I finally decided to take a punt on this, mainly on the basis of the Golden Skans single which is OK and also because the price had dropped to a reasonable level.
Have to say I was pretty disappointed. It is all pretty ordinary. Nothing really stands out in this melange of sound. It certainly is loud but there is generally a lack of discernible melody (Golden Skans being a notable exception). Now I can take this a lot of the time (Mars Volta anyone?) but when the work also appears devoid of any particular inspiration or originality as well then it is time to give up.
I am absolutely gobsmacked that this managed to take the Mercury prize in 2007. There were a number of better albums. In particular the fusion of jazz style with 60's girl group influence employed by Amy Winehouse should have beat this lot out of the park. Not to mention, Jamie T, Bat for Lashes, Arctic Monkeys and Young Knives (OK, to be pedantic I just did mention them). If you are looking to spend a few quid any of these is a better bet.
The Klaxons are also guilty of one of my pet hates; the final track with a big long silence and then the so-called bonus track at the end. This is particularly annoying. I presume it is some form of anti-piracy measure but really, why should we all suffer because of a few rip-off merchants? This track is 19 minutes long. You get about three minutes at the start, then 15 minutes of silence, followed by a very mediocre "hidden" track. I know you can edit this on your Ipod, but I understand that it still uses up 19 minutes worth of memory, so I will delete.