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Yours Truly Angry Mob

Kaiser ChiefsAudio CD
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Things could so easily have stayed the same. After more than 10 years, four albums, platinum record sales, a volley of top ten singles and 3 Brit Awards, it would have been simple for Kaiser Chiefs to sit back and coast a while, to enjoy the warm glow of being one of Britain’s most cherished bands.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000NA276W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ruby
2. The Angry Mob
3. Heat Dies Down
4. Highroyds
5. Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning)
6. Thank You Very Much
7. I Can Do It Without You
8. My Kind Of Guy
9. Everything Is Average Nowadays
10. Learnt My Lesson Well
11. Try Your Best
12. Retirement

Editorial Reviews

If your previous album was a slow-burning success story, it can be hard to be expected to hit the ground running on the follow-up. Fortunately, the Kaiser Chiefs have done just that on the fantastically titled Yours Truly, Angry Mob. Like Employment, their debut and this album's predecessor, Yours Truly... is full of radio-friendly, hook-ridden tunes that mask cunningly subversive lyrics. The Kaiser Chiefs are very much a Britpop band, which is probably why "Highroyds" opening couplet--"I remember nights out when we were young/They weren't very good, they were rubbish"--sounds like something Jarvis Cocker would sing while being backed by the boys from Blur. And it's this lyrical sentiment that's carried throughout the album, much of which is satire wrapped up in potential singles. Best of all, and a perfect example of this, is "The Angry Mob," sure to be shouted along to by exactly the people it's targeting. It's the rare band that can mock and judge its audience and still be loved by them, but that's exactly what the Kaiser Chiefs have done on Yours Truly, Angry Mob. --Ted Kord

Product Description

Few in British indie pop have the charisma of Kaiser Chiefs' singer Ricky Wilson. The leader of this precocious quintet from Leeds, Wilson said as a youngster that he would not go to the Glastonbury Festival until he was on stage. Wilson led his band to the main stage two years ago on the back of their triumphant debut Employment, which shifted almost 3 million copies.So, to the notoriously difficult second album. That the band's influences (Madness, Blur, Pulp, the Smiths) are still transparent is not a bad thing. The first single Ruby and the likely hit Thank You Very Much are evidence. Yet it's Everything Is Average Nowadays that is the album highlight. Wilson's descriptive, introspective lyrics with a social conscience come to the fore. And there are swipes at the shallowness of pop culture.Kaiser Chiefs dodge the "second album syndrome" bullet. This is the standard version.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip-roaring fun!! April 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Our favourite rabble rousing lot, Kaiser Chiefs, return with their sophomore disc, "Yours truly, angry mob", which has already topped the UK album charts.

Opening the disc is the uncharacteristic mellow and melodic straight ahead love song "Ruby", the lead off single, which gave them their first UK #1. Following is "The angry mob" whose sing-a-long chorus comes after a tempo shift towards the end of the track.

"Heat dies down" is a catchy, sunny and upbeat song with a terrific guitar riff, sounding not unlike something Franz Ferdinand would do. In a similar vein is the choppy "Learnt my lesson well" with sunny sounding harmonies.

Returning to the Kaiser Chiefs we all know and love, cheeky and rebellious sounding ("Everyday I love you less & less" & "I predict a riot" anyone?) are "Highroyds", "Thank you very much", the buddy song "My kind of guy", the punk feel of "Everything is average nowadays" (the album's second single), the defiant "I can do it without you", the latter displaying their acerbic wit to the full.

Slowing things down, we get the tender acoustic "Love's not a competition (but I'm winning)", the brief piano ballad "Boxing champ", and "Try your best".

Closing is the delightful Smiths-like "Retirement", (I want to get by without the man on my back, they sing) a song we all wish we could sing. Ah!!

Rip-roaring fun!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Album May 12, 2007
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Nearly every song on here is a pleasure. Nothing too deep, just good indie rock with good clean (sonically, that is) vocals. There's some very well produced nuances I found after listening with a good pair of headphones. I especially like the way they used synths on Ruby (one of my favorite songs on here). They are reminiscent of XTC in that quirky way while still rockin' out. I haven't really been moved by some of the slower tempo songs, but it's probably not what I'm into right now. It's a good all-around album and I just picked up an older one a few days ago, so I can't comment on it just yet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loutish pop (but in a very good way) May 14, 2007
By magpub
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My first listen was on an iPod, my second-tenth on an excellent car stereo. Do yourself a favor and pump this album out loud. The production screams for speakers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upon this next transaction surely I can retire. April 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
With their sophomore set, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob" the Kaiser Chiefs continue the same brand of alternative pop they procured on their solid debut, "Employment".

