Natural History (I Am Kloot album)

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Natural History
Studio album by I Am Kloot
Released 26 March 2001
Recorded Studio Studio, Rochdale
The Elbow Rooms, Manchester
The Big House, Manchester
Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides
Genre Indie rock
Length 42:58
Label We Love You (Wall of Sound)
Producer Guy Garvey
I Am Kloot chronology
Natural History
(2001)
I Am Kloot
(2003)
Singles from Natural History
  1. "Titanic" / "To You"
    Released: 15 November 1999
  2. "Twist" / "86 TV's"
    Released: 13 March 2000
  3. "Dark Star"
    Released: 26 February 2001
  4. "Morning Rain"
    Released: 2 July 2001

Natural History is the debut album by English rock band I Am Kloot, released to much eagerness from the British music press in 2001. The album was produced by Guy Garvey, lead singer for the Manchester-based band Elbow.

Although reaching a low chart placing outside the top 100, the band built up a dedicated and loyal fanbase through touring and promotion. The album itself is widely viewed as some of I Am Kloot's best work to date. Prior to the album's release, the band released two singles on Ugly Man Records: "Titanic"/"To You" in November 1999, and "Twist"/"86 TV's" in March 2000. The album itself spawned two further singles: "Dark Star" in February 2001, and "Morning Rain" in July 2001.

All songs written by John Harold Arnold Bramwell.

Track listing[edit]

1. "To You" 3:16
2. "Morning Rain" 3:21
3. "Bigger Wheels" 3:27
4. "No Fear of Falling" 2:10
5. "Loch" 4:33
6. "Storm Warning" 3:58
7. "Dark Star" 2:21
8. "Stop" 3:55
9. "Sunlight Hits the Snow" 2:43
10. "Twist " 2:57
11. "86 TV's" 2:54
12. "Because" 7:18
  "Because" includes a hidden track called "Graffiti".[1]

The remastered 2013 edition includes three bonus tracks: "Titanic", "Over My Shoulder" and "Stand Another Drink (Proof)".[2]

Track listing (different running order)[edit]

1. "To You" 3:16
2. "Morning Rain" 3:21
3. "Twist" 2:57
4. "86 TV's" 2:56
5. "Bigger Wheels" 3:30
6. "Loch" 4:33
7. "Storm Warning" 3:59
8. "Dark Star" 2:22
9. "Stop" 3:56
10. "Sunlight Hits the Snow" 2:44
11. "No Fear of Falling" 2:10
12. "Because" 7:18
  "Because" includes a hidden track called "Graffiti".[1]

The Japanese edition includes two bonus tracks: "Over My Shoulder" and "Titanic".[3]

Contributing musicians[edit]

Album ratings[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Independent (favourable)[4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10 stars[6]
The Guardian' 4/5 stars[7]
Yahoo! Music UK & Ireland 8/10 stars[8]
London Evening Standard 3/5 stars[9]

Singles[edit]

sources:[3][10][11]

title label format,
catalog number
release date track listing charts additional
informations
"Titanic"/"To You" Ugly Man Records gramophone record 7",
Ugly 16
1 November 1999 (Manchester);
15 December 1999 (the rest of the country)
"Titanic"/"To You"
(double A-side)
Limited edition of 1000 copies.
"Twist"/"86 TV's" Ugly Man Records gramophone record 7" (red vinyl),
Ugly 17
14 February 2000 (Manchester);
1 May 2000 (the rest of the country)
"Twist"/"86 TV's"
(double A-side)
Limited edition.
We Love You CDS,
AMOUR4D
1 May 2000 (UK) 1. "Twist"
2. "86 TV's"
3. "86 TV's" (music video)
"Dark Star" We Love You gramophone record 7",
AMOUR9S
26 February 2001 A. "Dark Star"
B. "To You"
UK Singles Chart: 90[3]
CDS,
AMOUR9D
1. "Dark Star"
2. "To You"
3. "Titanic"
"Morning Rain" We Love You gramophone record 7",
AMOUR11S
25 June 2001 A. "Morning Rain"
B. "Proof (demo)"[12]
UK Singles Chart: 94[3]
CDS,
AMOUR11D
1. "Morning Rain"
2. "Proof (demo)"[13]
3. "Twist (Live)" (Paris, La Boule Noire, Valentine's Day 2001[13])

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IAK forum
  2. ^ "I Am Kloot - Natural History - Remastered Edition / Wall Of Sound". Piccadilly Records. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d I Am Kloot favouritesky – discography
  4. ^ Andy Gill (23 March 2001). "This Week's Album Releases". The Independent. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Tim DiGravina. "Natural History – Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Tony Naylor (26 March 2001). "I Am Kloot: Natural History. Manchester troubadours deliver highly-strung debut". New Musical Express. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Paul Lester, Caroline Sullivan, Dave Simpson, Maddy Costa (23 March 2001). "Pop CD releases: Beaten to a pulp". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Ian Watson (22 March 2001). "I Am Kloot – 'Natural History'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Max Bell (28 March 2001). "Kloot are a hoot - aren't they?". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "collo.tripod.com – discography". Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  11. ^ www.iamkloot.com/www/singles – the copy from 8 December 2005, archived in Internet Archive
  12. ^ Morning Rain (7") at Discogs. [retrieved 5 March 2010].
  13. ^ a b Morning Rain (CDS) at Discogs. [retrieved 5 March 2010].