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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the British post-punk experimental band is "a satirical take on British culture" and its first studio album in seven years.
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  1. May 21, 2019
    80
    As with all of its predecessors, Wheeltappers and Shunters doesn't outstay its welcome, clocking in at just over two minutes short of half an hour. For a band who've been all but impossible to pigeonhole from the outset, this represents another genre transcending excursion into territories many of their peers would never consider.
  2. May 17, 2019
    80
    The last few records have seen them experimenting successfully with dashes of vivid colour, spinning bass lines towards the dubby area of the spectrum and enjoying a laugh at theirs and others’ expense. Wheeltappers & Shunters continues the trend, with music of colour, mixing its cold shivers with moments of unexpected charm.
  3. May 13, 2019
    80
    It’s music that manages to be both taut and immersive. The latter sensation is heightened by the enigmatic weirdness of the album’s lyrics, which conjure up a fragmented vision of Britain’s past, at odds with the cover image of a delightful thatched cottage.
  4. May 17, 2019
    80
    Any fears that the band is skimping after such a delay between releases are soon allayed once the music starts, for what we have here is a high concentration of ideas that punch well above their supposed weight.
  5. Uncut
    May 13, 2019
    70
    Queasy nostalgia suits Clinic. ... Wheeltappers offers more of the same--but you knew that. [Jun 2019, p.26]
  6. May 16, 2019
    70
    And, on the whole, Clinic’s paean to the 70s is a satisfying reinforcement of the current, clichéd view of that decade. It is lovingly put together. It yearns to experience an age that is tantalisingly close, but entirely out of reach.
  7. May 13, 2019
    69
    These are novel variations on the familiar Clinic sound. Some, like the queasy synth refrain in “Rubber Bullets,” work less well than others. And some of the melodies seem rather thin, considering the band had six years to generate them (looking at you, “Mirage” and “Rejoice!”). That’s an ancient weakness of the group, and Wheeltappers and Shunters is nothing if not steeped in the past.

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