Alone and Unreal: Flirting with Perfection

The Clientele are the living embodiment of the cliché life is not fair. Who are The Clientele, you ask… exactly!

They’re a dope ass Brit-Pop band that came to life about 2-3 years after Brit-Pop died.

Over the past week or so, I’ve stopped listening to Dr Dre’s Compton and spent my time lounging to The Clientele’s greatest hits set, Alone and Unreal. All I kept thinking was how have I never managed to catch a Clientele song on the radio.

Alone and Unreal is 11 tracks of exquisitely constructed pop. Maybe they were too artsy and bohemian to ever catch fire here in the UK, but that is no excuse for this country ignoring songs like Reflections After Jane and We Could Walk Together.

The set has a trio of tracks at its centre which flirt with perfection – (I Can’t Seem To) Make You Mine, Losing Haringey and Bookshop Casanova are to my mind pop genius. What melts my mind is how very different the tracks are to one another.

So look, if you have a few bob, or you have subscription to those streaming services that musicians love so much, give Alone and Unreal a listen. I promise you it will be worth it.



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