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
3. Good Clean Fun
4. Finally Free
5. You Can't Have Me
7. I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted
8. Here To Learn
9. Far Away
10. Dreamt That You Died
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