this group comparisons to the favorite art punks of the moment, Radiohead. But Clinic's songs are much less static and harshly digital, and much more groove-oriented.
  24. Resonance
    A modern testament to what pop savvy, a good record collection and a frustrated libido can accomplish. [#34, p.68]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. BobR
    Nov 11, 2007
    Phucking brilliant.
  2. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    It's simply "Internal Wranger" part two--a near-identical sequel with a bigger budget but less heart.
  3. DavidC
    Jul 10, 2003
    My observation: those already familiar with Clinic were somewhat dissapointed with this release, while those who discovered Clinic with My observation: those already familiar with Clinic were somewhat dissapointed with this release, while those who discovered Clinic with Walking With Thee were enthralled. I got both at the same time and was blown away, and found this release every bit as hypnotically brilliant as Internal Wrangler. I strongly recommend both to any true music lover. Full Review »