2007 saw the release of the second album by massively popular Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs. Yours Truly, Angry Mob only served to make them even more massive with opening track, Ruby, reaching number one in the hit parade. Like their debut album, it was produced by Stephen Street, who also lent his knob twiddling skills to records by The Smiths and Blur. Heavyweight vinyl reissue on B-Unique/Polydor.
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10/10 Jack 28th August 2019
‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ by the Leeds based band Kaiser Chiefs is an amazing album. It was first released in 2007, and I’ve been a massive fan of it ever since.
The album’s opener is the legendary ‘Ruby’ and it is one of my all time favourite songs. It’s got a really good rocky chorus, with catchy lyrics that everyone knows. Every time I go out to a nightclub and ask the DJ to play because it gets everyone going and makes everyone happy.
Another great track is ‘I Can Do It Without You’ which has a great left-handed guitar solo from Andrew “Whitey” White. Halfway through the solo, White is joined by frontman Ricky Wilson singing the guitar line along with him. It gets me every time.
Kaiser Chiefs are one of the best bands that I’ve ever seen live in concert, I saw them at Leeds First Direct Arena in 2015 on their ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ tour. At this show Ricky Wilson proved that he is a great vocalist and frontman who’s full of energy. This energy comes across on the album too, but I do sometimes wish I could see what’s going on while I’m listening.
Since 2007, the band has released five albums and a single’s collection, and all of them live up to the high standard set by ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’. I think I’ll still be dancing to it in 2031.
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