- 10 Oct 16
Indie veterans deliver Bona Fide Dud
English indie-rockers Kaiser Chiefs have enjoyed a resurgence thanks to frontman Ricky Wilson’s regular slot on The Voice UK, with the band even hitting No.1 in the British charts with 2014’s Education, Education & War.
The group have never been shy about wearing their Britpop influences on their Fred Perry sleeves, and Stay Together shares its name with a Suede song, even if the musical content is a long away from Brett Anderson’s crew. The album is actually the boys’ attempt at reinvention, ploughing as it does a very similar furrow to latter-day Coldplay, with several of the songs highly reminiscent of that band’s mega-hit ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’.
Stay Together treads the same electro-rock path, with blaring synths and disco rhythms to the fore, all smothered in the familiar glossy, daytime-radio friendly production sheen. Let’s just say that it is not my kind of meat, although there is a nice Pet Shop Boys tribute in ‘Press Rewind’.