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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,399 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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2009 release, the third album from the British Rock/Pop quartet. The Rakes decided they wanted to record in a fresh and exciting new environment, so they relocated to an industrial area in the old Communist part of Berlin. "The London music scene is so dull - it's like wading through a swamp of shit. We just wanted to be somewhere more inspiring", said Rakes singer Alan Donohoe. "Someone suggested Berlin. It didn't take long for everyone to agree, we packed our bags and moved here just like that. We love it". They lived and recorded in the grounds of a Bauhaus-designed, Soviet radio station that had been converted into a studio. On working with producer Chris Zane, Alan Donohoe adds: "The album is raw, playful, exciting, complex and schizophrenic - much like the personality of Berlin itself. It couldn't be more of a fitting place to record it". V2.

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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