Kaiser Chiefs: "Yours Truly, Angry Mob"
Producer: Stephen Street
Universal
Release Date: March 27

Kaiser Chiefs dish out a lively burst of radio-friendly British petulance on this sophomore set, a fine sequel to their 2004 debut, "Employment." Like its predecessor, it's a testy, scattershot endeavor full of Blur and Smiths influences, pub-worthy choruses and, of course, satisfying cultural whining. Like last time, the singles are better than the whole: "Ruby" is a bounding rocker with a chorus that matches up nicely with prior hit "I Predict a Riot." Though the band is sneakily subversive, there's a perfectly appropriate lack of silliness to the lyrics. However, the act lets itself get weighed down with Second Album issues, such as Fame Can Be Tricky ("Thank You Very Much") and I Now Have Access to Many Girls So I Don't Need You ("Love Is Not a Competition [But I'm Winning]"). But these are nitpicks. This one stands up quite nicely against the season's big releases. --Jeff Vrabel

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