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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000BB18EK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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London's purveyors of lush melodies and gorgeous, hazy pop are back with twelve new tracks of dreamy folk, shimmering psych guitars, and string arrangements. This is the band's third album to date, following 2003's "Violet Hour" and 2001's singles comp, "Suburban Light". "Aggressively, gratuitously lovely, modernizing the chambery charms of Love's 'Forever Changes', The Zombies, and Galaxie 500" - Spin.

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They take the elements that made that music great and twist them into a somber, yet glistening album.
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There aren't really any classic songs here or songs that'll make you go "wow", but overall they're pretty good.
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Nonetheless, I do really recommend both this album and the band to those wanting to explore some new music.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By wordtron on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
what you get is more of that clientele sound -- nostalgic and melancholic, autumnal, romantic, painterly -- but improved by less reverb and cleaner, sharper production values, tasteful application of strings, and more melodic and tempo variation. kind of a poppier and less sexy tindersticks, or like being slightly depressed on a rainy day in your third year of college, flipping through a monograph of magritte, smoking your last cigarette, thinking about the night before...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Lohrke VINE VOICE on October 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i find it somewhat difficult to be remain objective when discussing the clientele--i simply adore this band. when people ask me 'what do they sound like' they're one of two bands for which i simply can't find a reference point (the arcade fire being the other). the clientele is band that sounds like nothing you've heard before, yet somehow familiar at the same time.

'strange geometry' bears more resemblence to 'suburban light' than to its predecessor, 'the violet hour.' even though 'suburban light' was a collection of singles, tracks from e.p.'s, etc, it was thoroughly cohesive album. each track seemed cut from the same cloth. 'the violet hour,' (the first proper l.p.) while evoking a similar atmospheric aesthetic, was less immediate, less engaging the 'suburban light.' 'strange geometry's' lead track and first single, 'since k got over me' is vintage clientele--slightly reverbed/delayed guitars, airy vocals, walking basslines. it's a song that would've fit nicely on 'suburban light.' (and better than any track on 'the violet hour'). this similarity, i think, is part of the clientele's appeal: you know exactly what you're getting, but despite that knowledge, you're never disappointed because it's such a unique and beautiful sound. and it seems so apropros to release this album in october because the clientele are very much an autumnal band.

the majority of the album's track are, in fact, steeped in autumnal atmosphere. as i mentioned on my review of 'suburban light,' the clientele sound sucked straight out of 1967 london. it's all about golden hues, gray skies, turning leaves, sunrises and sunsets, silhouettes, flowers, gardens, ivy, butterflies, and faded photographs. yet they pull it off. in lesser hands, the clientele might sound contrived and pretentious.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V on January 9, 2006
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but I really like this album. bought it after briefly listening to it at a store, but didn't 'get it' until i put it on and just sat on my bed in this whitewashed room and relaxed. the lyrics are obviosuly quite literate and delivered with a poetic rather than melodic charm. the music though singleminded remains efficiently evocative of a warm, reflective mood. they don't sound like anything from the sixties as i seem to have read a few times, but more like a mellower version of smiths, echo and the bunnymen, felt guitar rock or if anything yo la tengo's 'and then nothing...' album. though their overall aesthetic could easily be misinterpreted to be sixties-ish, i think it has more to do with their ability to keep their music consistent and endearing
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Keith on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Clientele since first hearing their Fading Summer EP in a record store 5 years ago. This new album is excellent. The Clientele have the same foggy coastline sound, but appear to have had a bigger budget for this album. The writing is lovely and the playing is wonderful.

I also recommend "Kaleidoscope World" by the Chills for fans of the Clientele.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Borrowed Tunes on October 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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The Clientele have taken a nice leap forward with their second album, with improved production, songs, and overall confidence. They haven't changed; they've just refined and sharpened their sound. Last time around, they had my ear; this time they have my attention.

The band is an exercise in style - hushed, suave 60s folk-pop being the choice - and this move forward doesn't broaden their horizons much beyond their simple tremolo-guitar and swinging drums arrangements. A touch of strings here, an unexpectedly ratty guitar solo there lift the songs out of monotony, which they sometimes skirt dangerously.

In general, though, the Clientele have found a gift for dramatic melody that they only hinted at on The Violet Hour; there's still plenty of style, but a little less art and a little more pop. And with tighter performances, everything hits a touch more directly now. There's also a lyrical thread: a mysterious ex named "K" pops up a few times, and the titular phrase "strange geometry" is used more than once in reference to the disorientation at the end of love.

Looking for a modern touchstone? This band might fill the void left recently by Luna - not that Dean Wareham is gone forever - albeit in a lighter, more mannered way. If you like smart soft pop, the Clientele are for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The only reason I don't give this five stars is that the second half of the disc is merely so-so. The first half is exquisite, containing some amazingly beautiful songs. "Since K Got Over Me" is wistful, sad, and gorgeous, with somber, reflective lyrics about how the singer's loss of orientation because his lover was able to survive the loss of his love:

It's just this emptiness

I can't chase it away

And when the evening paints the streets

When the evening paints the streets

It's like walking on a trampoline

"My Own Face Among the Trees" is equally lovely, with delicate bridges provided by organ. "K" is about, well, the mysterious "K" once again. "E.M.P.T.Y" is another jangly but slow pop gem. But after that this album tends to coast a bit. It never gets actually bad, but it does get a bit monotonous, and I usually find myself after "Spirit" or "Impossible" restarting the album. So I find myself an avid fan of about half this album.

The Clientele is a band that has an enormous amount of talent but still hasn't quite consistently recorded music that is on the same level of excellence. This as true of the other two Clientele albums I know--SUBURBAN LIGHT and GOD SAVE THE CLIENTELE--as this one. All three albums contain some amazing moments, songs so good that you begin to suspect that they might be capable of true greatness, but then the brilliant cuts are succeeded by songs that are simply not on the same level of excellence. Nonetheless, I do really recommend both this album and the band to those wanting to explore some new music. They remind me, oddly enough, of Nick Drake crossed with Galaxie 500. Or perhaps a better comparison would be the great eighties pop band Felt. Some might want to call this shoe gazer music, but I find the melodies a little too irresistible for that. Like I say, this is a very good band; if they were a little more consistent they would be a great one.
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