Amber

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Frontman Jason Pegg lands in the production seat for Clearlake's third album, Amber. Recording in eight studios between England and France and with a little help from producers Steve Osborne U2, Happy Mondays, Placebo and Jim Abbiss Kasabian, DJ Shadow, Editors, Clearlake have created a vibrant follow-up to their 2003 release, Cedars. With the success of that album and tours with Stereolab and the Decemberists, Clearlake are now on the indie rock map alongside the likes of British Sea Power, Doves, and Idlewild. Such a progression has allowed Clearlake's confidence to mature, and it is a bit more apparent throughout this 12-song set. Amber sounds the way the band ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Frontman Jason Pegg lands in the production seat for Clearlake's third album, Amber. Recording in eight studios between England and France and with a little help from producers Steve Osborne U2, Happy Mondays, Placebo and Jim Abbiss Kasabian, DJ Shadow, Editors, Clearlake have created a vibrant follow-up to their 2003 release, Cedars. With the success of that album and tours with Stereolab and the Decemberists, Clearlake are now on the indie rock map alongside the likes of British Sea Power, Doves, and Idlewild. Such a progression has allowed Clearlake's confidence to mature, and it is a bit more apparent throughout this 12-song set. Amber sounds the way the band should: tight, surefire, and aware. Lyrically, frontman Pegg does not overdo it. Clearlake's lyrics, thus far in their career, are simple and exact. That approach fits the band nicely, for Clearlake have never pretended to be arty think Interpol or too intellectual like British Sea Power. Amber builds upon those notions once again for some of Clearlake's best material to date. Their classic, lush instrumentation has taken the experimental route; their usual pop overtones are now bit more shifty and edgy. Their hidden optimism is a bit more tucked away on Amber, too. The title itself is appropriate; as they develop a more current indie rock sound, Clearlake are surrounded by imagined hues of yellow and gold amidst a blackish background. "No Kind of Life" is brilliant. Drummer Toby May delivers a maddening rush, coiling with Pegg's polished harmonies and fuzzed-out guitar work for an anthemic album opener. The album title track is a slow storm of string arrangements, percussion, and pianos, accentuating the brooding, fiery colors of Amber. If Clearlake's melodic side is more interesting, songs such as "You Can't Have Me" and "It's Getting Light Outside" are sure fits -- however, Clearlake also showcase a newfound bravado. "Good Clean Fun" and "Here to Learn" saunter through layered electric guitars and sexy basslines for some of the band's boldest work yet. "Neon" blasts on with that in mind, too, with a blistering harmonica and plunging instrumentation. Clearlake got it right this time out. They have has never sounded as triumphant as they do on Amber.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390007729
  • Catalog Number: 77
  • Sales rank: 300,914

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Kind of Life (3:33)
  2. 2 It's Getting Light Outside (3:45)
  3. 3 Amber (3:42)
  4. 4 Good Clean Fun (3:54)
  5. 5 Here to Learn (3:02)
  6. 6 You Can't Have Me (4:33)
  7. 7 Finally Free (3:32)
  8. 8 Dreamt That You Died (3:29)
  9. 9 Far Away (2:59)
  10. 10 Neon (3:48)
  11. 11 I Hate It That I Got What I Wanted (3:16)
  12. 12 Widescreen (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clearlake Primary Artist
Helena Rathbone Cello
Fiona Brice Violin
Sam Hewitt Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Jason Pegg Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Fiona Griffith Viola
Beverley Jones Double Bass
Gita Langley Violin
Technical Credits
Phil Brown Producer, Engineer
Steve Osborne Producer, Audio Production
Jim Abbiss Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Clearlake Composer
Sean Magee Mastering
Brazil Engineer
Jason Pegg Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Nic Shonfeld Cover Photo
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