Suburban Light (Remastered)

May 13, 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2014 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 1:18:14
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  • ASIN: B00K8FTN3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I do my studies, I hang with friends, but mostly I sit in my room alone thinking about how much I love living.
John Galt
Instead they've internalised the alchemy that bands like the VU, Love and The beatles produced, during that golden age of pop music in the late 60's.
Kenneth
The main singer has a really distinctive voice, and uses it in a way that is very unpretentious and somewhat animated.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gregory R. Sollars on August 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Try to imagine the Velvet Underground covering the Beatles, or something like that. This record is my favorite album since 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields, which is saying alot in my book, since I think "69" is a work of genius. The Clientele create absolutely beautiful, evocative pop songs that combine the dark, minor-key beauty of Lou Reed's finest VU ballads with the melodic sense of Lennon/McCartney. How else to explain "Rain", which cascades over a dark, reverb-y guitar line only to have singer Alasdair MacLean reveal a chorus of "and I want you so bad, in my heart". MacLean, also the songwriter, has a voice that slips in and out of falsetto, often in the same song, all the better to accompany the gorgeous ebb and flow of the music. He also crafts detailed lyrics, painting pictures with his words like few do anymore - there are abundant references to specific days of the week, climate conditions(it's usually raining - they're from the UK, right)and a mysterious "Mrs. Jones" keeps popping up. But, in the end, it's the music, of course, that grips you. Although only a three-piece, the band creates a lush sound on slower tracks like the gorgeous "Reflections After Jane" as well as the more upbeat "I Had To Say This". If you like your pop a bit dark and moody, but still tuneful, this is right up your alley. The whole record sounds like it was recorded in a glass house encased in ice, and I mean that as a compliment. Note: there are two versions of the record out and about, a U.S. version and a U.K. version. The U.S. version replaces three songs from the U.K. version with 3 previously unreleased tracks("What Goes Up", "6AM Morningside", "From A Window").Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Galt on February 15, 2005
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Hello, i'm just your regular college student. I go to class, I come back home to my mom's, I don't do much. I do my studies, I hang with friends, but mostly I sit in my room alone thinking about how much I love living. I like listening to this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By el dangeroso on September 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like so many other foreign, melancholy and vaguely acoustically oriented bands, The Clientele have been unfairly compared to Belle and Sebastian and lumped into it's corduroy sporting retro-folk brigade. Perhaps a more reasonable comparison would be to eighties stalwarts The Go-Betweens, with some similarities to forgotten brit poppers The Trash Can Sinatras, and still others to New Zealand's pop inflected Flying Nun posse. Awash in shimmering guitars and plaintive vocals, it's easy to imagine the rain gathering in sheets on the London streets as Alasdair Maclean penned lyrics about junebugs, lonely mornings, and the ever present (at least in Rock music history) Mrs. Jones. More firmly footed in a retro sound than most other bands outside of the Elephant 6 combine, The Clientelle invoke The Association and the softer Kinks moments, as opposed to The Elephant collective's seemingly unending passion for the rambling trappings of Syd Barret and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. The only minor flaw in this otherwise gorgeous record is Maclean's voice and it's habit of wandering endlessly around a song's hook, stumbling and trying to hit the right note before weakly retreating. For music so obviously intended for soaring harmonies and brilliant melodies, it can try your patience much like rooting for The Cubs to win the world series. You want to see it, you're sure it will certainly happen eventually, but elusively enough, the moment keeps fluttering away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By whoopycat on July 27, 2001
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If you would like a nice mellow album, but find yourself turned off by bands such as Red House Painters or American Analog Set, give Suburban Light a try. What separates the Clientele from the rest of the new quiet bunch is that their music always has a foot firmly planted in the classic rock tradition, meaning the emphasis is always on the songs, not the sound. There are whispers of groups like the Association and the Byrds scattered throughout the album. Obviously, with song titles such as "monday's rain" and "6am morning" you know what you are going to get here, but Suburban Light never gets boring. One of my favorite releases this year.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Lohrke VINE VOICE on July 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i make no apologies: i ADORE this album. it probably makes my top five of all-time. this review isn't very objective, but who cares.

i listen to 'suburban light' and i'm instantly transported to london, circa fall 1965. i'm walking arm-in-arm with someone resembling adriana lima and she's wearing go-go boots.

the clientele is all about mood and aesthetics: honey-colored skies, autumn leaves, foggy mornings, purple twiglights and buttery dawns; drowned out vocals, guitar pedals, studio effects and atmospherics, and you get the feeling that's just the way they planned it.

this is the album you listen to while you fall in love with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

this is the album you listen to while driving a pounding rainstorm.

this is the album you listen to while sitting on the beach with your best mates.

this is the album you listen to while driving through new england in the fall.

this is the album you listen to while you're stuck in your cubicle late on friday night working for someone who makes a helluva lot more money than you do.

trust me. buy it. live it. love it.
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