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A northerner, sighs
on 18 October 2010
I am Kloot are everything I like about a band. They are unassuming. They specialize in dark, somber and carefully crafted, non-populist songs. They are from the North. They are friends with Elbow - a band I have admired for a long time - and Elbow have produced this album. I was a fan before I even bought the album. But, I've listened to the album now and I'm feeling, well, disappointed.
They have obviously spent a great deal of time and effort on producing this album. Every track has been carefully tinkered and processed but the result is bland. The album lacks any truly great moments that lift you out of your seat and grab your attention. It all just floats along, very nicely, punctuated by a healthy dose of Elbow production gloss and then it ends ...
I`ve tried listening a few more times, but the album has failed to resonate with me. And now, multiple plays later it is beginning to irritate me. I find myself skipping tracks. The lyrics are very repetitive. For many songs, once you have heard the first verse, you've heard almost the entire song as it just gets repeated a few more times and then ends. I found myself longing to hear a traditionally structured song containing verse, chorus, verse, chorus, middle-eight, verse, chorus, chorus.
`Radiation' is a good example. It's an attempt to produce an epic along the lines of `One Day Like This', but whereas Elbow have managed to produce a song that builds and builds and always makes my speakers shake. (I think, it's because I find myself unable to resist turning it up) `Radiation' just seems to go round in circles.
Still, it's not all doom and gloom, there are some (really good) gloomy moments. `Northern Skies' is an enjoyable piece. A slow, off-key introduction runs perfectly into a gentle acoustic guitar and a song about fate and destiny. There are individual moments of genius here, but they are just not carried through and explored sufficiently. It's a safe album that takes no risks. Sigh. I think they can do, much, much better than this. (Make me) try harder.