AOTY 2023

Music for the Age of Miracles

The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #104 / 933
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2017 Ratings: #433
September 22, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / Label
Indie Pop / Genre
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God Is in the TV

This is an album that encapsulates absolutely everything that makes The Clientele one of the best groups the UK has ever produced. Music For The Age Of Miracles is a glorious return from music’s best-kept secret.

The 405
More than ever, the human experience is tangible through their music, and they manage to create those unmaintainable moments of joy that can, in a moment or a movement, dissolve into something else entirely; a memory of something long forgotten, a vision of your inconsequentiality in the world, a realisation that everything is temporary.
Northern Transmissions
Eight albums deep, the Clientele are masters of a mood and sound, letting their writing do the talking more than ever. Like a magical fairy tale this album sets you right into its world and keeps you hypnotized from start to finish in its constantly beautiful arrangements.

Music for The Age of Miracles is an excellent record and a level above Minotaur, without scaling the heights of their first four albums. More 2009’s Bonfires On The Heath than Suburban Light, perhaps. Even so, this is a cut above most of the competition, and The Clientele’s devoted fan base will lap it up.

The times are always right for music as healing and calm as the Clientele's; the times surrounding the release of this wonderfully peaceful and uplifting album need it even more -- and, thankfully, the band has responded with some of its best work ever.
No Ripcord
In a world that's gone mad, this mesmerizing confection is like a balm, bewitching the listener with soothing reveries. For now, it stands as The Clientele's best.

What is startling is the abundance of new ideas and feeling of renewed vitality on Music For The Age Of Miracles, qualities that make the songs as compelling as any the band have recorded.

Under the Radar
This is the culmination of the band's reunion, which started in 2014 and has produced U.S. and European dates. It's nice to have them back!

You could probably get away with saying that Music for the Age of Miracles is pure, classic Clientele.


The bulk of Music for the Age of Miracles is simply evidence that the Clientele can still sound like the Clientele, albeit one tempered and softened by age. This is a pair of old slacks, slipped on for a lazy Sunday afternoon.




Fav tracks: Lunar Days, Falling Asleep, The Age of Miracles


If not quite at the same level, this unassuming release has the same sort of magical ‘tiptoeing through the tulips at witching hour’ vibe as Mercury Rev’s enduring classic ‘Deserter’s Songs’. While this album registers low on stand out cuts, it makes up for this in consistency - both in quality and style.

Measured. Classy.


No hay nadie como ellos en las islas. Un nuevo trabajo para relamerse. Que estén de vuelta es la mejor noticia posible en el aburrido panorama pop global.

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Track List

  1. The Neighbour
  2. Lyra in April
  3. Lunar Days
  4. Falling Asleep
  5. Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself
  6. Lyra in October
  7. Everyone You Meet
  8. The Circus
  9. Constellations Echo Lanes
  10. The Museum of Fog
  11. North Circular Days
  12. The Age of Miracles

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Added on: June 15, 2017