Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby

A new musical year bursts forth, showering us in buckets of fresh promise and the glimmering hint of new horizons. And then the Kaiser Chiefs spoil things somewhat by releasing their new single, a rather lack-lustre affair setting us firmly back in the year 1997 when Britpop started to cough up blood and Shed Seven and Menswear threatened to rule the roost. It’s a song with seemingly little ambition, little innovation and a chorus of repetition, with production from Stephen Street adding to the antique nature of the sound.

On the one hand we have The Decemberists, who write robust, powerful songs with lyrics full of intelligence and meaning. On the other hand, we have Field Music, who prove that pop music and innovation can go together to create exciting new sounds. And on my hypothetical third hand we have Ruby, which is light, whimsical, devoid of any merit or substance. I know which hand I’d rather have hacked at with a machete.

Overall

4

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 03:13:46

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