Kaiser Chiefs: Stay Together review – nondescript but still full of hooks

(Caroline)

You could argue that Kaiser Chiefs’ poptastic approach killed off louche, literary 00s indie – its death knell a chorus of embarrassing dads bellowing along to I Predict a Riot. A decade on, however, and all that is a distant memory – these days, with their talent-show-judge frontman and bombastic but essentially genreless pop, Kaiser Chiefs have more in common with Take That than Larrikin Love. This sixth record sees the band take this nondescript sound and stuff it impressively full of sing-a-long hooks, covering topics including monogamy (We Stay Together) and shagging (Good Clean Fun). As with Coldplay’s last album, there’s an underlying disco flavour here, with this more British strain calling to mind a tamed Pet Shop Boys (although, in a rare risky move, Ricky Wilson opts to don a strangely satisfying Leo Sayer falsetto on High Society). Overall it feels like a kind of gentrified pop: synthetic and nondescript, but predictably appealing all the same. 

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