The View's second album seems to be ambitiously, if rather cynically, trying to splice together two of the most influential bands of modern times: Oasis and the Libertines. Producer Owen Morris, who also worked on Definitely Maybe, has replicated that album's wind-tunnel drums and walls of Status Quo guitars, not the skyscraping anthems and killer choruses. The Pete Doherty influence is more pernicious.
They're a funny bunch, the View. Their second album starts with the kind of music you hear in old cowboy films, a piano skipping along to the rhythm of the swing doors, and ends with a song of devotion to a "gem of a bird". And after all, what kind of band attempt to rhyme "sick bag" with "Baghdad"? It's exactly two years since Hats Off to the Buskers, the Dundonians' Mercury-nominated debut album, and in some ways Which Bitch? is a straightforwardly linear progression.