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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00024753O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Clinic’s third album doesn’t find the surreal, masked Liverpudlian fourpiece venturing in any bold, new directions. Instead, Winchester Cathedral has them heading down the same twisted path as their previous releases. Fans of Clinic will know what to expect, then: twisted and eerie artrock that sounds like Hitchcockian circus music, with the frantic "Country Mile" and its clenched-teeth vocal delivery setting the pace from the outset. All their trademarks are still here, from the whining harmonium to the jerky guitars. So Winchester Cathedral won’t really garner many converts to Clinic’s weirdness. And that’s a shame--for a band that prides itself on its quirkiness, Winchester Cathedral could have done with a bit more experimentation. What sounded fresh and exciting on Internal Wrangler, their 2001 debut album, now just sounds a bit formulaic and, all too often, repetitive. Still, at least their more die-hard fans will appreciate that W inchester Cathedral still sounds resoluteley like a Clinic album, and no one else. Few bands can boast that. --Robert Burrow

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Format: Audio CD
I'm struggling to understand other peoples reviews of this album. It is amazing. I hadn't heard anything by Clinic before, and actually borrowed it from my local library. I'd seen the album a few times and wondered whether or not to take it and give it a try on the strength of liking the cover. I am so glad I did. The first two tracks are especially, well, awesome. I borrowed this album on Thursday the 20th April, on 21 st I bought Walking With Thee, I was that impressed. Winchester Cathedral is by far the better album though, in my opinion. I keep expecting to get sick of it, but every time it finishes I put it back on. Buy this album and I'LL refund you* if you dont like it. That's how confident I am!

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Format: Audio CD
on this,clinic's third album,we get more of the same.
now in many of the reviews i've read this is seen as a bad thing,that clinic are stagnating,not a point i agree,there hasn't been the development that critics anticipated.
i'm not sure on what the critics based thier anticipation on though.there wasn't a great leap in style or content between the two previous albums.
so what do you get?
tight,neat, twisted pop songs.some fast and furious,others slow and with unexpected harmony vocals.the liberal use of psycho surf guitar,melodica,occasional piano,and low in the mix spectoral vocals.
all good things.
you can't really compare clinic to other bands.the best way to get a feel for their sound is to listen to one of their cds,and this is as good as any place to start.
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By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although my husband thinks all 'Clinic' tracks sound the same, which some critics seem to share the opinion, I still love to listen to this album and the previous two. I recommend this album. My foots a tapping!
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By A Customer on 8 April 2005
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Distinctly average. Very Disappointed. This album sounds like a band trying to sound like Clinic but not quite succeeding. Highly recommend the 1st album it's an absolute cracker, but this was a waste of money. It's the kind of album you wouldn't mind copying off your mates. One last thing...Enough already with the disco beats!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's the worst Clinic record, but still... 12 Feb. 2005
By Jeffrey Hubbard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Taken on its merits, let's face it: this is easily a four star record. What many pundits (and even Clinic fans) have fixated on is the relative lack of change in their sound over the course of three albums (and several ep's). While I understand this view, to a certain degree, I think that using such a standard would also damn many other great bands that created an iconoclastic sound, then milked it for all it's worth. Think Ramones. Think AC/DC. Think U2, even! Sure, they've veered off their trademark sound over the course of their long career, but with one or two exceptions, those have been their least successful records, artistically and commercially (yes, "Pop," I'm talking to you). So, what I'm saying is, to say that Clinic are treading water is only fair inasmuch as the music fails to move or excite the listener.

On that score, I'll concede, this is Clinic's weakest record. But, as I am a huge fan of the first three (especially "Wrangler" and "Three EP's," both of which I consider essential), this is not to imply that I dislike this album - I think it's very good. And I agree with the others here who've said that there is growth to be found here - especially in the doo-wop fixtures of the great tune "Falstaff," and in some new sonic trickery here and there.

I won't pretend that wouldn't like Clinic to start to move their sound into some new areas, but again, in subtle ways, I think they are doing so, and I think that album is a tentative step in the right direction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but i'm a Clinic fan 8 Jun. 2006
By Trina Ralph - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Internal Wrangler has a sound for those who prefer the raw and garage, though some complain that it sounds rough and sloppy.

Walking With Thee, more polished and mainstream-like, a sound for those who prefer the clean(er) pop/rock energy, but some feel that it doesn't have the raw edge of Internal Wrangler.

Winchester Cathedral... some complain it's boring or lacking in the same energy. It doesn't have the same 'retro' style as the last couple albums. Instead, the album as a whole, has a more whimsical sound, sometimes eerie and sometimes dreamy. If I had to make a comparison, for those who have the last two albums think "Goodnight Georgie" and somewhat "For the Wars". More clarinet heavy than percussion.

