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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B003Y2YZUW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

First things first, Bubblegum is a super title for Clinic’s sixth album. Second things second, the Miles Davis-esque artwork is equally fitting, for Bubblegum is one of Clinic’s most capricious recordings. Offering themselves up fully to the possibilities of pop music in its most open forms has enlivened a playfulness that was previously latent and, thank goodness, they’ve all but ditched the Philips Philicorda whine that grates on some of their earlier records. They are not as fierce or rasping as they once were in sound alone, but that makes for a rather relaxed sort of melodic chaos, equally informed by lounge-pop of the 60s and the garage rock they have referenced in the past. This is, for want a better of a better expression, a right old laugh of a record.

Interestingly, a mutated Stereolab influence comes across at the album’s opening, with I’m Aware oozing a reclined but immediate charm. In fact, things get so gloopy that a gentle love song emerges in the shape of Baby which, in fairness, is quite lovely. This new, soupy fashion cannot last forever, though, and by the time we erupt into Lion Tamer Clinic have fully opened out and let the dark, distorted, rusty scuzz return, with brilliantly entertaining results.

They even have time for a Jarvis Cocker-esque monologue on Radiostory which, with its murk and leaden pace, makes for an involving interlude. As it progresses, Bubblegum easily stands up alongside Clinic’s best work, though anyone with a desperate hankering for their most buzzing and evil guises (live shows often see them performing in trademark medical smocks for added character) might well be left wanting. Softness is an equal weapon to imposing, feral noise – for example, the yearning thud of Evelyn channels an emotional plainness that has been absent from their work until now.

Bubblegum is Clinic at their most approachable and, importantly, shows them to be sharp and direct in their more affecting statements. In the spirit of progression they march on towards a neon-pop future, and hopefully their next effort will see them capitalise on it even further. As long as they don’t jettison too much of their musical grit and grunt, the newness of their lush pop sounds will continue to sound as fresh as it does here.

--Daniel Ross

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By hotrats on 21 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Not as immediate or raucous as their earlier albums. On first listen it
seemed slightly underwhelming. the strength of the songs though soon shine
through with repeated listens.kind of a mix of the velvet underground 3rd lp
and leonard cohen.
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By F. M. Moses - Published on
Format: Audio CD a follower of Clinic since their sophomore release, "Walking With Thee," the band has successfully failed at ever letting me down when it comes to a collage of new tunes. Unfortunately, "Bubblegum," the band's seventh full-length studio album will probably be overlooked by some of the band's earlier fans for the simple fact that it's a mellow embrace of melody rich gems: a far cry from the punchy driven surf-guitar hooks of the past, over-loaded with those 60's style psychedelic organs to pump some mud into the veins til' the listener's going dance-mad...

...ha! "Bubblegum" is no's just as captivating as any piece these young Liverpool lads have released, building upon the ballad side of the "Do it!" catchy rhythms, with a bit more wah-wah guitar pedal & slow-based hooks. "I'm Aware" is among one the bands most beautiful moments ever, while "Linda" abstracts more of Syd Barret's Pink Floyd experimental side of the moon...

...nothing stale here...Clinic moves on without selling out, proving that music can still be an art-form without the corporate mass blind-fold of a ring of radio-friendly tunes or repeating the past of what's already been done ten times and over.
Very good pop Clinic 20 April 2013
By Marikunek - Published on
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Surprisingly easygoing Clinic record. For some it may be a good start to enter the amazing world of Clinic music.
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CRASH! 9 Jan. 2013
By Robert I Morreall - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
So two songs on this album sound extremely overproduced and the rest sound like demos for crappy singles. This was an odd commercial departure for Clinic, although brief. The album following this one--Free Reign--is very good and a definite more athentic Clinic.
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