8/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 November 2006
2016 update: 'Strange Geometry' is perhaps the most lush and fully realised of all of the Clientele's excellent LPs. The use of production maestro Louis Philippe seemed to warm their sound up a bit and expand their palette. It's now back out on lovely vinyl with bonus download tracks. Here is my original review from 2005 - a time when it seems I was unable to string words together - however I think I got the gist so I'm sticking by it.
Sounding as warm and fuzzy as always are the ever brilliant The Clientele. This is their 3rd album - the previous one 'The Violet Hour' to me didn't have enough strong songs to get anywhere near the quality of the first one. So here's hoping. Its too early to tell but the lead single 'Since K got Over Me' is a slightly tougher version of the 60's influenced hazy pop shapes of before. The other notable change is a use of a string section on a few tracks. For the uninitiated think Belle and Sebastian, Nick Drake, McCarthy, mid 60's pop.
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