...but is it rock and roll? What is this? Who cares, it's good. I'm not here to compare it to Internal Wrangler, only here to say that this record is amazing, it gives new hope to rock and roll (the new record comes out this year) and is a lot better than the White Stripes or the Strokes or Jet (etc, etc).
At first listen, it may seem too weird or daunting to you, but after awhile, you realize it's none of those things at all. Clinic can write a great, straightforward song ("Walking with Thee", with that buzzy organ and shouts of "no!") and a dancy, funky song like "Sunlight Bathes our Room". The songs are all brought to life with a nasal but unique lead singer and often have electronic touches to them, but take that away and the record is pretty simple rock and roll. "Welcome" might be my favorite song with its driving beat and cool whisperings of "disintegrate!". "Pet Eunuch" is the record's only straightforward rocker that is perfectly dense but in a weird, punkish way. "For the Wars" greatly closes the album with its great guitar melody and unsettling overall tone. "Walking with Thee" recalls everything (as one person said, right on the money if you ask me) from the Beach Boys to Zappa, but in a way that's not ironic or pretentious. A worthy new band makes a great record.