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Album Review: I Am Kloot – B Album (Skinny Dog)

By | Published on Monday 2 November 2009

I Am Kloot

Ten years since they first formed, Manchester’s most under-appreciated band (now that Elbow have hit the big time) mark their anniversary with this collection of B-sides, rarities and unreleased songs.

Spread over two CDs, these 28 tracks not previously seen fit for a proper release may be an intimidating prospect for anyone other than a die-hard Kloot fan. That said, the quality of what’s on offer does, in general, seem more suited to a ‘best of’ than some collection of cast-offs only desired by Kloot completists. Keeping mainly on the acoustic side of indie, tracks like ‘Junk Culture’ and ‘Fat Kids In Photographs’ are warm and welcoming takes on the little things in life that can mean so much. Things do get darker later on though, with ‘This House Is Haunted’ a fitting release for Halloween – discordant and vengeful, and showcasing another side of the band.

Admittedly, 28 previously unreleased tracks in one go is a trawl, as it would be with any artist. Especially when the second CD throws in the occasional oddity to test your patience – ‘Dogs Howl’ does not lie about its content. But one at time, these are great albums, offering you the chance to experience an undeservedly rarely heard side of an undeservedly rarely heard of band. TM

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