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Gods and Monsters

I Am Kloot

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Album Review

With a title like Gods and Monsters, one expects I Am Kloot to pull out all the stops on their third album. Sadly, Johnny Bramwell and company seem asleep at the wheel, coasting lazily while offering what feels like 13 rough demos in search of hooks and compelling lyrics. Coming from a band that's known for off-kilter wordplay, musical immediacy, and dazzling changes of pace, these songs feel rushed and uninspired. "Over My Shoulder" might be the lone standout, and perhaps the only song that recalls the charm of Natural History and the bright emotion of the band's self-titled second album. This is a band that in its press materials compares itself to Harold Pinter's realism in a world of Cecil B. DeMille mock-ups. These press materials also proclaim the band's "misanthropic and surreal wit" as a selling point, but there's nothing of the kind on display here. Instead, Gods and Monsters is an album of straightforward rock, pop, and folk songs that rely more on mood and atmosphere than on songwriting or melodies. The sparse production strives for the mad psychedelic vibes of the Franz Ferdinand set, but with most of the songs coming across like Badly Drawn Boy knockoffs, there's a constant sense that things simply aren't gelling. Instead, one gets the impression he or she is listening to a series of jam sessions that never get off the ground. That Gods and Monsters, Rovi

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Ignored for too long

I Am Kloot have been regulars on the Manchester music scene for years but have never shot to fame which, for the sake of their music, is probably just as well, although I suspect that the band might disagree. Anyone looking for original, bittersweet pictures of modern life should look no further. If pushed to choose one track then I guess Over My Shoulder is my personal favourite.

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One of the most consistent bands: I can listen to this over and over and not get tired of it. I don't think there is a single I am Kloot song that I don't like! Sad and uplifting. Highlights of this album, for me, are Gods and Monsters, Avenue of Hope and Dead Men's Cigarettes.

well good

astray annd avenue of hope, over my shoulder and pretty much every song on this album is a must for anyone who can put the time in to really listen to an album. there is a diversaty to this that speaks class. very accomplshed without any pomp. if you like Elbow you will definatley find something here you like . a lot of the songs start as if you would,nt like them but by the end your hooked, its just good songwriting and as touching as anything bieng released now. its not for the terraces but whats wrong with that.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

I Am Kloot is an oddball pop trio based in Manchester, England, that consists of vocalist/guitarist John Bramwell, drummer Andy Hargreaves, and guitarist/bassist Pete Jobson. Bramwell used his contacts as a gig promoter to reel in Hargreaves and Jobson from their former bands. A week after their first show (at the same venue Bramwell promoted gigs at), they released their debut single, Titanic/To You. After another single in early 2000, the group signed to Wall of Sound offshoot We Love You. A two-part...
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