Let It All In
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Let It All In is the sixth studio album from I Am Kloot, and the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-nominated album Sky At Night. The album is co-produced by Elbow front man Guy Garvey, who also produced the band's debut record Natural History.
“The future keeps coming,” warns I Am Kloot’s frontman, John Bramwell, twice over the course of I Am Kloot’s sixth studio album Let It All In. On Hold Back the Night, he spits it: you must fear and fight the future, he seems to tell us; you must grasp whatever crumbs you can from the present. Yet, on These Days Are Mine, he offers us a rare optimism. Look forward to what’s to come. The days will be better, full of life, so don’t you worry.
What is the future for I Am Kloot? As the band enters its 14th year, their bitter poetry seems destined to always remain a sideshow attraction. Even with the Elbow connection (Guy Garvey and Craig Potter produce this album, as they have prior efforts), even with their 2010 Mercury nomination for Sky at Night, I Am Kloot’s ascent has been glacial.
A possible explanation for the band’s cult constancy without a mainstream breakthrough is that they simply enjoy obstinacy. In this spirit, Let It All In feels like a snub to those who might have picked up on the band from the lush Sky at Night. I Am Kloot have replaced that album’s rich texture with a careworn poignancy. It recalls their earlier, coarser albums.
It’s not that the melodies on Let It All In are sour. Indeed, Some Better Day has the parping horns of a Sunday afternoon concert in the local park, and Masquerade somehow combines Manchester jangle with flamenco flourish. Sometimes the sound is huge: the axe interlude in Bullets and the string-laden grandeur of Hold Back the Night are genuine arms-aloft moments. Yet, even at at most epic turns, there’s a real abrasiveness to this. Lyrical spears and vocal splinters constantly snag the ears.
The net result is a baleful, almost bluesy collection of songs that’s certainly harder to love than Sky at Night. But it’s a consistently intriguing album and, in the long run, may even prove more enduring than its predecessor. At the very least, it’s another strong contribution to an uncompromising back catalogue.
The future is unlikely to be Kloot. But lurking in the shadows of the present suits them well.
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Top Customer Reviews
Other songs like the bittersweet "Mouth on Me" harks back to childhood themes and showcases how this band fit together like a well worn glove.Read more ›
They have produced some great work to date but "Let It All In" is, in my opinion, streets ahead of anything else they have ever previously recorded.
The production is perfect.
Lyrically it is wonderful.
" Bullets" is pure genius.
The music is beautifully crafted with a tasty choice of instrumentation which provides the perfect canvass for John Bramwell's fabulously delivered vocal lines.
The trumpet on Some Better Day is exquisite and there is almost a Beatles vibe going on upon some of the tracks, yet this is merely a loose comparison as I Am Kloot always stamp their own inimitable identity upon all their work.
On the whole, there is a more reflective flavour to this album yet it still has enough bite.
Each track weaves its own magical spell and the song order keeps a superb sense of movement throughout the whole listen with subtle, clever twists and turns.
Along with Villagers "Awayland", this is one of the great albums, already, of 2013.
It would seem we are in for a treat this year as the bar is raised, so the standard has been set.
Album opener "Bullets" is a mournful, minor-key piece of dramatic brilliance which almost reads like a psychological thriller: "You treat your body like a cheap hotel/somewhere you can stay but never stop". The instrumental break almost brings to mind a dance number in a darkened cabaret room as the guitar solo viciously tears apart the melody line. The chorus of sublime title track, "Let It All In" offers the first warm positivity of the album and feels like sunlight breaking through the grey clouds. "Hold Back The Night" starts with a minimalist approach of bass and Bramwell's pained vocals, with guitar and drums joining in tentatively, hesitantly, building the fullness of the sound with each verse, until the instrumental break kicks in, when some sumptuous, scintillating strings take over the piece and make it soar, building to a goosebumps-on-the-skin climax with the lead guitar that leaves the listener almost breathless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think Guy Garvey is getting the hang of I Am Kloot. I've felt past productions have either just recorded them as is (no bad thing) or has gone to the other end of the spectrum... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kaufman Is My Brother
Some may have problems with the slightly nasal/flat/sharp voice of frontman John Bramwell, but for me his compositions are strong enough to compensate for that. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Peter De Ridder
'Let It all In' is an album which takes a while to sink in. The bands lyrics, while obviously poetic and cleverly constructed, don't join up many dots for me as far as... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Antony May
Had a few Kloot albums came to them late but am so glad I found them as they can be astounding!!Published on 19 May 2014 by russ how
Bought because of Guy Garvey connection. Good listening and well produced. Sings tell a story and album gets better with each listenPublished on 30 Mar. 2014 by Ken
I love this band and listen to this while writing. Hold back the night is the best track on the album.Published on 4 Jan. 2014 by Jonathan Nicholas - Author