Play Moolah Rouge Skinny Dog

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - BRIAN BOYD

This very un­der­stated Manch­ester act have been de­liv­ered in­ter­est­ing yet non-head­line-grab­bing mu­sic over the course of three pre­vi­ous al­bums. On the 10-track Play Moolah Rouge they con­tinue with an ap­peal­ing sound that lies some­where be­tween REM and The Coral. One Man Brawl, the opener, is all woozy gui­tars, with a ter­rific set of al­most Mor­ris­sey-es­que lyrics and the ju­di­cious use of a Ham­mond or­gan. The real stand­out track is the ab­sorb­ing Fer­ris Wheels, which comes across like a Manch­ester indie band try­ing to do a nu-coun­try song but pulling up short. It’s the sort of lay­ered song The Killers would, eh, kill for. Else­where, Hey Lit­tle Bird shows how much variety I Am Kloot have in their bag of tricks. A qui­etly, if not de­fi­antly, good album from one of con­tem­po­rary rock’s least feted acts. www.iamk­loot.com Down­load tracks: One Man Brawl, Fer­ris Wheels

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