There are plenty of hooks to be found on "Ruby", "The Angry Mob", "Heat Dies Down", "Highroyds", "Thank You Very Much", "My Kind Of Guy", "Everything Is Average Nowadays" and "Retirement". The album is also peppered with clever observations and ironic anecdotes.

Overall, I'd give this cd 3.5 stars, as it's not as good as their debut. The sticker on the front of the cellophane said something like, "One of the Top 25 most anticipated albums of 2007". I guess not, according to its first week of sales in Billboard magazine the album only sold a paltry 17,000 copies and landed something like a 47 placement in the hot 200 albums chart, not even cracking the top 40. British music isn't always well received in America (though I prefer it to American music), and the band is obviously more successful overseas.

If you liked their first album, you will most likely like their second.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the finest albums of 2007 March 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i cant even fathom how many great songs are on this CD... "ruby" of course is great "thank you very much" is extremely catchy. i cant get the "angry mob" song out of my head.. and the rest of the songs.. i cant stop listening to. this release is just as good as their 2005 album "employment". i dont think they can do any wrong. and the funny thing is.. no one in the U.S. knows who they are.. and i think thats a crime. too bad its not listed as a capital punishment. :/ these guys are one of my favorite bands and always will be. the lyrics are fun.. the vocals are clear.. and they dont sing about the same garbage over and over again. whats not to like?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some bursts of glory, but not sustained March 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
(3 & 1/2 stars) I pretty much agree with a previous reviewer's overall rating of 3 stars for the CD (I'd nudge it up just a bit), but otherwise I have a slightly alternative take on the music. There are a number of standout tracks, and the album also has a nice amount of variety in terms of different styles and tempos of songs. I particularly liked the single "Ruby" (of course) and "Everything Is Average Nowadays," and even some fairly adventurous tunes such as the psychedelic "Try Your Best." I was a little surprised to read the other reviewer's pick of "My Kind of Guy" as a song they appreciated most. For me the song illustrates my main problem with the album -- a good-sounding song with a relatively uninteresting and non-memorable melody. As I was listening, I thought, "Would any of the people who're saying this Kaisers CD is a perfect masterpiece (see the deluxe edition reviews) actually be able to remember this song or sing along with the chorus? I think not." And several other cuts have a similarly non-distinguished quality. So overall for me there's just not enough topnotch material like "Ruby" to put this CD in the pantheon of 5 star albums. It does end with a blast, though, with the massive punch of "Retirement." That song alone is worth at least half a star, don't you think?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Should've bought it sooner
A solid, entertaining and interesting collection of songs that display the range of musical talent that this band has developed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Employment
I bought this having downloaded 'Employment' which I really enjoyed. Although I read a review of Yours Truly that implied it would be as good or at least I would be singing along... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jon P
5.0 out of 5 stars Yours Truly, Angry Mob Is Artistic Dynamite!
When I first heard The Kaiser Chiefs' second blockbuster album Yours Truly, Angry
Mob when it came out in 2007, I was totally thrilled and impressed of the way it... Read more
Published 21 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rock!
I had been listening to the Kaiser Chief's single 'Ruby' for awhile and I decided I needed more.

All in all a great album with that neo-brit rock that always gets the... Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by E. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby, ruby, ruby, ruby!!
i think this album is awesome. i bought it because the song 'ruby' was one of the songs that i played on guitar hero through the bonus songs. Read more
Published on May 19, 2010 by S. A. Littlejohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Newly Minted Anger
The second album from Kaiser Chiefs picks up where Employment left off, with hooky singles and catchy chorus and a newly minted smartness that kicks this up a touch from the debut. Read more
Published on April 19, 2009 by Tim Brough
4.0 out of 5 stars REAL COOL CRUISING ROCK 'N' ROLL
KC are part of the current new wave of garage RNR that is real cool, fun and enjoyable especially in the car. Read more
Published on April 7, 2009 by JOHN L. KOWAL
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehh...
...Buzzcock wannabes. Not a terrible record. Listenable but definitely not original. Why the heck does the drummer have to sing everything the singer sings when they play live?? Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Dolf
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chief Kaiser Roll, or Everything Is Not Average With This Album
The Kaiser Chiefs have certainly carved out their stake in the Brit Rock arena, driven by their hooks and catchy lyrics, the band only seems to get better with age. Read more
Published on October 13, 2008 by Flap Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob 7.5/10
The Kaiser Chiefs' debug Employment was one of the brighter spots in the recent wave of British indie bands. Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by Rudolph Klapper
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