The Clientele God Save the Clientele
- Released: May 8, 2007
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: Merge Records
Spin - p.923 stars out of 5 -- "These Londoners specialize in melancholic, Beatles-esque melodies....'Here Comes The Phantom'...and the disco-inflected 'Bookshop Casanova' are the album's best moments."
Uncut - p.893 stars out of 5 -- "The featherlight guitars and intervals of spoken word are intriguing. 'Bookshop Casanova', sharp as a kitten's claw, is a real pop breakthrough."
Magnet - p.91"[T]here's plenty of shivering tremolo, long-shadow reverb and tempos slowed down to the sound of a single raindrop breaking the surface of a winter lake."
- 1.Here Comes the Phantom
- 2.I Hope I Know You
- 3.Isn't Life Strange?
- 4.The Dance of the Hours
- 5.From Brighton Beach to Santa Monica
- 6.Winter on Victoria Street
- 7.The Queen of Seville
- 8.These Days Nothing But Sunshine
- 9.Somebody Changed
- 10.No Dreams Last Night
- 11.Carnival on 7th Street
- 12.Bookshop Casanova
- 13.The Garden at Night
- 14.Dreams of Leaving
Personnel: Alasdair MacLean (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, Spanish guitar); Lupe N£¤ez-Fern ndez (vocals, background vocals); Hornsey, Keen, Maclean (vocals); Pat Sansone (acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, piano, background vocals); Pete Finney (pedal steel guitar); Mel Draisey (violin, piano, organ, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Geraldine Bereen, Elenaor Gilchrist, Geraldine Berreen, Eleanor Gilchrist (violin); Teresa Whipple (viola); Abigail Trundle (cello); Mark Keen (piano, drums, tambourine, percussion, background vocals); Tony Crow (synthesizer); James Hornsey (bass instrument); Mark Nevers (unknown instrument); Louis Philippe (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Brian O'Shaughnessy .
Recording information: Bark Studio, London, England (09/2006-11/2006); Beach House, Nashville, TN (09/2006-11/2006); Regal Lane Studios, London, England (09/2006-11/2006).
Photographer: Andy Willsher.
On their third full-length album, the Clientele dial back on the overt 1960s influences of their first two albums to include some slightly more contemporaneous references. The resulting album, GOD SAVE THE CLIENTELE, crosses the band's trademark sunshiny pop tunes with some echoes of contemporaries like Of Montreal, the Apples in Stereo, and Lambchop, whose Mark Nevers produces here. Bits of 1970s-style country rock infiltrate the Scottish popsters' tunes here and there, as on the opening "Here Comes the Phantom" and the aching "No Dreams Last Night," while the psychedelic, largely whispered "The Dance of the Hours" and the dramatic "The Garden At Night" emphasize the Clientele's often hidden trippy side.
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