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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the British indie rock band was produced with Ben H. Allen and Andrew Wells.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Jul 30, 2019
    80
    It all ads up to an unlikely, if not unlovable nostalgia trip to a less fraught time. [Sep 2019, p.112]
  2. Jul 26, 2019
    80
    Pound for pound and hook for hook, Duck is as strong an album as they have ever made: a bright, giddy, colourful collection of pop anthems to raise the spirits.
  3. Aug 6, 2019
    70
    Duck is an album by a mature band aware of what they and their fans want.
  4. Jul 26, 2019
    60
    Wilson sounds adrift. He won’t find an identity in the painfully strained Golden Oldies, a shouty song in sharp contrast to its broody sentiment. Nor in Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something, an unnervingly edgy vaudevillian number. ... But they still have enough hooks and appealingly weird quirks to keep getting away with it.
  5. 60
    Duck is far from inventive, but there’s fun to be had.
  6. Jul 29, 2019
    50
    As expected, Duck wants to please everybody and this is the reason it fails to take off. ... They prefer the safety of the comfort zone, although they fare much better when they show some grit.
  7. Jul 26, 2019
    40
    There are a couple of fleeting moments (the chorus of ‘Wait’ is a hooky, soaring thing) that remind you of the unabashed earworms that the Kaisers can produce at their best but, for the most part, Duck is actually a bit of a turkey.

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  1. Aug 6, 2019
    8
    Definitely don't agree with the critical reception to this album. This is pretty solid and has the right hooks to deserve repeated listens. ItDefinitely don't agree with the critical reception to this album. This is pretty solid and has the right hooks to deserve repeated listens. It really grows on you. Is it cheesy? yes. That's the downside of digging into your roots. I really feel they made this one for the fans. Not to pander to new audiences or the critics. That is what any band at this stage in their lifecycle should be doing. But on this album they do it with aplomb. This is what an indie rock (yes it is rock) album should sound like. I rated their last album a 4.5, and EE&W a 8. EE&W didn't immediately gel and even now it is a hard one to listen all the way through to because of the narrated parts, so I think this Duck is their most complete listen since Yours Truly, Angry Mob and perhaps Employment. How on earth can this be worse than Stay Together no matter what you think of Duck? Some people have lost the plot. If you are a Kaiser Chiefs fan and were yearning for something like their older stuff, this will not disappoint, nuff said. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2019
    7
    Pretty solid album, great hooks, a very pleasant surprise after the flop that was Stay Together.