Suburban Light

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Suburban Light
Suburban light.jpg
Studio album by The Clientele
Released 28 November 2000
Genre
Length 44:15
Label
Producer The Clientele
The Clientele chronology
A Fading Summer
(2000)A Fading Summer2000
Suburban Light
(2000)
Lost Weekend
(2002)Lost Weekend2002
Singles from Suburban Light
  1. "What Goes Up" / "Five Day Morning"
    Released: June 1998
  2. "Reflections After Jane" / "An Hour Before the Light"
    Released: March 1999
  3. "Lacewings" / "Saturday"
    Released: September 1999
  4. "I Had to Say This" / "Monday's Rain"
    Released: December 1999
  5. "(I Want You) More Than Ever" / "6AM Morningside"
    Released: February 2000
  6. "Bicycles"
    Released: June 2000

Suburban Light is the debut studio album by British indie pop band The Clientele. The album was released on 28 November 2000 by Pointy Records in the United Kingdom. In 2001, it was released by Merge Records in the United States. Suburban Light contains several tracks originally released on singles and compilations from 1997 through 2000.

Release[edit]

The track "We Could Walk Together" first appeared on the Fierce Panda Records compilation Cry Me a Liver in November 1997. Several other tracks were issued as 7-inch singles across various labels: "What Goes Up" / "Five Day Morning" on Pointy Records in June 1998, "Reflections After Jane" / "An Hour Before the Light" on Johnny Kane Records in March 1999, "Lacewings" / "Saturday" on Motorway Records in September 1999, "I Had to Say This" / "Monday's Rain" on Pointy Records in December 1999, and "(I Want You) More Than Ever" / "6AM Morningside" on Elefant Records in February 2000. "Bicycles" was issued as a 10-inch EP on March Records in June 2000.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork9.1/10[4]
PopMatters9/10[5]
Spin7/10[6]
Under the Radar8/10[7]

In 2009, Suburban Light was ranked at number 80 on Pitchfork's list of the best albums of the 2000s.[8] In 2018, Pitchfork listed it at number 21 on its list of the 30 best dream pop albums.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Clientele.

UK version
No.TitleLength
1."I Had to Say This"3:34
2."Rain"2:34
3."Reflections After Jane"3:21
4."We Could Walk Together"2:34
5."Monday's Rain"5:05
6."Joseph Cornell"2:23
7."An Hour Before the Light"2:30
8."(I Want You) More Than Ever"3:03
9."Saturday"3:52
10."Five Day Morning"4:08
11."Bicycles"2:14
12."As Night Is Falling"5:13
13."Lacewings"3:44
US version
No.TitleLength
1."I Had to Say This"3:34
2."Rain"2:34
3."Reflections After Jane"3:21
4."We Could Walk Together"2:34
5."Monday's Rain"5:05
6."Joseph Cornell"2:23
7."What Goes Up"3:35
8."(I Want You) More Than Ever"3:03
9."6AM Morningside"1:51
10."Five Day Morning"4:08
11."From a Window"2:40
12."As Night Is Falling"5:13
13."Lacewings"3:44

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Suburban Light adapted from album liner notes.[10]

The Clientele

  • Alasdair MacLean – vocals, guitar
  • James Hornsey – bass
  • Mark Keen – drums
  • Daniel Evans – additional drums
  • Howard Monk – additional drums

Design

  • Seonad MacLean – photography
  • Marianna Parker – photography
  • Basia Taboda – sleeve design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Suburban Light – The Clientele". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Clientele: Suburban Light". Entertainment Weekly: 80. 25 May 2001. 
  3. ^ Clarke, Betty (17 November 2000). "The Clientele: Suburban Light (Pointy Records)". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Richardson, Mark (27 May 2014). "The Clientele: Suburban Light". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Elingburg, Scott (10 July 2014). "The Clientele: Suburban Light (Reissue)". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Fields, Gaylord (June 2001). "The Clientele: Suburban Light". Spin. 17 (6): 146. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Hamm, Ryan E. C. (16 May 2014). "The Clientele: Suburban Light". Under the Radar. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 100–51". Pitchfork. 30 September 2009. p. 3. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums". Pitchfork. 16 April 2018. p. 1. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  10. ^ Suburban Light (liner notes). The Clientele. Pointy Records. 2000. POINT003 CD. 

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