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  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00007FOMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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CLEARLAKE Cedars (2003 UK 11-track CD album featuring the UK rock bands second album - the follow-up to their acclaimed debut Lido. It shows a growth in confidence and in style utilizing the catchy with an all out rockfest on Its All Too Much.Produced by Simon Raymonde of Cocteau fame fans of Idlewild The Smiths and the Cocteaus will enjoy! With a picture sleeve lyric booklet WIGCD117)

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Produced by former Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde, Cedars finds itself withering with a winsome lethargy while a sense of building frustration, alienation and a wry wit uproot any chance of continuity. At turns windswept and claustrophobic, serene and menacing, Cedars sways with the ambience of a twisted cabaret show.

Finding inspiration and humour in the mundane is an English tradition deeply entrenched in its musical heritage and one perfected by the likes of The Smiths and Pulp. With a comparable dry humour and with an eye firmly fixed on the everyday, Clearlake are awash with bleak observations.

Covering everything from death and self-loathing, to hope and love, while echoing early Blur, Pulp and the idiosyncrasies of Syd Barrett, Clearlake's beguiling if occasionally disquieting sophomore album beats with a poetic heart. Whether seething with anger on "I'd Like To Hurt You", bemused by love with "Almost the Same" or simply pondering the chances of snow on "Wonder If the Snow Will Settle", frontman and lyricist Jason Pegg keeps his subjects and delivery firmly unpretentious.

While perhaps not as distinctive as some of their forbearers, Clearlake have created an eclectic, enthralling and without doubt worthy follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Lido. --Christopher Barrett

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I saw Clearlake live in Oxford recently and bought this album on the strength of a powerful performance. I was not disappointed. Jason Pegg's songwriting on 'Cedars' is superior to anything I've heard in quite a while. He is the master of a haunting melody - in tracks like 'Wonder if the snow will settle' he takes turns you don't expect and send shivers up the spine. And the reason that this is the best album so far this year is that the music perfectly reflects the lyrics - wistful, playful, menacing or nauseous (Treat yourself with kindness) in turn the mood of the music complements the words beautifully. There are stand out tracks but I leave it to you to decide which ones are your favourites. In summary? - well how about Lionel Bart as interpreted by Syd Barrett in the style of Blur. I'm gobsmacked!
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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
After an 18 month wait (which in Polythene's eyes is far far too long!), the beautiful, harmonic melodies of Clearlake are upon us again. This gorgeous album is to be released on February 3rd, and is going to be backed up by a single, the first track off the album, 'Almost The Same' (see single reviews). Thier debut album 'Lido', was loved by the likes of the NME (9/10), it was album of the month in MOJO, and was given 4* by Q. Along the way, Clearlake have gained fans such as Jarvis Cocker, Stephen Malkmus, Mark & Lard, and The Delgados. They have also played dates with Elliot Smith, appeared at Scott Walkers Meltdown, broadcast live from Abbey Road, and have also appeared on BBC's Later With Jools Holland. But this was 18 months ago. The very little you thought you knew about Clearlake will have prepared you for the power and depth of Cedars, thier second album for Dusty Company/Domino.

The thrilling, powerful, emotional, opener 'Almost The Same' is enough to give you a neck mohican (copyright Mr. Lamacq!!), and this song is just there to be played live. 'The Mind Is Evil' is disturbed and witty, sounding like a song you would tap your feet and nod your head too, whilst Jason Pegg's vocals pull at your heartstrings. 'Wonder If The Snow Will Settle' just like the song before it, is there to be just appreciated, as with most of Clearlake's songs. 'Cant Feel A Thing' opens with the kind of chords and drumbeat you want to dance and jump around to. With Pegg's vocals, and Sam Hewitts backing vocals, this song will make you put down your pint/vodka & coke/disgusting water from the loo's as you've spent all your money on getting in and buying a tshirt, and make you run to the front and jump about.
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By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2004
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A truely awesome albulm esp for when your depressed, however on first listen was confined to shelves for weeks on second was poor on third was good and gets better all the time from almost the same to the almost seemless last two tracks this albulm will comfort you and release raw emotion till trees in the city leaves you thinking maybe its no that bad but do try and watch out...
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lido was a reasonably good album in terms of it having 4 or 5 key songs but didnt really feel like a singular or polished cohesive work. Clearlake obviously were an ideas band with a sense of melody but this album is a tad dissapointing - all the songs are...nearly great but always just miss the mark. It feels harsh to criticise because there are not too many romantic no-nonsense songwriting bands around but whilst their production & arrangements has evolved the songwriting is still scratching to get out of the box marked mediocre.
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