Release Date: Jun 12, 2012
Record label: Ais
The cruellest ones are always the most alluring. Gaze into the eyes of Tom Burke – chief recruiter to the suave cult of Citizens! – and risk being hypnotised, entranced by a world where lovers grow cold-blooded and be-scaled, where friends seduce your girlfriends and sisters, where true romance only happens in utter isolation, encapsulated by videos in which hunchbacks kidnap people to turn them into real-life puppets. Don’t be deceived by Tom’s innocent Alexis Taylor vocals and charming funk-punk melodies as sweet as a gingerbread house.
At the time of its release, much was made of the fact that Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos produced Citizens!' debut album Here We Are. While his sleek aesthetic helps make the album as stylish as a Kitsune release should be, these songs show that this band is not a clone of Kapranos' group. For starters, singer Tom Burke's tremulous tenor is worlds away from Kapranos' baritone, and the character of his voice helps Citizens! channel Bowie, Suede, and Sparks over the course of Here We Are.