This album consists of a series of meandering journeys into alien worlds...It's glam...
Joanna Witt 2005
There's a time and a place for every album. Clor's debut isn't quite right at a dinner party. And don't play it while you're trying to chat someone up or before you go to sleep -unless you really like spaced out dreams. A bit sci-fi, a bit electro-pop and a bit experimental, it's not an easy listen, but it is different. And in a time of identikit indie bands called The something, that's got to be a good thing.
Rather than three-minute pop songs with catchy choruses, this album consists of a series of meandering journeys into alien worlds. It could be playing in the background of that bar in Return Of The Jedi. Or as you walk into some secret meeting of comic book enthusiasts. But it's not all geek chic. It's glam 80s synth, messy guitars, changing tempos and futuristic rhythms. Let's put it this way, it's unlikely you'll be humming a Clor tune on your way to work in the morning.
The singles stand out. "Love + Pain" sounds like early Supergrass and "Outlines" seems destined to become a classic. "Dangerzone" evokes new millennium visions of robots clunking around in factories and "Magic Touch" sounds a little like Prince.
It's definitely worth a listen, but is it worth your hard-earned cash? Not unless you're really into chaotic pop. However, there is definitely a time for this album -it's great for silly dancing. Especially if you love wearing sharp suits two sizes too small, dramatic eye make up and glitter. Even more so if you've perfected the clunky robotics that was all the rage a couple of decades ago. And if you can get to see them live while you're doing it, you'll have found the perfect time and place for Clor.