The punk/garage sound lives in "W.D.Y.Y.B." and the instrumental "Vertical Take Off In Egypt". "The Magician" and "August" seem a bit like a manic and twisted carnival. "Home" and "Falstaff" have a sound like a weary-eyed crooner; slow, desperate, and melancholic. "Country Mile", "Circle of Fifths", and "Thank You For Living" are somewhat reminiscent of the last two, but heavier atmospheric-ly.

In my opinion all of the tracks are great, just different, more blue in some way. A new vision to make one wonder where they are going with the next album.

Songs to note: "Anne", "The Magician", "Falstaff", and "W.D.Y.Y.B."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent and Steady Genius 22 Feb. 2005
By George a Pletz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With the flurry of negative reviews, I half expected it to be the blow out disappointment that was Coral's Magic And Medicine.

Hardly! Is it the radical rethink that the band promised it to be? Not at all. If anything,the band errs on the conservative side of things. And with such a unique sound, I don't know if I blame 'em. The differences between this and Walking With Thee is just little less organ and a little more woodwinds. The soft bits, the chaotic bits, and the manic mumble of Blackburn are all here. I suspect that the novice listener will be as blown away or confused as if they started at the beginning. Okay it is not the best Clinic album (Internal Wrangler has that all sown up) but it is still very good. The band seems to be engaged on interplay level and not messing up what makes them Clinic. So I am happy. I think that in five to seven years, you will be suprised to see where they wind up. At the careful increments the band releases their singular sound, the concise 30 plus mark, I will never be bored. Just when you get it, they are gone. Nice work, doctors. In short if I was at a party where this was blasting out, I'd hang around. The conversation would be fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clinic: Winchester Cathedral (Domino) 24 Aug. 2005
By Young Music Reviewer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chances are this may not help, but bare with me. Clinic is an eccentric band bown to their scrubs. Call the doctor scrubs, amsks and clothes a gimmick, but sometimes aa band has to do what they have to for attention and a focused viewpoint in music...just like other bands that are influenced by The Pixies and reside in Liverpool. Now to the CD. One listen to this and you may get a cutdown of sound since Clinic's Internal Wrangler, but you gotto admit anyway, that it is a magical masterpiece to behold. I did. Once I listen to it, it was the toast of my iPod. And the thing is the review will be less helpful because I can't describe this album but magical, amazing and as essential as Internal Wrangler. "Fingers" is a song that rounded up everysong in meaning. The highlight besides "Thank You (For Living)" (my personal favorite), The Majestic #2, and "The Magician". I swear, this is not a CD to pass up. Clinic is not a band to pass up. Give it a chacne and you will see how different and hauntigly stunning this album is.

Rating: 8/10
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Into the "Cathedral" 9 Oct. 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Clinic seems to be in the middle of going somewhere, but "Winchester Cathedral" indicates that they're not quite sure where. While their spare, vaguely haunting music seems to lack enthusiasm, and really doesn't seem to go anywhere new. Their third album is not really good, not bad, but merely satisfying and muted.

Beyond that shtick for appearing in surgical scrubs, Clinic is known for first having a sort of wild, erratic sound, then toning it down as they strove for musical growth. They strive some more in "Winchester Cathdral." It starts off strong with the complex, stomping-rhythmic "Country Mile," and the eerie "Annie."

But things crash to a stop in "Vertical Take Off in Egypt," which is both confusing and over-dense, laced with a sound like spinning bike wheels. It feels like an experiment, but not a successful one. It's jarring to encounter it, and the experience of the faint "Home" and guitar-rock "WDYYB" were overshadowed by it. It's followed by some fairly nice pop songs, but ends on a weird note with the instrumental "Fingers." It sounds like it was tacked on -- the energetic, driven "Thank You (For Living)" would have made a better finale.

Nobody can really expect a band to have loads of enthusiasm in their third album, but can't Clinic sound like they're having even a LITTLE fun? Drummer Carl Turney said in "Under the Radar" that this album was supposed to sound less polished than its predecessor -- warmer, grittier, more organic.

Well, it sounds a lot grittier and more organic. But warmer? Well... not exactly. It sounds a little too deliberate, a little too carefully crafted. No spontaneous spark. Guys -- maybe taking a year and a half is not such a good idea. It can create technical excellence, but can also iron out your passion.

Technically, they have a similar sound -- clarinets and pianos, mixed in with bass and guitar. The last part of the album (except "Fingers") is the best, even mixing in a Klezmer in the sinuous, exotic pop of "August," and a wonderfully frantic sound. Elsewhere it's soft and psychedelic, like in "Home" -- these songs imply that Clinic could surge forward into a new and even better sound.

Good luck understanding Ade Blackburn. He sounds royally P.O.ed, but I can't figure out what he's singing about -- little snatches float out like "and we wouldn't touch you," "in the countryside" and the occasional "yeoww," but most of his singing is buried. His muffled voice is second fiddle to the music.

While songs like "Falstaff" and "August" hint at brilliance, the sound of "Winchester Cathedral" is still very much as Clinic's past albums. It's a pleasant listen, but not a great one. Perhaps that will come with their next release...
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