Clinic, 'Do It!' (Domino)

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Do It!
Critical Mass
Label: Domino

by Matthew Perpetua

After debuting with two alluringly cryptic art-punk records in the early 2000s, Clinic fell into a creative rut, experimenting with new textures but basically rewriting the same tunes. The Liverpudlian quartet's fifth album still cannibalizes their back catalog, but they give their stock song forms -- frantic punk rave-up, dreamy dub ballad, sinister groover -- an extreme psychedelic makeover, embracing a lovey-dovey lyrical sentiment that's incongruous with the manic paranoia of Ade Blackburn's slurred vocals. The band play up the tension, tossing blistering riffs into mellow ballads and lacing eerie stomps with folk textures; the result is some of the loosest, most fascinating music of their career.

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