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  • Audio CD: 286 pages (19 April 2010)
  • 286 pages
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0015WJBVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,459 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Domestic Scene
  2. Heaven's On Fire
  3. This Time Around
  4. Never Follow Suit
  5. A Token Of Gratitude
  6. The Video Dept.
  7. Memory Loss
  8. David
  9. Four Months In The Shade
  10. You Stopped Making Sense

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Product Description

The long wait is finally over! The Radio Department's Clining to a scheme is without doubt this year's most eagerly anticipated Swedish indie pop album. It s been four long years, but a simple press on Play and you ll know it s been worth every second. Clinging to a scheme combines the best components from their previous albums Lesser matters and Pet grief with soul guitars, P-funk, cut/paste-beats and 70's futuristic orchestra. Breathtaking! The Radio Dept. arrived with their album Lesser matters in 2003 which is commonly referred to as the most important Swedish indie pop album of the 21st century. It was embraced by press and fans all over the world. They had no less than two Single of the week in the NME and it, not surprisingly, ended up Top10 on the NME's Album of the year -list. In 2006 Sophia Coppola chose to feature three of their songs in the film Marie Antoinette that further helped them to achieve worldwide recognition and the same year the chart-topping and critically acclaimed album Pet grief was released. In the end of 2009 Lesser matters came to be one out two Swedish albums to appear on NMEs Greatest Albums of the Decade-list. PITCHFORK - As with their last two albums, Clinging to a Scheme stands to further expand the Radio Dept.'s cult // 8.0/10 POPMATTERS - This is a solid, feel-good winner of an album that applies enough variety to feature in a number of your day to day routines and make them that much more special by association // 4/5 ALLMUSIC - Further spins reveal the charms of the non-single tracks, and the whole thing ends up being one of the best examples of all the things that help make Swedish pop so magical // 8.0/10 NME - Whether by design or evolution, The Radio Dept's third album fits the grand scheme of all things voguish and hazy rather perfectly // Tracklist: 1. Domestic Scene 2. Heaven's On Fire 3. This Time Around 4. Never Follow Suit 5. A Token Of Gratitude 6. The Video Dept. 7. Memory Loss 8. David 9. Four Months In The Shade 10. You Stopped Making Sense

BBC Review

It’s been a head-scratchingly long time since we last heard from The Radio Dept. – four get-a-bloody-move-on years to be exact And despite being together in one form or another since the mid-90s, the group has only put out three records, including this one. Doesn’t usually bode well, does it? But as a return, and a hugely anticipated one at that, Clinging to a Scheme quickly proves that we’re safe as ever in the Swedish outfit’s slow-to-create, yet intent-on-perfection hands.

Claiming to be influenced by “minimalist post-punk, krautrock, repetitive motorik beat (eh?) and ambient noise” for this release, we’re not surprised to find there’s a whole world of oddness going on in these 10 hazy swooshscapes, as speech samples intermittently burst in on layers and layers of intricate guitar lines, pianos, strings, horns, drum machines and flutes. When summed up like that the record sounds cluttered, but it’s far from it: The Radio Dept. have cleverly managed to conjure up music with a thoroughly minimal feel, despite this hive of activity instrumentation-wise. 

And there are plenty of pop moments, too. Fans of Phoenix will be right at home with the breezy Heaven’s on Fire, and Never Follow Suit comes across like a slowed down 90s dance classic turned into a catchy reggae jam Lovers of lo-fi indie will be appeased by This Time Around and The Video Dept., the latter with a ping-pong beat. Perhaps most bizarre of all, though, is David – the track verges on sing-along hip hop, albeit Radio Dept. style

But it’s when this mysterious trio are at their most poignant that goose bumps prick the skin. Spectacular closer You Stopped Making Sense is Clinging to a Scheme’s ultimate tearjerker, all chiming guitars, glockenspiels and metallic-sounding distorted vocals leading a haunting melody and affecting lyrics “Don’t say goodbye...” begs singer Johan Duncanson towards the end of the track, and it’s as if a broken-hearted Cyberman is crooning his final lament. Someone give him a cuddle.

And as the curtain comes down on another superb Radio Dept. offering, months and years in the making, you’ve got to wonder: was it worth the wait? Oh, absolutely. --Camilla Pia

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