Monday, March 05, 2007

Ricky Wilson: Your sinking heart is a liar

The Kaiser Chiefs are very proud of their new album, What Does It Matter? We Can Live Off Riot For Years. So proud, in fact, that Ricky Wilson refuses to believe anyone can think it's a half-arsed scrape together of a band which has run out of ideas. Indeed, should you play the CD with a gathering sense in the pit of your stomach that you've just handed over a tenner for a record whose contents would, frankly, have looked stretched as a seven-inch single, you're actually lying:

“I don’t want to sound big-headed, but anyone who says they don’t like the new album is just lying. It’s weird, we know it’s good.”

It's a great response to critics, though: rather than saying "No, I think you're wrong", tell them they're lying. Sadly, Wilson doesn't offer any explanation for why people might be lying. But if we take him as being correct, and the reviewers are refusing to admit their love of the record, that could only be because they'd be embarrassed at admitting they enjoy it. And does Ricky Wilson really think its better to be "too embarrassing to admit liking" rather than just "in a creative cul-de-sac"?

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