Thom reflects on ’08.. disappointments

By on Saturday, 20th December 2008 at 3:44 am

It may be best of ’08, but I feel it’d be impossible to fully appreciate that without a taste of the worst.It is fair to say that very often an eagerly anticipated album doesn’t live up to ‘the hype.’ 2008 as a whole was no exception, various big name acts releasing truly WTF material.

1) Kaiser Chiefs – Off With Their Heads

How ironic does Ricky Wilson’s moaning “Everything’s average nowadays” seem post-Off With Their Heads? The Kaisers pulled out all the stocks including mega-producer Mark Ronson in order to come up with a decent follow up to ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob.’ Whilst nobody ever expected musical marvel or lyrical genius from the Leeds band – the product still managed to leave listeners unhappy. They’re the perfect example of a band who seem to have found a sound that works and so instead of progressing as musicians from album to album, they cling on for as long as they can. A fourth album of the same football terrace sing-a-long pub anthems would be the shit hitting the fan for this band.

2) The Kooks – KONK (& RAK)

Inside In/Inside Out was everything a good indie debut should be, catchy but not entirely Jo Whiley, edgy and both musically and lyrically credible.  Where did it go from there? Always Wehere I Need To Be was a decent effort despite the irritating “du, du, du du du – dudu,” however slipping in the album will reveal how much things have changed for the Brighton band. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band fall so much in between an album. The brilliant sounding debut was a mile away and instead replaced with glossy sounding “Shine On” amongst other cringe worthy attempts at indie rock. The videos were even worse still, fitting to their new image of Take That with guitars. It’s with great regret that I include this in my list of let downs, but it had to be done, hopefully the band recapture the magic of their first album and push away the embarrassment that is their sophomore soon.

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