Album Review of Lantern by Clogs.

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Lantern by Clogs

Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Record label: Brassland
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Experimental, Jazz

70 Music Critic Score
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Lantern - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Imagine Calexico getting together with Rachel's for a session of moody instrumentals and you have something close to Brooklyn's Clogs. Heavy on strings, but also incorporating everything from the melodica to bassoon, Clogs evoke wine-dark seas, lighthouses, and fog on the 12 tracks that make up Lantern, their fourth full-length. It's hard not to think of Hawthorne, Poe, or a Russell Banks novel when listening to these misty, hypnotic numbers.

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Dusted Magazine
Their review was highly critical

Rock music and classical music rarely mix, and when they do the results almost always reek of overwrought pretension. Only a few (Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, and Louis Andriessen immediately come to mind) manage to cross the divide unscathed. And when members of indie-poppers the National try their hand at this project, one should take pause. Since they seem very strongly to want to be taken seriously – listing themselves as “composers” not “songwriters,” titling their songs with such classical references as “Death and the Maiden,” “5/4.” and “Canon,” and opening this album with a piece originally for lute by 17th century composer Johann Kapsburger – it should be evaluated based on its compositional merits.

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