Recommended by Dave Segal
Seeing the Clientele in autumn is like catching the Sun Ra Arkestra on Saturn: Talk about perfect set and setting... I've racked my fevered brain to think of a rock band that more deftly evokes the gentle shivers and romantic tinge of a sunny fall day in the park, as well as the melodic grace of the Zombies' Odessey and Oracle customized for an era of diminished expectations. None compares. Music for the Age of Miracles, like all of the other six Clientele albums, is among the best of its given year (see “Lunar Days” for its apex). Miracles is an ice pack for your fretting mind, balm for this damned age of 24/7 anxiety.