Like the Ramones and the Jesus and Mary Chain, Liverpool's Clinic work from a narrow stylistic palette, and all three bands have a similar affinity for burying catchy early-'60s-style melodies within radically unfamiliar settings. Like 2001's Grammy-nominated Walking with Thee, Winchester Cathedral is full of terse songs built on a reedy clarinet or melodica, a muscular guitar sound with roots in '60s surf and garage band nuggets, and minimalist percussion (sometimes little more than a tambourine or a high-hat). It's a dense but rigorously circumscribed sound, and Ade Blackburn's sinister, cryptic vocals operate more as texture than as decipherable texts, even on the woozy ballad "Falstaff," which sways like the Shangri-las on acid (it's a highlight). Fans will find slight new twists on the Clinic sound -- the chimes in "Country Mile," the slide guitar in "Vertical Take Off In Egypt" -- and newcomers, those unfamiliar with Clinic's surgical maskwearing stage costuming, will find Winchester Cathedral a perfect introduction with its balance of screeching rave-ups like "WDYYB" and "Circle of Fifths" with placid pauses like "Anne" and "Home."
Performance CreditsClinic Primary Artist
Brian Campbell Flute,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Ade Blackburn Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica
Carl Turney Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsClinic Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ken Thomas Producer,Audio Production