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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shepherd Moon
  • ASIN: B009JYHNJ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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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.

BBC Review

“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.

--Jeanette Leech

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"I Am Kloot's" last album "The Sky at night" was a gem and John Bramwell's mixture of twisted sad laments and heart warming anthems should have dominated the charts for an eternity. True a Mercury nomination followed and the presence of the Elbow heavyweights Guy Garvey and Craig Potter at the mixing desk generated significant interest. But while it shone a light on the band the beam was not dazzling. On this new album "Let it all in" the same producers are back although if anything this is a less commercial beast with much of the lushness removed and return to the punchy harder edge of earlier albums with a number of first takes included. It may however be more of a stayer since the quality as ever that shines through. The opener is the burlesque blues of "Bullets" and sees Bramwell bitterly reflecting that "you treat your mind like a cheap hotel/somewhere you can stay but never stop" until it also crashes into a ferocious guitar solo which echoes a Tom Waits style intervention. "Let them all in" is a gentle acoustic number beautifully sung by Bramwell with understated band accompaniment while the excellent "Hold back the Night" could have alternatively figured on Portishead's trip hop gloomy masterpiece "Dummy". It starts with a bass and vocal, an echoing guitar sparingly inserting lonely notes until a the introduction of a pounding piano is eventually swept away by dramatic orchestral strings. As a single it will not trouble the charts but as a great song it ticks all the boxes.

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.
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I have always enjoyed I Am Kloot.
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.
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I can't begin to say how much I absolutely love this album! There isn't a bad track on it and it is definately is my top album so far this year. It's one of those rare albums that I can sit and listen to with my headphones on and it makes my soul happy! Well with a few quid.
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Another brilliant album by one of the most underrated bands ever. Some great tunes and, as ever, beautiful vocals. It's a shame that they don't get greater recognition. This album has all the familiar sound that made Sky At Night such a wonderful and enduring album and this time Guy Garvey's assistance has put the shine on some more great compositions.
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2013
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"Let It All In" is the Manchester-based band's sixth studio album and the second produced by Elbow's Guy Garvey and Craig Potter and, in my opinion, is probably the best thing the band have ever put their name to which, given the quality of their previous material, is no small claim. It took a few plays, but once the songs established themselves in my mind, there was no removing them. This is simply a marvellous, beautifully written and performed piece of work from the first to the last note. John Bramwell, the singer, guitarist and songwriter is currently in the form of his life and this album is comprised of ten individually superb slices of emotionally-charged indie. If you can pigeon-hole the wonderful breadth of creativity on display here into a single category, that is (you can't!).

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.
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