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Review: I Am Kloot @ The Lowry, Salford
GIGS in theatres are always slightly odd. The natural urge is to be somewhat reverent in such a grand setting, and so there’s little singing along and even the end-of-song applause is always polite.
Despite this, I Am Kloot used the setting of The Lowry to their advantage when they appeared, with smoke and (occasionally overexuberant) lighting adding to the sense of occasion.
They have an impressive back catalogue to work through, and managed to weave in songs not just from the Mercury-nominated Sky At Night, but also from the past 10 years.
The juddering beauty of Twist was a real highlight, and is made all the more heartwrenching by the catch in John Bramwell’s voice.
Despite an impressive backing band, Kloot are at their best when they are alone on stage as a threesome.
I Still Do was incredibly haunting, while Proof showcased the quick lyrical brilliance for which the band has become known.
While he might seem like a miserable Mancunian, Bramwell was never far from a wry joke or a dry comment, and there was a sly smile at points that suggests that some of those lyrics were intended to be just as suggestive as they sound.
“If heaven is a place upon your skin,” he sang in Fingerprints, and you could practically hear the female hearts start racing in the audience, “that I may have touched from without and within...”
And finally, those often-unnecessary lights came into their own during closer Radiation, when the simple repeated refrains became something almost hypnotic, sweeping the audience up into a standing ovation.