The third of November is my mum's birthday, it is also the release date of the new Clark album so that's her present sorted. If she doesn't like it then I guess I'll just keep it for myself and get her a Body Shop voucher or something.
Listened to this last month. I've been a major (Chris) Clark fan since his Clarence Park and Ceramics is the Bomb albums. He's been my favorite electronic musician for the last ten years and is the only electronic musician I still listen to regularly. Except for Turning Dragon, I thought he improved with every release, to the point where Totems Flare is in my top five albums of all time. I was disappointed with the follow-up, but liked his double remix album.
I didn't really like this one, though. It's better than Iradelphic's meandering tunes (good tracks, but he seems to drag out the same melodies for half the song, then switch up to a new melody that he ends up dragging out for the rest of the song. On every track.) but not by a whole lot. The thing that struck me was how *ahem* boring the drums were. Four to the floor kicks through most of it, which are fine if the tracks have some driving energy, but this is pretty laid back. There's a Distance in You is a great song, and the only time I feel the simple drums compliment the arrangements.
Not terrible though. It still sounds like Clark, he's still messing about with his crunchy sounds instead of opting for more traditional electronic sounds, and I know he can't always reach the same heights as Totems Flare every time. I think this is something I'd like to listen to in the car instead of devoting all my attention to it on headphones. Still, it's a HELL of a lot better than Turning Dragon.