After the mediocre second album, The Rakes return with 'Klang'.
It doesn't stray far from their tried and tested spiky guitar pop nuggets, but it's a much better album than the last one.
The lyrics are humourous at times, and unlike 'Ten New Messages', the songs are much stronger, the tunes are catchier, and overall it's simply a better album. The band decamped to East Germany for the recording, and this album displays a freshness that may be associated with the change of location.
'1989' & 'Shackleton' are the album highlights for me, however, this is an album I can happily leave to run it's course without skipping any tracks.