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Strange Geometry [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

Clientele, amor de dias Vinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (31 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Pointy
  • ASIN: B000AXW50U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour 20 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I couldn't disagree more with the as yet only other review of this wonderful record: far from being not up to the band's earlier efforts, I actually think that STRANGE GEOMETRY is their finest hour. The songs are as beautiful, diffuse and ethereal as ever, but the production on this album is what makes it stand apart from SUBURBAN LIGHT and THE VIOLET HOUR - it's so fresh and rich and it adds to their sound a real muscularity - not a word you'd normally associate with The Clientele.

I have loved this band and their sixties-drenched London lovelorn tales for some time, but I've always felt they were a kind of distant love - something that you couldn't quite penetrate or get close to. With the strength of STRANGE GEOMETRY, that has changed. It's their finest hour and if you haven't yet discovered this band, you would be a feel to resist their charms any longer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars has a special place in my heart 27 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful record and a vast leap on from their previous "The Violet Hour" especially in terms of the sound which is far superior but also the songs, while on the surface quite similar to the last record seem to have more depth and beauty to them and the quality never really falls down at any stage. Fans of folk rock especially Simon & Garfunkel, I urge you to buy this record as it will give you a warm glow on a Winters Afternoon or could accompany any hot summer night. Fabulous
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great band, slightly disappointing album 7 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you have never heard of The Clientele then I think you would find yourself pleasantly surprised by this slice of blissed out indie guitar pop. A relatively obscure band in the UK, reasons for which continue to baffle me as they are a great band with a catalogue of killer songs.
The Clientele's sound acknowledges its late 60's West Coast US influences yet manages to bring this up to date. An almost ethereal sound in places with shimmering guitars and breathy vocals overlaying the sort of tunes that many of the currently hyped NME bands would die for.
The reason for only 3 stars? It's simply not quite as good as their previous two albums and the songs haven't got stronger; for example Six of Spades covers very similar ground musically to Policeman Getting Lost but doesn't surpass it. I would say tracks like EMPTY, My Own Face in the Trees and Since K got Over Me would be on my iPod best of playlist but the rest would be nudged out by earlier work.
I have had this album a while now and it has grown on me, don't get me wrong there are some very fine songs on here. I found the addition of the string section a let down too; it could have been so much better and an enhancement to the songs - I would suggest the band seek guidance from Belle & Sebastian on the incorporation of strings into their sound as it misfires here, I'm not sure the hand of Louis Philippe added anything at all.
Overall, check out the band and try this album out; the previous two are better and I do hope there is a great deal more to come from The Clientele as I really do like them. They do need to up their game to make a breakthrough through to reach into a wider audience though. And, I would suggest they exercise greater quality control over some of the songs and production to allow this to happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Sep 2014
By Lisa
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As described. Very happy
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars their best yet 18 Oct 2005
By wordtron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
what you get is more of that clientele sound -- nostalgic and melancholic, autumnal, romantic, painterly -- but improved by less reverb and cleaner, sharper production values, tasteful application of strings, and more melodic and tempo variation. kind of a poppier and less sexy tindersticks, or like being slightly depressed on a rainy day in your third year of college, flipping through a monograph of magritte, smoking your last cigarette, thinking about the night before...
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if it ain't broke... 13 Oct 2005
By M. Lohrke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i find it somewhat difficult to be remain objective when discussing the clientele--i simply adore this band. when people ask me 'what do they sound like' they're one of two bands for which i simply can't find a reference point (the arcade fire being the other). the clientele is band that sounds like nothing you've heard before, yet somehow familiar at the same time.

