Klang - The Rakes
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 80
    The band’s decampment to Berlin to record has resulted in a concise statement of renewed interest, resulting in a debate between life expectancy and boredom, and a brief mutation into Roxy Music.
  2. The surprise is how good those tunes are, from urgent opener 'You're in It' to the terrific, breakneck 'That's the Reason.'
  3. Klang has a clarity of purpose, its songs structured with military precision.
  4. Despite the brevity, or because of it, Klang's bite-size songs do the job. No room for self-musing, these 10 tracks get straight to the point.
  5. It's a shame the Rakes stopped just as they were starting to sound fun again, but if they had to end it while they still had that last spark of fun left, it's a better decision than most successful bands can bring themselves to make.
  6. It would be unfair to dismiss the record completely, however, as there are definite highlights.
  7. 60
    Klang is a step in the right direction. [May 2009, p.69]
  8. Their third album is another bony bundle of modern neuroses. [Apr 2009, p.108]
  9. 60
    The group's final album (they broke up in October) still punches like a champ, with sharp bursts of intelligent energy.
  10. While none of the hooks on Klang prove sharp enough to catch on the first spin, enough usually happens that inclined listeners will be content to explore the tangents and detours packed into each of these three-minute slices of danceable post-punk until they do.
  11. Shallow and unfunny third album from london boys

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