By common consensus the Kaiser Chiefs pulled off a show stopper of a performance at Delamere Forest on Sunday (July 3).
But just like that faltering relationship where everyone else says how gorgeous, funny and warm your new love interest is, yet you can’t see it – beauty, as ever, is in the eye of the beholder.
For the fans there’s no doubt Ricky Wilson’s group are the coolest rock band in town. Perhaps I’d have been more won over by joining the mad things jumping around front of stage.
Of course, the Kaiser Chiefs have undergone something of a resurgence of late following Ricky’s appearance as a judge on The Voice .
But I think that was part of my problem. I struggled with the incongruity of Ricky’s new clean-cut TV friendly image versus his old rock 'n' roll persona.
What made it was worse was when the lad from Leeds, who uses the Yorkshire line ‘Not very pretty I tell thee’, in one of the band’s biggest hits, I Predict a Riot, insisted on addressing the audience in a faux American accent.
I too am from West Yorkshire and we don’t talk like that even when engaging with our rock fans – not that I would necessarily know from experience.
Talking of Yorkshire, I bumped into an school friend who was coincidentally at the gig with his wife.
I should have checked with him whether he agreed with me about Ricky’s transatlantic twang. Perhaps it’s just a Keighley dialect with which I'm unfamiliar.
Any way, our Ricky, or Richard to his mum, used the audience participation technique first employed by Queen front man Freddie Mercury in singing ‘Eh, oh’ to the crowd and getting them to echo it back.
It seemed to go down well and there was no doubting Ricky’s boundless energy and banter in trying to win over his audience. But rather like that rocky relationship alluded to earlier, was he trying just a bit too hard?
Fans would not have been disappointed with the many numbers drawn from their first album Employment like Every Day I Love You Less and Less, Oh My God, Modern Way and that riot song.
It was a brave man who would predict a riot amid picnickers in a woodland setting but I did see play fighting at one stage. Oh, and more seriously, someone did let off a red flare in the crowd at one point which Ricky said was naughty.
And there were big hits from the group’s second album Yours Truly, Angry Mob including the UK number one Ruby and The Angry Mob.
The words from the latter indicate why you should always make up your own mind about how you feel rather than necessarily listening to the media whether on the subject of the EU referendum or a music review in the local paper: “We are the angry mob. We read the papers every day. We like who we like. We hate who we hate. But we’re all so easily swayed.”
It’s all a matter of personal taste.