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Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream

Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream will serve as a blog for me to share my thoughts and musings, with a special emphasis on music. The music that will appear in this blog is for evaluation/sampling purposes only, and is designed to promote up and coming bands. Remember, if you like the artist(s), buy the CD! If you are the owner of a sound file and would like it removed, please contact us and we will kindly take it down.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Meet your Clientele

Maybe it's just the spring weather and its radio-of-old feel, but I just can't get out of this retro band genre. I'm talking about UK band The Clientele, and their new release God Save the Clientele. Full of the trippiness of CSNY, the exuberance of a child, and harmonies to be envied, God Save the Clientele is a finely crafted album. The vocals are simply delectable, as they skitter across the jangly guitars and the modest bass. I'm amazed by the quality of the album, despite the fact that it is 14 tracks long--a rarity for bands these days.

On GStC, The Clientele effortlessly move from track to track, as they touch on lullaby ballads to toned down versions of 60's and 70's folkpop. It seems as though the album was written from the hip, a stream of consciousness, but with each note carefully plucked. This delightful collection of songs is truly a seratonin riser. Every so often, I'll fall in love with an album that is just so irresistible that it cannot be put down. Indeed, I'm in love.

Highlights from GStC, and there are many, include the wonderfully hoppy "Here Comes the Phantom", a smart pop arrangement complete with strings. Have a listen to the more downtempo "The Queen of Seville" or the bass-filled upbeat "Carnival on 7th Street"--all are sure to please.

So go on and buy God Save the Clientele (out May 8th in US).
Listen to "Here Comes the Phantom" (4.89/5)
Listen to "Bookshop Cassanova" (4.6/5)

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