Clinging to a Scheme

The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2010 Ratings: #118 / 854
User Score
Based on 106 ratings
2010 Ratings: #19
April 20, 2010 / Release Date
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musicOMH

Despite having been together, in one incarnation or another, since the mid-'90s, this - surprisingly - is only the third album proper by the well-respected outfit from Lund, The Radio Dept.

The current and established line-up is founder member Johan Duncanson on guitar and vocals, longtime collaborator Martin Carlberg on guitar and Daniel Tjäder on keyboards. With it currently being something of a musical

and critical golden age for all things Swedish, these veterans would seem well-placed to reassert their prominence among their compatriots.

morningsbell
79
Great blend of electronic and shoegaze elements. Might need some extra listens to fully digest it.
74
The sheet music to “Clinging to a Scheme” would read like old-school indie pop, but in practice, the music is heavily filtered, blown out, and dreamy; it sounds like a plunderphonics version of twee pop. This unique take on indie pop makes The Radio Dept. stand out; “Clinging to a Scheme” doesn’t sound quite like anything else. The A-side in particular is stellar — alternately bouncy, jangly, and enigmatic, with some sneaky earworms in there to boot. When ... read more
MySoftBulletin
87
this has to be one of the most enjoyable listening experience I have ever had
sourcherry24
87
One of the best indie pop records, ever.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#19/The Needle Drop
#21/Under the Radar
#29/Treble

MISC LISTS

#24/Pitchfork (Dream Pop)

Track List

 

  1. Domestic Scene
  2. Heaven's on Fire
  3. This Time Around
  4. Never Follow Suit
  5. A Token of Gratitude
  6. The Video Dept.
  7. Memory Loss
  8. David
  9. Four Months in the Shade
  10. You Stopped Making Sense

 

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