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  • Audio CD (23 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B001TPSZC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're in It
2. That's the Reason
3. The Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker
4. Bitchin' in the Kitchen
5. The Woes of the Working Women
6. 1989
7. Shackleton
8. The Light of Your Mac
9. Mullers Rachet
10. The Final Hill

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BBC Review

The Rakes are a four-piece outfit from the London, who first came to prominence in 2005 with the singles 22 Grand Job and Strasbourg and the smashing debut album Capture/Release. Angular and far wiser than their then contemporaries, The Rakes struggled for a bit with a difficult second album, 2007's Ten New Messages - although in fairness, the difficulty lay more in the public's refusal to pick it up, rather than some mental new direction - and after fleeing to Berlin for a rethink, came up with this mighty Klang.

Recent history has been littered with those that fell at the fences. Concepts that run steamless after ten minutes; band names that out-cool everyone else's; haircuts that gives gravitas in these troubled times; Bloc Party rapidly becoming insufferable. The Rakes' Alan Donohoe and chums stuck to their guns, and with ten tracks clocking in just under 30 minutes, they may have made their masterpiece. For in these 29 plus minutes is economy, tunes and a complete lack of waffle. Like a sta-prest Jacques Brel, a George-at-Asda Roxy Music, or perhaps a socks-from-Tesco concerned Bowie, it's Donohoe's poetry of the mundane and way with a word that allows them a wide remit in these challenging times.

Klang Is the sound of a band cladding themselves for the future in wry, possibly deeply important tones. Lead single 1989 concerns The Velvet Revolution, The Loneliness Of The Outdoor Smoker reflects the isolation of the nicotine outcast with v-neck elan. Opener You're In It sinks its edges and hooks into your skin and gradually tears away at your flesh for the remainder. Shackleton is the unlikely sound of Alan with a post-gym horn on. The Rakes do seduction: though it's more of a sofa-fumble than anything that would encroach on Donna Summer territory, before post-coital boredom.

Klang, then: the concise ongoing panache of bricklayer indie. An art bleat collage of angles and booze. The Rakes are one of the finest bands operating in your lifetime, and Klang proves that. The best 29 minutes and 12 seconds of 2009 thus far. --Ian Wade

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Williams on 26 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
It has been a couple of years since the fantastic 'Ten New Messages' and the Rakes have returned with a third album of spiky punky songs. Clocking in at under 30 minutes it makes for exhilarating listening and the album starts off at a fantastic speed with the brilliant 'You're In It' and 'That's The Reason' with the latter being the best song on the album.

The pace continues with 'Smoker' which gives us a good insight into modern Britain. The album dips in form with 'Bitchin' In The Kithen' but luckily picks up again with the sing-along classic '1989'. 'Shakelton' allows the album to carry on in a good form with a raw guitar verse and chorus. A driving bass line carries the next song and the final two songs see the album off in fine style with the piano driven 'Mullers Racket' and the superb 'The Final Hill.'

A good album from The Rakes but one that will no doubt be overlooked by the majority of the record buying public. For those of us who have got this album, let us cherish another fun loving album!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Livesey on 15 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had never heard of this band before purchasing this album, I actually was influenced by the cover art (Something quite common for me, and i've bought my fair share of stinkers as a result!). It's a very easy listen, quite raw sounding (compared to their early stuff as I later found out)and fairly short - just under half an hour. For the money you can't really go wrong.
Stand out tracks for me include 'That's The Reason', '1989' and 'Mullers Ratchet'
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Skinner on 20 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
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.
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