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Label review from release date back in 2001:
"Easily one of the most accomplished bands of the new acoustic movement, I Am Kloot songwriter John Harold Arnold Bramwell strikes a highly successful balance between folksy acoustic numbers and mini rock epics throughout ‘Natural History’s 12 tracks.
Catchy vocal passages crop up left and right, psychedelic guitar passages mingle readily with moments of quiet sublime romance, and the band isn’t beyond throwing in the occasional refreshing jazz arrangement.
It’s not surprising that the music sounds as lush as it does, since Elbow frontman Guy Garvey produced, engineered, and mixed the album, along with offering snippets of harmonica, sound effects, some percussion, and backing vocals. Acoustic guitars, a sombre bass, and hushed drums percolate slowly as they twist and twirl around Bramwell’s vocals.
Lyrically Bramwell is clearly a chap who know how and when to turn a killer phrase. As endearingly quirky as some of the songs might be, there's an ample supply of beautiful ballads on hand to vary the mood. Weird near-genius standout tracks ‘To You’ and ‘Twist’ sit perfectly alongside the sweet, perfect ‘No Fear Of Falling’ and the eclectic, jazzy wonder of ‘Sunlight Hits The Snow’. ‘Natural History’ is a wonderful debut album."
Now digitally remastered, ‘Natural History’ is reissued on CD, featuring 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks - ‘Titanic’, ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘Stand Another Drink (Proof)’.
No Fear Of Falling
Sunlight Hits The Snow
Over My Shoulder
Stand Another Drink (Proof)