Kaiser Chiefs duck polydor Last time out, on 2016’s Stay Together, one of this generation’s finest singles bands worked with pop production powerhouses Xenomania. It was an underrated experiment, self-sabotaged by releasing worst song Parachute as its lead single. Returning to work with regular producer Ben Allen could have been a retreat into a safety net. True, you’re never too far from Ricky Wilson yelling “Hey!” But the Kaisers sound revived, determined to triumph by creating choruses bigger than anyone else and uniting a divided nation by cajoling people into singing along. It’s far from indie-by-numbers, with Kurt Vs Frasier fizzing like Weezer, while Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something and Northern Holiday are detailed classicism worthy of Squeeze. Lazy ballad Target Market apart, here are 10 more potential singles. John Earls

Last time out, on 2016’s Stay Together, one of this generation’s finest singles bands worked with pop production powerhouses Xenomania. It was an underrated experiment, self-sabotaged by releasing worst song Parachute as its lead single. Returning to work with regular producer Ben Allen could have been a retreat into a safety net.

True, you’re never too far from Ricky Wilson yelling “Hey!” But the Kaisers sound revived, determined to triumph by creating choruses bigger than anyone else and uniting a divided nation by cajoling people into singing along. It’s far from indie-by-numbers, with Kurt Vs Frasier fizzing like Weezer, while Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something and Northern Holiday are detailed classicism worthy of Squeeze. Lazy ballad Target Market apart, here are 10 more potential singles.

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John Earls

 

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