The Return Of Evil Bill

Clinic The Return Of Evil Bill(Domino)


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Clinic make the sort of records which sound like they were recorded at gunpoint and at great emotional cost to the band. Which is good, obviously. The broken-fingered rattle-and-strum that is ‘The Return Of Evil Bill’ is like being locked in a small basement room with an early [a]Violent Femmes[/a] album, a bent mouth organ and a hammer. But both ‘The Majestic’ and ‘The Castle’ are twisted ’60s throwbacks, sounding like Phil Spector swallowing a garden shed while hacksawing his own knees off. It’s not pretty but, hey, somebody’s gotta do it.

Stephen Dalton