On their third full-length album, the Clientele dial back on the overt 1960s influences of their first two albums to include some slightly more contemporaneous references. The resulting album, GOD SAVE THE CLIENTELE, crosses the band's trademark sunshiny pop tunes with some echoes of contemporaries like Of Montreal, the Apples in Stereo, and Lambchop, whose Mark Nevers produces here. Bits of 1970s-style country rock infiltrate the Scottish popsters' tunes here and there, as on the opening "Here Comes the Phantom" and the aching "No Dreams Last Night," while the psychedelic, largely whispered "The Dance of the Hours" and the dramatic "The Garden At Night" emphasize the Clientele's often hidden trippy side.
Spin (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "These Londoners specialize in melancholic, Beatles-esque melodies....'Here Comes The Phantom'...and the disco-inflected 'Bookshop Casanova' are the album's best moments."
Uncut (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The featherlight guitars and intervals of spoken word are intriguing. 'Bookshop Casanova', sharp as a kitten's claw, is a real pop breakthrough."
Magnet (p.91) - "[T]here's plenty of shivering tremolo, long-shadow reverb and tempos slowed down to the sound of a single raindrop breaking the surface of a winter lake."