Sky at Night (album)

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Sky at Night
Studio album by I Am Kloot
Released 5 July 2010
Genre Indie pop/rock,[1]
adult alternative pop/rock,[1]
chamber pop[1]
Length 39:26[1]
Label Shepherd Moon / EMI
Producer Guy Garvey and Craig Potter
I Am Kloot chronology
B
(2009)
Sky at Night
(2010)
Let It All In
(2013)
Singles from Sky at Night
  1. "Northern Skies / Lately"
    Released: 2010 (digital download)
  2. "Proof"
    Released: 2010 (digital download)
  3. "Fingerprints"
    Released: 2010 (digital download)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music (favourable)[2]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[3]
Frank Cottrell Boyce (favourable)[4][5]
Crud Music Magazine 5/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Uncut 4/5 stars[8]
Daily Music Guide 4/5 stars[9]
London Evening Standard 4/5 stars[10]
Financial Times 4/5 stars[11]
Gigwise.com 3.5/5 stars[12]
The Independent 3/5 stars[13]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[14]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[15]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Sky at Night is the fifth studio album by English rock band I Am Kloot. The album was produced by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter of the band Elbow[2] and was released on 5 July 2010.[16] Since 2 July 2010, the whole album has been streamed for free on the guardian.co.uk website.[17]

On 20 July 2010, the album made the shortlist for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. On 15 November 2010, it was announced that Sky at Night has received the German Record Critics' Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) in the "Pop and Rock” category.[18]

Tracklisting[edit]

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:[19]

1. "Northern Skies" 4:04
2. "To the Brink" 4:18
3. "Fingerprints" 4:33
4. "Lately" 3:56
5. "I Still Do" 3:02
6. "The Moon Is a Blind Eye" 4:07
7. "Proof" 2:51
  a new version of "Proof" from the album I Am Kloot
8. "It's Just the Night" 3:00
9. "Radiation" 6:11
10. "Same Shoes" 3:20

All songs written by John Bramwell. The line "we've got all the bullets, but there's no-one left to shoot” comes from "Oblivious" – a song by Aztec Camera.

The Japanese edition of Sky at Night includes additional track (#11) called "Black & Blue".[20] The original version of this song appeared on You, Me and the Alarm Clock (1990) – a solo album by John Bramwell, then known as Johnny Dangerously.

Personnel[edit]

source:[19]

Instruments[edit]

I Am Kloot:

additional musicians:

  • Prabjote Osahn – violin – tracks 1, 2 & 3
  • Stella Page – viola – tracks 1, 2 & 3
  • Margit van der Zwan – cello – tracks 1, 2 & 3
  • Marie Leenhardt – harp – tracks 5 & 6
  • Tony Gilfellon – guitar – track 2
  • Bob Marsh – trumpet – tracks 2 & 10
  • Peter McPhail – saxophone & flute – tracks 4, 9 & 10
  • Colin McLeod – piano – track 10
  • Norman McLeod – pedal steel guitar – track 10

others:

Production and mixing[edit]

Artwork[edit]

  • Gerald Jenkins – band photography
  • Paul Brownless – design

Singles[edit]

title label format,
catalog number
release date track listing
"Northern Skies" / "Lately"
(double A-side)
Shepherd Moon download[21][22] 30 May 2010 on iTunes[22] /
1 June 2010[21][23][24]
[22]
  1. "Northern Skies" 4:05
  2. "Lately" 3:56
"Proof" Shepherd Moon download[25][26] 6 September 2010[25] [26]
  1. "Proof (Radio Edit)" 2:39
  2. "Proof (Original Demo – 1999)" 2:47
"Fingerprints" Shepherd Moon download[27] 5 November 2010 on iTunes[27] [27]
  1. "Fingerprints (Radio Edit)" 3:21
  2. "Fingerprints (Album Version)" 4:36
  3. "Fingerprints (Instrumental)" 4:35
Shepherd Moon download[28] 12 November 2010 on iTunes[28] [28]
  1. "Fingerprints (Radio Edit)" 3:21
  2. "Black & Blue" 2:27

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United Kingdom 5 July 2010[15]
United States 13 July 2010[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Monger, James Christopher. "Sky At Night - I Am Kloot". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ a b Aston, Martin (30 June 2010). "I Am Kloot Sky at Night Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Lavery, Aaron (2 July 2010). "I Am Kloot: Sky at Night". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Frank Cottrell Boyce. "An open letter from Frank Cottrell Boyce". www.iamkloot.com. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Frank Cottrell Boyce (2 July 2010). "I Am Kloot ‘Sky at Night’". Caught by the River. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Sargeant, Alan (28 June 2010). "I Am Kloot: Sky At Night". Crud Music Magazine. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (9 December 2010). "I Am Kloot: Sky at Night". The albums we missed. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Thomson, Graeme. "I Am Kloot: Sky at Night". Uncut (IPC Media). August 2010 (Take 159): 82. ISSN 1368-0722. 
  9. ^ Harris, Daniel (1 July 2010). "I Am Kloot - Sky At Night (Shepherd Moon/EMI)". Daily Music Guide. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Clark, Pete (2 July 2010). "Cds of the week. I Am Kloot: Sky At Night". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (3 July 2010). "I Am Kloot: Sky at Night". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "I Am Kloot - 'Sky At Night' (Shepherd Moon) Released 05/07/10". Gigwise.com. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Gill, Andy (2 July 2010). "Album: I Am Kloot, Sky at Night (Shepherd Moon)". The Independent. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Murphy, John. "I Am Kloot – Sky At Night". MusicOMH. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c Elliott, Richard (20 July 2010). "I Am Kloot: Sky at Night". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "I Am Kloot: Sky At Night [Includes Exclusive Artwork Print Signed By The Band]". Townsend Records. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Simpson, Dave (2 July 2010). "Exclusive: Listen to I Am Kloot's Sky at Night". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Bestenliste 4-2010" (in German). Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik e.V. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  19. ^ a b the artwork of the double LP release (945.a210.010 • pias 210 lp • lc07800)
  20. ^ "I Am Kloot: Sky At Night". listen.jp. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Northern Skies/Lately Out Now - I Am Kloot". IAK EMAIL LIST - Archive. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  22. ^ a b c "Northern Skies / Lately - Single by I Am Kloot". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Northern Skies/Lately Digital Multitrack Single Out Now on iTunes. Only £1.98!", 1st June 2010, I Am Kloot official Facebook profile
  24. ^ "Northern Skies/Lately Out Now! (...)", 1st June 2010, I Am Kloot official Facebook profile
  25. ^ a b "I Am Kloot - September Update". IAK EMAIL LIST - Archive. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  26. ^ a b "Proof - Single by I Am Kloot". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  27. ^ a b c "Fingerprints - EP by I Am Kloot". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  28. ^ a b c "Fingerprints - Single by I Am Kloot". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 19 November 2010.