Walking With Thee

Nothing else currently on the music landscape sounds quite like Clinic's mix of lo-fi garage rock, Pixies-style sinisterness, and Velvet Underground sensibilities.

Nothing else currently on the music landscape sounds quite like Clinic's mix of lo-fi garage rock, Pixies-style sinisterness, and Velvet Underground sensibilities. On the follow-up to 2000's outstanding Internal Wrangler (released domestically last fall), the U.K. quartet proves it again by returning to familiar territory in fine form. Now, if only it didn't stick so close to the Internal Wrangler formula. Besides a few songs that crack the four-minute mark (a new wrinkle for a band whose tracks are notoriously short), the album is similar to its predecessor in sequence, pacing, and flair. That said, there's plenty to enjoy here. Particularly good are the slinky, danceable "Harmony" and "The Equaliser." In the end, Walking With Thee feels more like a transition record than a definitive statement in its own right.—BG