Clinic's self-titled EP collection gathers all of the Liverpool group's early singles, which they released on their own Aladdin's Cave of Golf imprint. On their very first EP, 1997's I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth - which, ironically enough, was named a Single of the Week by NME - Clinic's signature sound arrived fully formed: dramatic drums courtesy of Phil Spector, taut, chugging guitars and creepy, creaky organs. A-sides like "Monkey on Your Back" and "Cement Mixer" display Clinic's (relatively) pop side, but it's on the collection's B-sides where the group stretches their range. From Ade Blackburn's spooky yet sensual wail on "Porno" to thrashy numbers like "D.P." and "D.T." to "Evil Bill"'s scratch'n'surf guitar workout, Clinic displays the band's expertise at using a few sounds in a wide variety of ways. Though it's just nine songs long, the album is a must-have for fans missing these now hard to find EPs, or for anyone craving more Clinic after hearing Internal Wrangler.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares