The Violet Hour Five years after offering their smoky treacle of a single "What Goes Up," this London-based trio has finally seen fit to release its first full-length… The Violet Hour Five years after offering their smoky treacle of a single "What Goes Up," this London-based trio has finally seen fit to release its first full-length… 2003-07-08 The Clientele
Review

The Violet Hour (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 08, 2003; Lead Performance: The Clientele

Five years after offering their smoky treacle of a single ''What Goes Up,'' this London-based trio has finally seen fit to release its first full-length album. Was it worth the wait? Well, it is for those who favor the kind of retro-futurist pop that recalls the mood-drenched fog of Galaxie 500 decorated with Byrdsian guitar filigrees. Add the reedy vocals of Alasdair MacLean to this shimmering sound tapestry and Idol-scorched listeners will find comfort in their hazy shade of summer.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints