Trendy novelty or award-winning visionaries? That's the question that's been circling Klaxons's much-delayed follow-up to their debut, Myths of the Near Future, which bagged the Mercury prize in 2007. Turns out they're neither, simply a functional rock band with interesting haircuts. Electronics, dance covers and most things connected to the "new rave" tag with which they arrived have been ditched. In their place comes a richer, guitar-heavy sound, a makeover that, while efficient, stifles the sense of mischief, as well as the pop sensibility, that made them fun in the first place.
Gareth Grundy is deputy editor of the Observer Food Monthly. A former deputy editor of the Observer Music Monthly, he also writes about pop for the New Review