The Rakes | Klang (V2)

cd_rakes.gifSurely The Rakes are capable of more…and surely, if they’re not, there are other, more deserving bands poised to take their place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rakes’ debut, Capture/Release, was a fun collection of earnest, upbeat indie rock. It was the perfect singalong disc on road trips; always a good time.

Klang, the band’s third CD, doesn’t quite fall into that category. They’ve kept the full-speed-ahead nature of the music; what they’ve lost is the heart. On Klang, The Rakes seem to be going through the motions, spewing up more of the same, only with a different package. Obviously, this is an example of a band needing to grow and evolve with each subsequent release. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the band.

"You’re In It" opens the disc sounding pretty much as you’d expect The Rakes to sound. Vocalist Alan Donohoe is in fine form, alternating between intoning his lines and belting them full-out. Next up, "That’s the Reason" is somewhat engaging…though the talk-singing thing has already grown old. (Were the whole song as tight as the refrain, it would be a different story.) The fun-loving, pointed guitar kicks in halfway through…maybe a tad too late to fully save this song.

The ridiculously titled "The Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker" is, alas, more of the same: by-the-numbers speak-and-sing. It’s regrettable, as Donohoe has a strong and engaging voice — when he bothers to use it. Lyrically and musically, this one portends a band that has run out of ideas. Subsequent song titles such as "Bitchin’ in the Kitchen" and "The Light From Your Mac" only further illustrate this sad truth.

And it really doesn’t get any better. The Rakes stumble and sprawl though songs that are monotonous at best…that is, when they’re not outright unappealing.

With all the turmoil in the music industry, you’ve got to wonder how an album like this one ever got the green light from the label. Surely The Rakes are capable of more…and surely, if they’re not, there are other, more deserving bands poised to take their place. I’m putting my money on that unsigned indie band… C | Laura Hamlett

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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