AMBER

Clearlake | WIG152 | Released: 20/01/06

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Already something of a cult favourite, and surprisingly highly rated in the US, Clearlake have been making excellent records since the wonderful Winterlight single announced their arrival. 2000's debut album Lido was much-loved, sparked a sell-out UK tour and won plaudits from all sorts of stellar peers and heroes. Second album, Cedars, in 2003, was the one that attracted rave notices in the US too and found adoring fans all across America on a huge two-month visit in 2004. Dashing into the studio upon their return, Clearlake vowed to deliver a swift follow-up. Somehow, it became a bit of an odyssey, across eight studios in France and the UK. It took time, but the results are timeless: the motorik, mesmeric opener "No Kind Of Life", the bluesy moonburst of "Neon", the buzzy rush of "Good Clean Fun", the Kinksy oomph of "Finally Free", the prowling tension of You Can't Have Me, the coruscating title song, the countrified lament Dreamt That You Died and the awesome guitar power of "Widescreen". As finished tracks appeared in our office, we danced, laughed and even shed a tear or two as we played them to death. Produced by Clearlake's Jason Pegg with Steve Osborne (U2, Happy Mondays, KT Tunstall) and Jim Abbiss (Kasabian, DJ Shadow, David Gray) and recorded by Phill Brown (Talk Talk, Bob Marley, Led Zep, Hendrix, you name it), Amber is Clearlake's wildest, deepest, most surprising album so far.

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  • 01. No Kind of Life
     
  • 02. Neon
     
  • 03. Good Clean Fun
     
  • 04. Finally Free
     
  • 06. Amber
     
  • 07. I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted
     
  • 08. Here to Learn
     
  • 09. Far Away
     
  • 10. Dreamt That You Died
     
  • 11. Widescreen
     
 
 
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  • Side A
    01. No Kind of Life
     
  • 02. Neon
     
  • 03. Good Clean Fun
     
  • 04. Finally Free
     
  • 06. Amber
     
  • Side B
    01. I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted
     
  • 02. Here to Learn
     
  • 03. Far Away
     
  • 04. Dreamt That You Died
     
  • 05. Widescreen
     
 
 
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FILES BY CLEARLAKE

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Listen to: Almost The Same
by Clearlake
 
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Listen to: Clearlake Lido
by Clearlake
 
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Listen to: The Mind Is Evil
by Clearlake
 
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Listen to: Jumble Sailing
by Clearlake
 
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Listen to: Amber
by Clearlake