Kaiser Chiefs
"Yours Truly, Angry Mob"

(Universal Motown 2007)Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob

Just in time for summer, Kaiser Chiefs' new album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob," is a bright and upbeat album that is all about bouncy melodies and fun hooks. The British quintet's sophomore album picks up where "Employment," their debut album, left off. But this time around the band have done some growing and found themselves and their own sound. Lyrics tinged with cynicism, the Kaiser Chiefs have some things they want to say on "Yours Truly, Angry Mob."

The band are over the top with their hooks as tracks, like "Ruby," and "Everything Is Average Nowadays" offers no warning before the infectious bouncing begins. While the Kaiser Chiefs get you up and out of your chair and set you dancing to the quick-moving tunes, the band will lecture you about what the band sees as the fickle public. "We like who we like\We hate who we hate\But we're also easily swayed," vocalist Ricky Wilson sings on "The Angry Mob," the track just hinting at a darker side. Elsewhere, Wilson further alienates himself by chanting the title of "I Can Do It Without You" on the slower melodic tune.

Riding the wave of success of peers like Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, and others, Kaiser Chiefs fit in perfectly to the new phase of Britpop. While "Yours Truly, Angry Mob" showcases a fun loving side of the Kaiser Chiefs, the band also seems a bit disenchanted with their prior success. Albeit a blatant pop album that sticks to one mindset, the Kaiser Chiefs have little to complain about with "Yours Truly, Angry Mob."

B+

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