Monday, February 22, 2010

CD of the Day: ‘Walking With Thee,’ Clinic (2002)

Remember that week back in 2002 when Clinic—with their hospital-garb costumes—was the hottest/hippest/coolest band on the planet? No? Didn’t think so.

The apparent one-trick ponies came and went in a blink (even though they continue to make records), and this “breakthrough” album has been gathering dust on my CD rack for nearly a decade. Craziest thing, though: “Walking With Thee” is actually pretty darn good.

You definitely have to be in the right (read: weird/open-minded) mood to enjoy “Walking With Thee,” but it’s a satisfying listen. I can’t pick out any songs, in particular, because they all sort of meld one into another—but not in a bad way. All in all, I like this album better than Vampire Weekend’s debut from 2008—that’s about the best comparison I can make to Clinic, a band that doesn’t sound like anything else in my collection.

Grade: B

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