'strange geometry' bears more resemblence to 'suburban light' than to its predecessor, 'the violet hour.' even though 'suburban light' was a collection of singles, tracks from e.p.'s, etc, it was thoroughly cohesive album. each track seemed cut from the same cloth. 'the violet hour,' (the first proper l.p.) while evoking a similar atmospheric aesthetic, was less immediate, less engaging the 'suburban light.' 'strange geometry's' lead track and first single, 'since k got over me' is vintage clientele--slightly reverbed/delayed guitars, airy vocals, walking basslines. it's a song that would've fit nicely on 'suburban light.' (and better than any track on 'the violet hour'). this similarity, i think, is part of the clientele's appeal: you know exactly what you're getting, but despite that knowledge, you're never disappointed because it's such a unique and beautiful sound. and it seems so apropros to release this album in october because the clientele are very much an autumnal band.

the majority of the album's track are, in fact, steeped in autumnal atmosphere. as i mentioned on my review of 'suburban light,' the clientele sound sucked straight out of 1967 london. it's all about golden hues, gray skies, turning leaves, sunrises and sunsets, silhouettes, flowers, gardens, ivy, butterflies, and faded photographs. yet they pull it off. in lesser hands, the clientele might sound contrived and pretentious. thankfully alasdair maclean's vocal delivery is beguiling and compelling. he's a fine, fine vocalist, unique in every way. and as musicians the band are top notch. don't listen to the clientele casually, for there's some pretty complex arrangements within the songs--a testament to their song writing abilities. it's not easy to write complex songs that sound so darned pleasing to the ear. and it's particularly nice to hear louis phillipe's restrained string arrangements on the album. it gives the album an added depth and complexity without burdening the songs.

it's a shame the clientele don't have a wider audience. during the first half of the decade they've released some of the most beautiful, contemplative, emotive and original music i've ever heard. i simply can't get enough of them. as i said, i can't really be totally objective, but this already ranks as one of my top three albums of 2005. buy it. it will rank high on your list, too.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know the other albums 10 Jan 2006
By V - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
but I really like this album. bought it after briefly listening to it at a store, but didn't 'get it' until i put it on and just sat on my bed in this whitewashed room and relaxed. the lyrics are obviosuly quite literate and delivered with a poetic rather than melodic charm. the music though singleminded remains efficiently evocative of a warm, reflective mood. they don't sound like anything from the sixties as i seem to have read a few times, but more like a mellower version of smiths, echo and the bunnymen, felt guitar rock or if anything yo la tengo's 'and then nothing...' album. though their overall aesthetic could easily be misinterpreted to be sixties-ish, i think it has more to do with their ability to keep their music consistent and endearing
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 16 Jan 2006
By Robert Keith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Clientele since first hearing their Fading Summer EP in a record store 5 years ago. This new album is excellent. The Clientele have the same foggy coastline sound, but appear to have had a bigger budget for this album. The writing is lovely and the playing is wonderful.

I also recommend "Kaleidoscope World" by the Chills for fans of the Clientele.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A leap forward 22 Oct 2005
By Borrowed Tunes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From my blog Borrowed Tunes ([...])...

The Clientele have taken a nice leap forward with their second album, with improved production, songs, and overall confidence. They haven't changed; they've just refined and sharpened their sound. Last time around, they had my ear; this time they have my attention.

The band is an exercise in style - hushed, suave 60s folk-pop being the choice - and this move forward doesn't broaden their horizons much beyond their simple tremolo-guitar and swinging drums arrangements. A touch of strings here, an unexpectedly ratty guitar solo there lift the songs out of monotony, which they sometimes skirt dangerously.

In general, though, the Clientele have found a gift for dramatic melody that they only hinted at on The Violet Hour; there's still plenty of style, but a little less art and a little more pop. And with tighter performances, everything hits a touch more directly now. There's also a lyrical thread: a mysterious ex named "K" pops up a few times, and the titular phrase "strange geometry" is used more than once in reference to the disorientation at the end of love.

Looking for a modern touchstone? This band might fill the void left recently by Luna - not that Dean Wareham is gone forever - albeit in a lighter, more mannered way. If you like smart soft pop, the Clientele are for you.
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