Yours Truly, Angry Mob

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Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Studio album by Kaiser Chiefs
Released 26 February 2007
Recorded Hook End Studio, Berkshire: September - October, 2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 44:44
Label B-Unique (UK)
Universal Motown (US)
Producer Stephen Street
Kaiser Chiefs chronology
Employment
(2005)
Yours Truly, Angry Mob
(2007)
Off with Their Heads
(2008)
Singles from Yours Truly, Angry Mob
  1. "Ruby"
    Released: 5 February 2007
  2. "Everything Is Average Nowadays"
    Released: 21 May 2007
  3. "The Angry Mob"
    Released: 20 August 2007
  4. "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)"
    Released: 12 November 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
BBC Positive[2]
Drowned In Sound 3/10 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
NME 7/10 stars[5]
OMM 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 5.0/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]

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, 26 February 2007 in the rest of the world by B-Unique Records and in March in North America by Universal Motown. Produced by Stephen Street, who produced 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 song "Boxing Champ" features drummer Nick Hodgson on lead vocals.

Album information[edit]

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.[9] Additionally, in July 2006 the band revealed to Gigwise that they'd hoped to have the album released by Valentine's Day 2007.[10] The album was preceded by the release of lead single "Ruby" on 19 February.[11][12][13] It became the band's first, and to date, only, number one single in the British singles charts. The album reached #1 in the United Kingdom and the band released singles "Everything is Average Nowadays" on 21 May 2007 and "The Angry Mob" on 20 August 2007. The final single "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)" was released as a collectors edition 7" only single on 12 November 2007, with The Little Ones' cover of "Everything Is Average Nowadays" as a B-side.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ricky Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Nick Baines, and Nick Hodgson

No. Title Length
1. "Ruby"   3:25
2. "The Angry Mob"   4:48
3. "Heat Dies Down"   3:57
4. "Highroyds"   3:19
5. "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)"   3:17
6. "Thank You Very Much"   2:37
7. "I Can Do It Without You"   3:24
8. "My Kind of Guy"   4:06
9. "Everything Is Average Nowadays"   2:44
10. "Boxing Champ"   1:31
11. "Learnt My Lesson Well"   3:54
12. "Try Your Best"   3:42
13. "Retirement"   3:53
  • In Europe, Asia and America, "Boxing Champ" and "Learnt My Lesson Well" were added together to make one track, at a running time of 5:25.
  • In Japan, "Boxing Champ" and "Everything Is Average Nowadays" were added together to make one track, at a running time of 4:15.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical response to Yours Truly, Angry Mob was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 61, based on 29 reviews.[14]

  • 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."

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 9
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 30
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[19] 29
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 45
German Albums (Official Top 100)[22] 6
Greek Albums (IFPI)[23] 1
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 2
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 13
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[27] 29
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 37
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 31
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 11
US Billboard 200[31] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 10,000x
Belgium (BEA)[33] Gold 15,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[34] Gold 7,500^
Ireland (IRMA)[35] Platinum 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] 2× Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

End of year charts[edit]

Year Country Chart Rank
2007 Germany IFPI #90[37]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue
Japan 21 February 2007 Universal International CD, Digital download UICU-1131 / 4988005458735[38]
Europe 23 February 2007 4988005458727
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 26 February 2007 B-Unique Records CD, Digital download, Vinyl LP BUN122LP / 6 02517 24291 3
BUN122CD / 6 02517 23425 3
BUN122CDS / 6 02517 23431 4
United States, Canada 27 March 2007 B-Unique, Universal Motown CD, Digital download, CD+DVD B0008588-02 / 6 02517 24960 8
B0008673-02 / 6 02517 26368 0
B0008543-00 / 6 02517 23431 4

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Preceded by
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
UK number one album
4 March 2007 – 17 March 2007
Succeeded by
Doing It My Way by Ray Quinn