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Boomkat Product Review:
For their latest album, long-standing indie outsiders Clinic take a step in the direction of something approaching pop music. Bubblegum features syrupy, if slightly sinister slow jams and peculiar library music aesthetics conjured up by a deft usage of string arrangements, harpsichords and dulcimers. The album's lead single, 'I'm Aware' sails into earshot with a swooningly lovely configuration of (un-)easy-listening chord sequences that at times feel as if they're parodic of 'Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus'. Following suit, the stately, retro lounge lizardry of the title track fires up with a touch of fuzzy lead guitar and a fittingly luscious John Congleton production, though before too long the band's more venomous side rears up for 'Lion Tamer', whose disheveled glam-rock hobble provides the album with one of its grimier highlights. The Merseyside quartet are soon back on-topic with 'Milk & Honey', dabbling in the idiom of sickly-sweet, vintage radio ballads again, yet there's still something implicitly frantic and faintly desperate in Ade Blackburn's vocal presence. Just around the corner, the Book-Of-The-Week-gone-wrong, spoken-word piece 'Radiostory' proves an intriguing mid-point marker, trundling through slinking organ and exotica percussion routines whilst ludicrous Mills & Boon mutations arise from the text: "she whispered the national anthem as he sank into her...". Ace.