The Kaiser Chiefs are about to start another riot with the release of their second album Yours Truly, Angry Mob, which is already out in the UK and has topped the charts for two weeks in a row. My review for URB magazine comes out in the next issue:
On their follow up to the massively successful Employment, Kaiser Chiefs up the ante by settling into their groove. On Yours Truly, Angry Mob, Kaiser Chiefs grow up, dig in and get utterly serious, albeit in a pogo-hopping decadent British way. On this set, energetic front man Ricky Wilson takes vocal cues from Simon LeBon and Morrissey (not coincidentally, this album was produced by Stephen Street who also worked with the Smiths). The music charges forth in a polished package of angular Brit-poppy beats and rhythms with big, colossal guitars and sing-along songs, especially "I Can Do it Without You" and lead single "Ruby," a hyper-paced love ditty that gets enjoyably enmeshed in your head. "The Angry Mob," a melodic tune that morphs into a battle call of sorts, calls out the British public's love affair with tabloids and pubs. The rest of the album mixes signature Kaiser's power pop ("Heat Dies Down," "Highroyds"), anthems ("Try Your Best"), Duran-inspired ballads ("Love's Not a Competition But I'm Winning") and straight up fun tunes ("Everything is Average Nowadays"). Where the band predicted a riot on Employment, for this one, they're surely predicting world domination.
The album drops March 27. In the meantime, check out these songs:
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