Yours Truly, Angry Mob
is the second album
by English rock band Kaiser Chiefs
. It was released on 23 February 2007 in Belgium
and the Netherlands
, on 26 February 2007 in the rest of the world and in late March in North America
. The album was preceded by the release of lead single
" on 19 February
(see 2007 in British music
). It became the band's first (and to date, only) number one album in the British album charts
Once again produced by Stephen Street, producer of the band's debut album Employment, Yours Truly, Angry Mob is lyrically darker and more socially aware than its predecessor, with tracks dealing with street crime, violence, fame, and the inaccuracy of tabloid articles.
The band had earlier revealed to NME in October 2006 that they had recorded 22 songs and hoped to whittle that number down to 13 or 14 for the final album. Additionally, in July 2006 the band revealed to Gigwise that they'd hoped to have the album released by Valentine's Day 2007.
The album was leaked in its entirety on February 21, 2007.
The album was criticised by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, who likened it to his own record The Great Escape. Despite reaching #1 in the United Kingdom, the album saw disappointing chart placings for its singles "Everything is Average Nowadays" and "The Angry Mob", which influenced the band to release the final single "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)" as a limited release.
- Spin (p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] marches through its baker's dozen of punk-tinged pop songs with a prickly sense of purpose."
- Q magazine (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he eccentric twists bolster Yours Truly's main thrust....The chorus among choruses belongs to the decidedly unaverage 'Everything Is Average Nowadays'..."
- Uncut (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir second album manages to be full of surprises, while never straying too far from what you'd expect."
- CMJ (p.39) - "The band, in love as ever with the Britpop tradition that spawned them, offers another collection of swaggering uptempo guitar tracks that are full of big, singalong choruses..."
- Q magazine (p.84) - Ranked #13 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "'The Angry Mob' was the definitive illustration of their maturing lyrical wit and musical brawn."
- Mojo (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Opener 'Ruby' is a foot-to-the-floor, festival monster-in-waiting, while 'Highroyds' recalls Blur's effervescent, buzzsaw pop."
All tracks by Ricky Wilson, Andrew White
, Simon Rix
, Nick Baines
, and Nick Hodgson
- "Ruby" - 3:25
- "The Angry Mob" - 4:48
- "Heat Dies Down" - 3:57
- "Highroyds" - 3:19
- "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)" - 3:17
- "Thank You Very Much" - 2:37
- "I Can Do It Without You" - 3:24
- "My Kind of Guy" - 4:06
- "Everything Is Average Nowadays" - 2:44
"Boxing Champ" - 1:31
- The Japanese edition combines this song with "Boxing Champ" in one track, bringing the total time to 4:15.
"Learnt My Lesson Well" - 3:54
"Try Your Best" - 3:42
"Retirement" - 3:53
- The European, Singaporean and American editions combine this song with "Learnt My Lesson Well" in one track, bringing the total time to 5:25.
- "Admire You" (Japan)
- "I Like To Fight" (Japan, U.S. Best Buy stores edition)
- "From the Neck Down" (U.S. Best Buy stores edition)
- "The Angry Mob" (live from Berlin) (Japan, U.S. Best Buy stores edition, iTunes Edition on pre-order only)
- "Everything is Average Nowadays" (live from Berlin) (iTunes Edition)
- "Ruby" (live from Berlin) (iTunes Edition)
- "Retirement" (live from Berlin) (iTunes Edition)
- "Heat Dies Down" (live from Berlin) (iTunes Edition)
- "Highroyds" (live from Berlin) (iTunes Edition)
Limited edition bonus DVD
- Live tracks:
- "The Angry Mob"
- "Heat Dies Down"
- "Everything Is Average Nowadays"
- "Tim Short Film"
- "Your Song"
- United Kingdom: #1 (UK Albums Chart, 547,000 copies sold to date)
- Greece #1
- Holland: #1
- Ireland: #2
- Belgium: #2
- Austria: #4
- Germany: #6
- Norway: #13
- Australia: #9 (Aria Chart)
- US: #45 (17,000 units in its debut week)
- Worldwide: 1,214,750