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Suburban Light [CD]

Clientele Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Pointy
  • ASIN: B000050XM1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic debut 3 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Suburban Light" is the debut full-length CD from The Clientele, and is a collection of previously released (and nearly impossible to find) 7" singles, as well as four new previously unreleased songs. Despite being recorded over the space of about two years, "Suburban Light" works extremely well as an album, and is a fantastic introduction to the work of this severely underrated band. In terms of sound, think laid-back blissed out 60's pop (Love, The Zombies, The Beach Boys at their most melancholy, Nick Drake had his most cheerful, "Rubber Soul" era Beatles) and 80's indie stalwarts like Felt. Add a touch of Belle & Sebastian and Tindersticks and you have some idea of the sound. The production is lush, the harmonies are gorgeous, and this is an album which work just as well on a sunny summer afternoon or on a cold, rainy day. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully evocative 17 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album on the recommendation of one of my friends who had discovered The Clientele. On listening to it for the first time I was delighted to discover a truly beautiful album with some stunning imagery and some wonderfully subtle music. The feel of the album is one of reflection and ultimately bewilderment at life's little changes; the ones that always seem to pass you by at the time. Not that the album is bitter, it is well thought out and every song seems to have an an uncanny poignancy to your life.
Buy this album - there is not enough of this sort of music around. I am eagerly awaiting some more news of The Clientele.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy stuff...& those chords! 23 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
I love this album! Imagine Galaxie 500 had they existed 30 years ago. If you've heard Manfred Mann's 'Up The Junction', think along those lines & add The Kinks' Waterloo Sunset...& that sets the mood of the whole album. 'Rain' brings Syd Barrett to mind, & 'Saturday'haunts with its beautifully sad melody. The production is utterly lush throughout...you'll forget the somwhat lo-fi quality within seconds. I want more of this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astoundingly graceful 21 July 2012
By Kenneth
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a Cleintele fan for quite some time now and although i'd gladly reccommend any of their 5 brilliant studio albums, Suburban Light would unquestionably be the one i'd reserve for those two sacred words "essential listening". I've often been disappointed but not suprised when i hear people chastise this record for it's supposed lack of originality. One particularly scathing reviewer dismissed Suburban Light as derivative dullards plagarizing The Velvet Underground without realizing galaxie 500 already exist. The ostensible verisimilitude of this write up (they do sound a little bit like the VU and their are hints of G500's fuzziness) should be taken at face value though as i would claim this reviewer had entirely missed the point.

The clientele on this first collection of singles and Ep's aren't trying to reinvent pop music. Instead they've internalised the alchemy that bands like the VU, Love and The beatles produced, during that golden age of pop music in the late 60's. To be more specific, they didn't do what a lot of bands in the mid 80's paisley undeground movement did and borrow many different elements from the 60's halcyon days. Or what so many bands have done after this record has come out and completely mimic the 60's sound outright. No, what the clientele did with this album and successive releases to a slightly less successful degree is extract a particular strand of Dna from that era and practically invent a whole new language out of it.

My last statement may appear hyperbolic, but i defy you to name me one album produced before this came out in 2000 that sounds remotely like this. Nobodies captured The wistful melancholy achieved in these 13 songs before, the mood created on this remarkable album is entirely distinctive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise... 25 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who spent the late 80's and 90's listening to the fantastic bands on the Flying Nun record label, particularly The Chills and The Clean will absolutely love this album...it also begs comparison with Galaxie 500 and Luna. A sonic twin town experiment between Queenstown and New york - straight out of London. Fantastic stuff.
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