Gods And Monsters





It is a well known fact that anyone who has met me knows that I am a sucker for British music. Needless to say, I am loving this new revival of British pop crossing the sea to find me in America. My only real concern about all this however is that most of the bands are in the same vein bringing nothing but big pop hooks and catchy throwaway lyrics. Afterall, isn't that what pop music is supposed to be? Fortunately for us, I Am Kloot does not think so. After learning of I Am Kloot from their sophomore release, I was happy to hear something entirely different with their self-titled album. British "pop" music that was intelligent, heartfelt, and cinematic. However, that was just an appetizer to wet my musical palate for the release of their third album, Gods And Monsters. Easily dubbed as their most ambitious and energized record, this Manchester trio fuses the songwriting styles of Badly Drawn Boy (circa Hour of Bewilderbeast) with lyrics that are crafted to cut to the heart. The northern/folk/jazz style is hard to deny, and at times teeters on being very Belle And Sebastian in nature. Such is the feeling with the overly feel good song "Over My Shoulder". Then there are the dirty, smoky, and jazz-infused "Strange Without You" and lounge-tastic "Sand And Glue" that showcase edgy guitar and intricate drum work. The David Lynch meets Freaks-era Pulp fury of "Ordinary Girl" is a wild ride that builds up musically to a wall of sound climax. "Avenue of Hope" is one of the best ballads on the album, if not for this year, and flaunts beautiful pianos, and Leonard Cohen-esque structures. "I Believe" is another contender in this ballad category and it could easily be placed in an independent film right before the credits roll. Gods And Monsters reminds us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that pop music doesn't have to be simple to stand out.

I Am Kloot
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