The Clientele is everything I love about pop music. Lush vocals, harmonies, simple string arrangements and you have The Clientele. Their music has often been noted for its reverb-rich production and Alasdair MacLean's distinctive breathy vocals (an effect achieved partly by
MacLean singing with a microphone plugged into a guitar amplifier) and
unique guitar style. GOD I LOVE REVERB! Think of your favorite '60s pop band and odds are they're in the Clientele's blood. It's like the Byrds, the Association, and the Velvet Underground morphed into one. With perhaps a little bit of the Hollies mixed in for good luck. I find it odd that with the type of pop that these guys sing they aren't more popular in their native Britain. They have a much bigger fan base her in the States.
I'd been curious about these guys for awhile. When I was home a couple of weeks ago Mr. Chuck and I were talking about them and he said "I just don't get them. Here." and he handed me a copy of Strange Geometry. I guess they don't have enough bass for him or something. What can I say the old man is a freak. He will sit around and listen to Nils Kline with a bunch of feedback, but he won't listen to pop music. Anyway, I took it home popped it in the old HiFi and just kicked back. I was mesmerized. It almost makes me want to cry. Yes, cry like when I listen to Joni Mitchell's Blue-a story for another time. As a result of my hysteria I went out and got their newest release God Save the Clientele. This is a great record also. It's different from Strange Geometry. This is a much cleaner record-less reverb and clearer vocals, but it is still MacLean's whispery delivery and amazing song writing that make this record great. Get these two records and you will be happy. Here are some tunes for you from Strange Geometry and God Save the Clientele. If you get a chance go check them out at the Roseland Ballroom on September 6. They're opening up for another pop favorite of mine Peter, Bjorn, and John-so get there early.