Gene Bae

Noise Pop: Revisiting the Clinic

Clinic returns to form

Liking a band for more than three albums is getting harder these days, as many fall apart by that point. Even when groups do make it, most stop being musically interesting or otherwise start sucking. Clinic almost did that: Their third album, Winchester Cathedral (Domino, 2004), wasn't bad but didn't find the band progressing. Their distorted Farfisa started to sound routine and cliché; their trance-inducing rhythms begat yawning.

Clinic's recently released full-length, Visitations (Domino), finds the Liverpool quartet back in form. Read more »