The U.K.’s Kaiser Chiefs are back at with their sophomore release “Yours Truly, Angry Mob”, and they picked up exactly where they left off, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, but it’s definitely not a bad thing either.
The Kaiser Chiefs have a successful formula of straight forward Britpop. They really don’t do anything different from the bands similar to them, but they’re still enjoyable. Mostly because if there’s a tried and true example of what Britpop is, it’s the Kaiser Chiefs. Their songs are catchier than a bad case of crabs, everything’s a little rough around the edges, and even though it’s pop music there’s something peculiar about every track. That’s Britpop and that’s the Kaiser Chiefs.
This album is very similar to the band’s last release, so there’s not a lot of growth here. And in truth the band might have actually taken a step backward because most of the songs wouldn’t have made the cut to be on “Employment” with the exception of “Ruby” and “I Can Do It Without You.” And there’s definitely not a song on this record that’s as good as “I Predict a Riot.” Nonetheless, if you enjoyed the first album, you’ll like this one too, but you’ll go back to “Employment” more than this one.