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Amber

Clearlake Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000C848BW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Kind Of Life
2. Neon
3. Good Clean Fun
4. Finally Free
5. You Canít Have Me
6. Amber
7. I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted
8. Here To Learn
9. Far Away
10. Dreamt That You Died
11. Widescreen
12. Its Getting Light Outside

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The mention of Clearlake might prompt memories of a time before Franz Ferdinand turned the world superfantastiche, but on their third album, Amber, these Sussex indie stalwarts are keen to prove they’re anything but yesterday’s men. "No Kind Of Life" lights the touchpaper, a rush of heart-pounding melancholy embellished with sparking, flinty guitars, vocalist Jason Pegg intoning "You rely on someone else to make you feel alright/As far as I’m concerned that’s no kind of life" with an urgency and determination that belies Clearlake’s fey reputation. But perhaps the most intriguing thing about Amber is just how hard it is to discern the influences that comprise the precise, artisan-crafted songs that lay within. The hooky "Finally Free" is a curious synthesis of Blur’s tuneful angularity and trippy, parallel-dimension Merseybeat, while the hushed title track sees Pegg’s heartbroken vocal accompanied only by a sombre swoop of cello and the quiet chimes of a music box. Perhaps it’s easiest to forget all reference points and just immerse yourself in Clearlake’s spirit of outsider Englishness: take 'Neon', a passionate disavowal of corporate nightlife and high-street consumerism born along gutter-dredging rock riff and the squawk of blues harmonica.--Louis Pattison

Product Description

CD Domino Recording Company Ltd., WIGCD152, 2006 12 Track

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
'Amber' is Clearlake's third album, produced over a few years and in several studios. Its predecessors, the twee 'Lido' followed by the sombre, dark 'Cedars' have laid the groundwork for a perfect offering.
'Amber' commences with merciless drums and guitars in "No Kind of Life", setting the agenda of an album which will not hold back - "Neon" is a stomping track which will get even the most stolid music snob nodding along to the beat. The title track, "Amber", features the best cello score since the work of Nick Drake. The album goes from angry frustration ["I Hate it That I Got What I Wanted"] to despair ["Dreamt That You Died"], but manages to tread a line which makes the album well structured and less overbearing than the respective tweeness and darkness of Clearlake's earlier works.
Once again, Domino recording co. has allowed a superb band to develop freely and create a work of sublime musical talent. It would be a crime for 'Amber' to be outside the top 10 of albums released this year, regardless of the big-name releases in the upcoming 12 months. This is one album you will repeatedly come back to, and will satiate hardened Clearlake residents and newcomers alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amber Gambler 23 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Got both Arctic Monkeys and Clearlakes new offering this morning. Perhaps Im getting old, but Clearlakes new album shows what a mature band they really have become; Compared with Arctic Monkeys, which is good (if not predictable) this is just brilliant. With new harder edged guitars and Mr Peggs usual brilliance this album shines! 'Neon' is just genius as is 'Widescreen'. For anyone who has sat up at a party for longer than they should with someone they shouldn't, the last track of the album (It's getting light outside) will ring a few bells!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NECTAR 25 Jun 2012
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My Album Of The Year 2012. Except that it came out in 2006.

How I missed these guys I'll never know, but fall under my radar they did. Thanks probably to Coldplay who emerged at roughly the same time and swept all before them. However, after a lucky accident and a hefty catchup on YouTube, I can say without any hesitation that CLEARLAKE's third album, AMBER, has locked itself onto my longterm musical tastebuds with almost perfect ease, if not timing. Lyrically, they're also smart cookies. Take, for example, the opener NO KIND OF LIFE; it's just two lines...

You rely on someone else to make you feel alright.
As far as I'm concerned that's no kind of life.

...and it works. Neither boring, nor repetitive, it's simply a great song. As are the majority on the album. Only two tracks left me cold (7: I HATE IT THAT I GOT WHAT I WANTED & 10: DREAMT THAT YOU DIED). Especially 10. But that's just me, the remainder are pure nectar. Heavy and memorable with a 'Deep South' mouth-organ intro, NEON is THE standout, very closely followed by Blur-like rocker FINALLY FREE. And the unexpected, subtle beauty of YOU CAN'T HAVE ME shows a band of considerable depth and maturity, more than capable of holding its own. IT'S GETTING LIGHT OUTSIDE is the textbook definition of jaunty - hideous adjective but lovely number.

1. No Kind Of Life
2. Neon
3. Good Clean Fun
4. Finally Free
5. You Can't Have Me
6. Amber
7. I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted
8. Here To Learn
9. Far Away
10. Dreamt That You Died
11. Widescreen
12. Its Getting Light Outside

Do check out the first two albums, LIDO and CEDARS - both excellent, though not quite fully formed - then you can trace the evolutionary path to the marvellous, definitive AMBER.

Indie pop/rock at it's finest. I just had to wait six years.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 22 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I don't buy many albums now. But the radio has helped me in that fact, and when

I hear a good song, I usually buy the album. The norwegian radio "NRK p3" played

Clearlake's Amber, and I fell in love with the song right away. It took a while for the record store to get it, as they had to order.

So I had forgotten about my experience with "amber", because it took several weeks.

I suddenly got a phone call, from a guy called "Karl" and he told me: "We now have the album from Clearlake." I went and bought it, not remembering why I had

ordered it.

This album is one of the best albums I've ever heard,

and I have over 800 CD's. I can't remember a musical experience like this since

Live - Throwing Copper. I still remember my hairs on my back raising tenfold,

when I again heard the song amber. All songs are great!

All songs are different! What a wonderful experience!! Clearlake show they master a variaty of different styles of music, with guitar and great vocals at hand. Great stuff! Thank you Clearlake,

your music brightens my day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars deserve to be much better known 27 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
An ambitious album, full of a kind of trippy grandeur. Occasionally they sound like a heavy Byrds, sometimes it's a bit power-poppy - but mostly it's an album of killer tunes, with bite, passion, ambition and great guitar work. They have been really overlooked in the rush to crown the Arctic Monkeys and others of their ilk. This is their third album, but they're still playing tiny venues. That's great news for those of us who enjoy seeing great bands in tiny venues, but it's a damn shame they haven't received more acclaim.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pub antics
Great 3rd album and a good buy. Saw them share the bill at a gig with British Sea Power some years back and these chaps were streets ahead in every department.
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by L. Mayhew
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps it's just me.....
Or am I an infinite champion of a lost cause? Having grown up thriving on "cult" bands such as The Associates,XTC,Microdisney,Psychedelic Furs etc etc... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2007 by bish
4.0 out of 5 stars Three albums in and still producing great music
I sometimes worry about bands with unique styles that it isn't sustainable (e.g Starsailor - not bad, just no longer interesting). Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2007 by M. J. Bryan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sold on this offering
I notice that many of the reviews for this album have been very positive. I unfortunately do not share these views. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2006 by Stan-01
5.0 out of 5 stars Will be difficult to find a better album this year
Absolutely outstanding third album from Clearlake. Whilst the last 2 albums were fine attempts to breakthrough, this just glows with quality. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2006 by Stafford Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amber: third time lucky?
It's been a long wait for this album as its predecessor, Cedars, was released in 2003 and Amber has therefore been a long time in the making. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2006 by "sueg395"
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn near perfect
Clearlake’s third long player brings fresh evidence of the development of one of the UK’s best bands. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars About time they got the recognition they deserved...
This is Clearlake's third album, and by some distance the most 'in your face' of the lot. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2006 by Mr. D. Tichborne
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