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  • Audio CD (23 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Clock Opera’s debut album has been a long while coming – for a band first making waves in 2009, Ways to Forget has been given an unusual amount of time to form. But instead of feeding impatient sycophants with a rush-release, Guy Connelly’s sound has now found its signature. Clock Opera take a series of psychotically structured songs and make them sound as natural and easy as exhalations by the end of this debut LP.

Ways to Forget is an exhilarating set of sounds built from the ground up – clearly, the product of intense perfectionism on stage. Layers are added, galloping on and gasping for breath, before crumbling down and soaring back up again. Desperate, instructively written crescendos define the Clock Opera sound – each rousing build-up’s awkwardness is tempered by how organised it sounds.

In creating a sound so mechanical, however, Clock Opera have discarded the idea that live technique may not transfer to the studio. While these passages feel so compelling on stage, there’s a frustrating indulgence present on a few too many tracks. Lesson No.7’s climax is unnecessarily demanding in its persistence, while 11th Hour takes too long to make an impression and peters out weakly by the end. Belongings’ understated beauty adds a human touch, but falls at the final hurdle with an over-earnest drum section.

Brevity aside, Ways to Forget is astoundingly apt at weaving tones and colours, placing and surrounding melodies in a wilderness. White Noise is situated in the middle perfectly, weaving its intricate patchwork quilt into something both accessible and dynamic. It’s purpose-built for fans of The Associates, Gary Numan, Adem and Everything Everything.

Once and for All’s fixation on time and change waffles on a little, but the steely synths and elegant vocals add power and punch. Elsewhere, A Piece of String’s confidence is a neat counterpoint to the barrage of chorus-less alternative pop hopping over the airwaves. The rich colour of Connelly’s vocal is a big strength, constantly at war with the tension and relief of what’s going on just beneath it.

If Ways to Forget had been reimagined for the studio, this would be a phenomenal debut album. As it is, we have a taste of Clock Opera’s vision – a penultimate draft that can be skipped, paused and shuffled at the listener’s will. Not quite yet the coherent full album that its time in the making hinted at, but nonetheless a welcome addition to record collections.

--Natalie Shaw

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By karls77 on 24 Dec 2012
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This is an amazing album every song is different but are all great the only shame is that they haven't released the deluxe edition onto cd as the song glass eye is a wonderful tune but the album is definitely worth buying. My favourite songs would have to be fail better and once and for all the latter you should watch the video of though it is rather sad but wonderful.I went to see them at Nottingham in October and they sounded even better live.
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had fortune of seeing this band live supporting The Temper Trap. Did not have a clue who they were but enjoyed every song live. bought album as a result and not disapointed. real sense of emotion and nice melodies. happy to play for friends or in-laws.
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By anonymous on 24 May 2012
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Great first album of Clock Opera. Listnening to the tracks is like being in a pub where they are playing live. Definitely worth the money and super speedy delivery!
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One You Won't Forget 23 Jun 2012
By Christopher Silbernagel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Clock Opera's major debut album "Ways to Forget" has a unique sound, albeit very simplistic traditional instrumentation combined with heavy use of a synthesizer. Although this can often become redundant in the genre, this band has put together a catchy album that always changes from track to track. From the beginning you'll get the feel of a more radio friendly sound, switching over to something more aggressive and at some point even creating a feel for the eighties.

With the consistent change to their music throughout the album it never disappoints, even going as far to create tracks with a slow build up to a climactic finish. This isn't common for the "electronic friendly" indie genre and is much welcomed. The vocals are not easy to understand but are quite enjoyable, giving off a very 90's British sound.

While I believe this album is exceptional, you may want to look for their special edition that contains B sides. This will give you double the experience.
Great Album! 4 Feb 2013
By GhostsNStuff - Published on Amazon.com
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There are very few bands that can do what this one does musically. I couldn't find an album or the songs which they have remixed, which I would love to own, but this was equally good. I listened to this album as I was taking a summer road trip and it went perfectly with the settings.
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