The 11-track album was recorded in Scotland in the autumn of 2011 and produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.
For Citizens! aesthetics in music is all-important – ‘pop is not a dirty word’ they proclaim.
"We had this vision of the songs we wanted to write, and it was all about making pop music that was imaginative, exciting and interesting – rather than simple, ugly and horrible,” explains lead singer Tom Burke.
And so after signing to French label Kitsuné they set about following their ‘manifesto’ and began recording their debut album in the wilds of Scotland, a process tat proved to be a little unorthodox.
"We had a strict set of rules that we forced ourselves to abide by, One was we weren’t allowed to do any studio trickery, so there's no autotune or correcting mistakes or anything on the record. And then there was the idea that no element of any given song was allowed to sound as if it came from the same place. So the main idea behind 'True Romance' was, 'Kanye West producing an Arcade Fire song'. Or maybe it's the other way round… But it's the thing of doing what people least expect but making it sound addictive and exciting."
The resulting 11 tracks prove to be an example of what Citizens! do best – classic pop subversion at its most cunning.
1. True Romance
4. Love You More
5. Let’s Go All The Way
6. (I'm In Love With Your) Girlfriend
7. Nobody’s Fool
9. She Said
10. I Wouldn’t Want To
11. Know Yourself