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Let It All In

Let It All In

by I Am Kloot
     
 

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For this follow-up to I Am Kloot's lush and focused 2010 Mercury Music Prize-nominated album Sky at Night, the Manchester indie trio wisely retained Elbow's Guy Garvey and Craig Potter as producers. However, while that record gave the Johnny Bramwell-fronted band's sound a game-changing, string-laden makeover

Overview

For this follow-up to I Am Kloot's lush and focused 2010 Mercury Music Prize-nominated album Sky at Night, the Manchester indie trio wisely retained Elbow's Guy Garvey and Craig Potter as producers. However, while that record gave the Johnny Bramwell-fronted band's sound a game-changing, string-laden makeover -- in the process nodding to Robert Kirby's work for Nick Drake's Bryter Layter -- Let It All In is a comparatively down-to-earth affair. Understated and succinct, with minor flashes of the band's trademark eccentricities, the spotlight here is most certainly on the material rather than how it's presented. Bramwell's deft acoustic guitar work forms the spine of the set, while the ever tasteful rhythm section supplied by Peter Jobson and Andy Hargreaves is given fair room to shine, just as it was on their outstanding Garvey-produced 2001 debut, Natural History. There's a sleazy, burlesque feel to the opening "Bullets" -- echoing that album's "Twist" -- which accentuates all the aspects of their knowing, brooding sound that can be regarded as uniquely Kloot: modestly delivered poetic wit, delicately picked guitar, carefully brushed drums, and melodic walking bass. Elsewhere, there are inspired and welcome reminders of Bramwell's favorite imagery, most noticeably on the tender and reassuring "Shoeless" where we hear: "Don't let the clouds clutter up your sky/Let the TVs turn off their weary eyes." However, as Let It All In reaches the halfway mark, although the ensuing material is equally inventive, there's the distinct feeling that I Am Kloot have decided to pay direct tribute to many of their northwest England forbears for the remainder of the record. While the elegiac "Even the Stars" approximates Tim Booth singing a different lyric to Joy Division's "Atmosphere," "Masquerade" unashamedly nails the Rubber Soul-era Beatles sound, right down to the nasally, Lennon-esque vocal delivery. Next, on the equally '60s pop-influenced "Some Better Day," we're treated to a full-blown, rainbow-colored, kitchen-sink drama in the vein of a latter period Davy Jones-fronted Monkees track, before "These Days Are Mine" ushers in a "Tomorrow Never Knows"-style drone. So, while overall, I Am Kloot's sixth album reads like a heartfelt and stylized ten-chapter celebration of classic pop -- with the opening half consolidating Bramwell's position as one of England's most unjustifiably overlooked songwriters -- it's only a minor disappointment that four of the final five chapters included here sail dangerously close to pastiche.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099968262020
catalogNumber:
2058795

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

I Am Kloot   Primary Artist
Bob Marsh   Trumpet
Denise Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Everton Nelson   Violin,Group Member
Ian Burdge   Cello,Group Member
Chris Worsey   Cello,Group Member
John Bramwell   Group Member
Andy Hargreaves   Group Member
Natalia Bonner   Violin,Group Member
Christian Madden   Moog Synthesizer
Emma Owens   Viola,Group Member
Max Baillie   Violin,Viola,Group Member
Nicholas Madden   Saxophone
Peter Jobson   Group Member
Dan Broad   Guitar
Becca Williams   Choir, Chorus
Emma Towers   Choir, Chorus
Erika Van Steensburg   Choir, Chorus
John Purton   Choir, Chorus
Sinead Fletcher   Choir, Chorus
Millienia Strings   Strings
Spencer Rule   Choir, Chorus
Rosie Purton   Choir, Chorus
Natalie Purton   Choir, Chorus
Kathryn Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Jude Wilcock   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Guy Garvey   Producer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Craig Potter   Producer
John Bramwell   Composer
Christian Madden   Engineer
Seadna McPhail   Engineer
Nicholas Madden   Engineer
Dan Broad   Engineer

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