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I Am Kloot are in familiar miserably poetic folk-song territory
if only because they try so hard and John Peel liked them. With this, their follow-up, they’re in familiar miserably poetic folk-song territory. For some reason, every song evokes the pub. Downbeat moments like ‘Shoeless’ and ‘Let Them All In’ are the sound of men nursing a pint and grumbling for an hour at lunchtime. The suspenseful and faster-paced ‘Hold Back The Night’ captures that pleasing moment when the doubles take hold and you start chatting happily to everyone in the room. The very sing-along-able ‘These Days Are Mine’, with its dramatic orchestral string outro, is the moment five pals walk back to someone’s house via the off-licence, bawling ‘Wonderwall’ in unison.
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