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I Am Kloot

I Am Kloot Audio CD
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Acclaimed Manchester three-piece I Am Kloot release their eagerly awaited new album ‘Let It All In’ on January 21st on their Shepherd Moon label.

Produced by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Craig Potter, the new album follows 2010’s Mercury nominated ‘Sky at Night’ and cements the song writing fortitude of front man John Bramwell while confirming I am Kloot as ... Read more in Amazon's I Am Kloot Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Echo
  • ASIN: B0000BZSXT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled #1
2. From Your Favourite Sky
3. Life In A Day
4. Here For The World
5. A Strange Arrangement of Colour
6. Cuckoo
7. Mermaids
8. Proof
9. Sold As Seen
10. Not A Reasonable Man
11. 3 Feet Tall
12. The Same Deep Water As Me

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Two years on from their first release and being shoved under the collective woolly hat of the "new acoustic movement", I Am Kloot prove that, like many of their turn-of-the-century contemporaries, there's a lot more to them than introspective acoustic strumathons and scruffy Manchurian accents. From the whimsical romance of "From Your Favourite Sky" ("Who am I to dare to pull the stars from your favourite sky?" croons John Bramwell) to the the lo-fi rumblings of "Life in the Day", this is distorted British folk infused with a crusty northern accent and trickling melodies. "Untitled No. 1" demonstrates their ethos admirably, benefiting from a lazy but essential melody that the dirty, parched beast of "Life in the Day" seems to lack. (That's surprising, as Ian Broudie has produced this along with several others here.)

The melodic drought clears up though and the songs are free to reveal their character, imagination and scope, following country lanes of heartbreak and dusty tracks leading to romantic regrets, with "Here for the World" sounding like it could have been written and performed by Bono (at least in terms of the wry, sardonic delivery anyway). "We've no reminders / No old photograph / Did you come for the money / Will you leave for the lack?" Bramwell asks, rhetorically. In fact, there's more Snow Patrol and Johnny Cash here than Elbow. I Am Kloot is a black piece of work, ambitious and experienced--the tale of a weary traveller, sick with the world, but with the glory of it reflected in his tired eyes. Against the odds, I Am Kloot have managed to produce a classic, individual album of their own eccentric styling. --Cortman Virtue

BBC Review

Dishevelled, hard edged Mancunians I Am Kloot are back with more songs about what an utter mess life can be.

There is no great departure here from 2001's Natural History, but they seem to have come together more as a band, rather than just lead singer John Bramwell plus backing. That's not to say that his confrontational lyrical style is absent. In fact it's become even more complicated.

In second track "From Your Favourite Sky", he asks, sardonically, "Do you dare take a breath, do you dream of a tragic death, you delicate flower?" and then repents, asking, "Who am I to dare to pull the stars from your favourite sky?"

Andy Hargreave's charismatic tom-driven drumming drives along the single, "Life In A Day", and carries away the cheerful "3 Feet Tall". He's a fantastic drummer who combines perfectly with the harshness of the vocals: "Loneliness, it's got your name and your new address when it walks in the place is a mess and it drinks and never leaves..."

They're never overly clever with anything that they do, chord progressions and bass lines are hardly contrived. They're straightforward in the telling, and they've got some great stories to tell.

The spacious arrangement of "Cuckoo" sets it off as a powerful malicious song, and Bramwell manages to carry off the repetitious refrain with sufficient derision.

"Not A Reasonable Man" is underpinned by a sparse flamenco guitar as Bramwell talks about a relationship gone wrong. He honestly recounts the actions of a man on self destruct, where any shred of dignity is long gone: "Let them all in you know that I love a crowd, but they won't get the jokes, 'cos the laughter's too loud".

After all the disorder and torment of the previous 11 tracks the trio finish the record with a sublime track of calm: "The Same Deep Water As Me", complete with a string arrangement and a horn solo.

