Kaiser Chiefs Duck album coverHaving thoroughly outlived every other band in their heat (your Franz Ferdinands, your Killers, your Strokes, et al.), Kaiser Chiefs are running uncontested. Resting on their laurels? Not at all.

Duck is ostensibly about interpersonal disconnect in the post-internet era, but far from torturous metaphors about Likes replacing love which have dogged similar attempts, Duck is refreshingly earnest. Instead, Duck makes the case to keep the fondest parts of the past and not forget what was lost, packed in buoyant rock tracks that never slow down.

Swept along by emphatic drums and the pace of modernity, Duck is a paternal warning to hold onto what you care about while you’re moving with the times.

Duck by Kaiser Chiefs is out July 26 via Polydor.

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