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Bonfires On The Heath

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I Wonder Who We Are
Bonfires On The Heath
Harvest Time
Never Anyone But You
Jennifer & Julia
Share The Night
I Know I'll See Your Face
Three Month Summers
Graven Wood
Walking In The Park
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 41:47

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Barry Walters


Award-winning critic Barry Walters is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His interview with Prince a...more »

The overtly English four-piece move beyond echoes and nostalgia into their own warmly evocative headspace
2009 | Label: Pointy Records / state51

Get past this London four-piece's overt Englishness, and you're left with shadows, echoes, inferences. Like many indie bands, the Clientele has always held in high regard nostalgia for things only experienced through the dusty prism of faded films, moldy books and scratched LPs. At first, its fourth proper album seems as though it might not be all that different from its predecessors: Misleadingly perky opening track "I Wonder Where We Are" opens with a guitar… read more »

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The Clientele have always been autumnal and very English, and on their fourth album, Bonfires on the Heath, they may have created the most perfect, autumnal, English pop record imaginable. From beginning to end there is a crisp breeze that smells strongly of burning leaves and the fading memories of the revelry of the summer just passed, a feeling of melancholy and quiet but also a pastoral peacefulness that is very soothing. It’s something the band has always been able to conjure up with just a few notes from Alasdair MacLean’s guitar or just a few lines of his richly warm vocals, but here they seem to be at the very peak of their powers as a band. Perhaps it’s the full integration of newest member, Mel Draisey, and her lovely backing vocals and multi-instrumental skills, maybe it’s the incredibly precise and chamber-pop-perfect arrangements, or maybe it’s just that the group has written its most cohesive batch of songs yet. Of course previous albums have had their share of great songs (“I Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” from Strange Geometry, and “Bookshop Casanova” from God Save the Clientele), but this time out the balance of uptempo tracks (something they’ve continued to add to their repertoire with much success) like “I Wonder Who We Are” and “Share the Night,” hazy midtempo strollers like “Never Anyone But You,” and hushed ballads like the breathtaking title track, work like a magic spell, and the whole album rushes by dreamily like autumn itself. Unlike the season, which inevitable turns to the bitterness of winter, Bonfires on the Heath can be endlessly replayed. The warmth it conveys is immense, and along with the happiness it provides, the album also shows that the Clientele continue to be one of the best pop bands around in the 2000s. – Tim Sendra

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