I Am Kloot could be seen as a documentation of timeless feuding, drinking and drunkenness, getting lost and falling over, in and around Manchester. How it really feels. Sometimes it's uncomfortable. I can almost smell the rain. --Lucy Davies

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM KLOOT- listen to them. 5 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had heard the first album "natural history" which stunned me so after hearing that their second was due to be realeased I obviously bought it straight away. Amazing, thats all, amazing. I never thought they could front on Natural History but they did. Every song is special in its own way and it makes me wonder what they are going to come up with next. This album is a stunning recording and takes some beating, if you buy a slightly more underground indie album this year make it I AM KLOOT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An album full of atmoshpere 2 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
I Am Kloots self-titled 2nd album strays away from their debut albums acoustic oriented stylings and forms a sonically fuller and heavier sound. Layering songs with textures from synths and keyboards to unusual effects like the rattling of chains in "Mermaids". For those new to the band this album is not at all hard to digest, it sits well with "Natural History" in terms of accessibility.
When an album can boast 4 singles and 3 other songs that could be thought of as single contenders out of the 12 that make up the album, that shows the quality of the final product. The standout tracks are "Life In A Day" with it's meaty rhythm section chugging along as suddenly the electric guitar rips in, "From Your Favourite Sky" the song that I Am Kloot recorded numerous times to get right, "Cuckoo" threatening and menacing, "Proof" is easily one of the best 2 songs on the album and almost made it as a single, "Sold As Seen" and "The Same Deep Water As Me" complete the albums strong points with the latter having an exquisite french horn solo in it that just completes a perfect song that I'm sure most wouldn't find moving.
Compared to their debut and most recent album this release sounds unlike either yet stands strong. The thing with I Am Kloot is that each album sounds unlike the others and this settles as my personal favourite, yet "Natural History" apparently is the consistent seller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, one of the best albums of the year. 17 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I Am Kloot's second album is full of glorius tunes, marvellous lyrics and choruses aimed directly at the hairs on the back of your neck. It is essentially an album of two halves. The first half is very dark and quite violent and contains gems such as the brilliant "Life In A Day" and "Cuckoo". The second half takes on a more mellow tone with beautiful melodies such as "Mermaids" and "I'm not a reasonable man". The energy of an I Am Kloot live performance is perfectly captured in this collection of songs, but unfortanately it's not perfect. For instance, the single, "3 feet tall" seems a bit out of place compared to the rest of the tracks. Also, the album needs to be listened to in it's entirety to be appreciated. The tracks are simply too short to be enjoyed alone. Apart from that though it's the musical equivalent of taking a hot bath. Relaxing and you feel good afterwards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars didn't he do (bram) well!!!! 24 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
What a gem. Finally i can rest my Grandaddy and Sigur Ros CD's and listen to something else. Haven't yet bought Natural History, but i think i may set my alarm a little earlier tomorrow to ensure that I do. Difficult to pinpoint individual tracks as it seems to me to be a genuine collective album, but after listening to "Cuckoo" 300 times, could they become England's answer to Interpol? Who cares , just buy the album, it is of the highest quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upsettingly Underrated 8 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
My Story:
My sound engineering teacher recommended them to me giving me a copy of this album. He insisted that the songs themselves were brilliantly constructed. I listened to the album once through and shelved the CD (I was probably more into a different genre at the time!).
I then went to the Hurricane Festival in Germany a few months later (2005 I think!) and they played there. The very moment I got back into Hamburg after the Festival I brought every I Am Kloot album I could find.
This Album:
I Am Kloot are a 3 piece band that incorperate 4 brilliant textures into their sound. The drummer has a wonderfully "snake-like" approach and weaves rather complex rhythms to the simplist of beats. The bass is quite heavy weighted and slow jazz stylely at times. But (apologise to the rest of the band!) the brilliance is in the vocals and guitar, the solo song "Proof" stands out on the album for it's ability to bring you back to reality with lyrics that all can relate to and confide in.
Among the 3 albums I think this is my favourite, as every tune is a winner.
These guys should be huge, but I'm so glad their not - 'cos their MINE!!

I don't like to compare bands but I do think that if you enjoy the work of Coldplay, Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, The Beatles, Rocky Votolato, etc

Oh, and they're one of the best lives I've ever seen (easily up there with Pearl Jam and The Wedding Present)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 13 July 2013
By Hayley
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After listening to this CD I genuinely cannot understand why I am Kloot aren't more popular. Great songs - you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best band in Britain 21 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Both Intimate and widescreen I Am Kloot write songs of such intricate simplicity that they deserve to be regarded as the best band in Britain. A band that simultaneously makes you look up at the heavens and consider what they might mean, whilst also reaffirming your love for the people in your life. Simply essential.
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