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"Secret"

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Iradelphic

If I could use one word to describe Iradelphic, Clark’s long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Totems Flare, I would call it “interesting.” Not a bad interesting or even a good interesting, just…interesting. Like an interesting plant that catches your eye at the store that you may or may not take home. It’s such a contradictory album that, unlike the chaos of Totems Flare, sounds more like a playful musical scrapbook. From piano ballads to jazz numbers to ambient lullabies, Clark has a lot of good ideas on this album, he just doesn’t know what to do with them all. The album inevitably can’t help but sound  disjointed. By themselves, however, a few of the songs sound solid. The laid-back, trip-hoppish  ”Open” and “Secret” are obvious standouts, while “The Pining Pt 1-3” hangs on dearly to the “old” Clark. Iradelphic  somehow manages to be wonderful, messy and frustrating all at the same time.

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