Kaiser Chiefs go pop? Who would have thought it? We predict a riot...
BY DEE IVA
You could be forgiven for thinking that The Voice judge Ricky Wilson has released a solo album. To be fair it has been quite a while since Wilson's band Kaiser Chiefs troubled the charts. Their new album 'Stay Together' has jettisoned their signature indie rock in favour of bright shiny pop seemingly aimed at a bright new shiny following who've never heard of the Kaiser Chiefs.
It could be Two Door Cinema Club, Simple Minds or, God forbid, even Olly Murs in places so far from the tree has the apple fallen. The single Parachute could be on loan from Keane while Press Rewind is pure Duran Duran.
The biggest clue to the new direction lies in the album artwork by Salvador Design. The animated geometric blocks of colour, repetitive black and white patterns, and bold sans serif type are pure Eighties. Perhaps the album should be renamed 'Now That's What I Call Kaiser Chiefs' or 'Ricky Goes To Memphis'.
Having said all that, 'Stay Together' is a very good album full of catchy, polished pop songs that will have you up and dancing around your living room. Ricky Wilson is in great voice but this is not really a Kaiser Chiefs album and whether any of their original fans will buy it remains to be seen. But maybe that's the point... Fizz rating 9/10
'Stay Together' is out now on Caroline Records