Clearlake
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Lido (2001) , 5/10
Cedars (2003), 6/10
Amber (2005), 5/10
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Clearlake is an English band (led by Jason Pegg) that offers lyrical but not particularly original melodic orchestral rock.

Lido (Domino, 2001) delivered a confused and over-produced batch of folk-inspired Verve-ish ballads, in particular Don't Let The Cold In and Winterlight (their first single).

Cedars (Domino, 2003) is less obsessed with pop: Pegg sounds more interested in expressing his tortured soul than in crafting baroque architectures. This leads to atmospheres that border the claustrophobic (Come into the Darkness) and the painful (It's All Too Much), to an almost expressionistic tension in Treat Yourself with Kindness and to the devilish orchestral waltz of The Mind is Evil. At the same time, Clearlake is still in command of its melodic talent (the lively and catchy Almost the Same, the stately Wonder If the Snow Will Settle, the almost religious ending of Trees in the City). The fusion of these two elements could provide an alternative to pop muzak, but the band stops short of entering the unknown.

Amber (2005) moves towards hard-rock (Neon, Good Clean Fun) to the point of being positively noisy and jarring (Here to Learn), but perhaps the best moment is the most peaceful, It's Getting Light Outside.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Stefano Lucarelli)

I Clearlake sono un gruppo inglese (capitanato da Jason Pegg) che propone un rock melodico orchestrale con una certa vena poetica ma non particolarmente originale.

Lido (Domino, 2001) raccoglie una manciata confusa e over-prodotta di ballate di ispirazione folk in stile Verve, in particolare Don't Let The Cold In e Winterlight (il loro primo singolo).

Cedars (Domino, 2003) è meno ossessionato dal pop: Pegg appare più interessato a esprimere la sua anima tormentata che a confezionare architetture barocche. Si hanno così atmosfere che sfiorano la claustrofobia (Come into the Darkness) e il dolore (It's All Too Much) fino a una tensione quasi espressionista in Treat Yourself with Kindness e al diabolico valzer orchestrale di The Mind is Evil. Allo stesso tempo, i Clearlake sono ancora padroni del proprio talento melodico (la vitale e orecchiabile Almost the Same, l'imponente Wonder If the Snow Will Settle, il finale quasi religioso di Trees in the City). La fusione di questi due elementi potrebbe rappresentare un'alternativa alla pop muzak, ma il gruppo smette subito di esplorare l'ignoto.

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