- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B000SLZAAG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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'Amber' commences with merciless drums and guitars in "No Kind of Life", setting the agenda of an album which will not hold back - "Neon" is a stomping track which will get even the most stolid music snob nodding along to the beat. The title track, "Amber", features the best cello score since the work of Nick Drake. The album goes from angry frustration ["I Hate it That I Got What I Wanted"] to despair ["Dreamt That You Died"], but manages to tread a line which makes the album well structured and less overbearing than the respective tweeness and darkness of Clearlake's earlier works.
Once again, Domino recording co. has allowed a superb band to develop freely and create a work of sublime musical talent. It would be a crime for 'Amber' to be outside the top 10 of albums released this year, regardless of the big-name releases in the upcoming 12 months. This is one album you will repeatedly come back to, and will satiate hardened Clearlake residents and newcomers alike.
Amber is the quiet centre of the album, after which the songs build towards the epic Widescreen and the joyous Getting Light Outside – an uplifting end to a varied album that includes graunchy guitar, superb vocal harmonies, country(-ish) death songs and STILL comes across as a coherent piece of work.
Buy the CD, then buy the vinyl – you need that break in the middle after Amber - then despair that such a massively talented band aren’t getting a Ferdinandly large amount of acclaim.
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, two lines, 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. Conversely, IT'S GETTING LIGHT OUTSIDE is the textbook definition of jaunty and ends the album on a lighter, almost sweeter, note. But if the production lacks anything then it's perhaps a modicum of warmth; taken as a whole this collection of songs has a slight yet noticeable chill factor running through it. However, the sheer quality threshold always manages to prevent any serious numbing of the extremities.
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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great 3rd album and a good buy. Saw them share the bill at a gig with British Sea Power some years back and these chaps were streets ahead in every department.Published on 5 Oct. 2009 by L. Mayhew
Or am I an infinite champion of a lost cause? Having grown up thriving on "cult" bands such as The Associates,XTC,Microdisney,Psychedelic Furs etc etc... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2007 by bish
I sometimes worry about bands with unique styles that it isn't sustainable (e.g Starsailor - not bad, just no longer interesting). Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2007 by M. J. Bryan
I don't buy many albums now. But the radio has helped me in that fact, and when
I hear a good song, I usually buy the album. Read more
An ambitious album, full of a kind of trippy grandeur. Occasionally they sound like a heavy Byrds, sometimes it's a bit power-poppy - but mostly it's an album of killer tunes, with... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2006 by Jane Hill
I notice that many of the reviews for this album have been very positive. I unfortunately do not share these views. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2006 by Stan-01
Absolutely outstanding third album from Clearlake. Whilst the last 2 albums were fine attempts to breakthrough, this just glows with quality. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2006 by Stafford Music Fan