Singer admits that they "got a kicking" for their second album – but still defends the cover art

Hard-Fi singer Richard Archer has admitted that the he was affected by the criticism the band received after releasing their second album ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’.

Archer told BBC Newsbeat that the band felt the record “got a kicking” from critics, but insisted that he was still proud of the LP. “You let all that stuff get to you a bit because you’re tired and you’re in it. Everyone gets it,” said Archer of the reaction to the album.

“You don’t know how to make a second album until you do it. You almost feel like you should be doing certain things and doing things a certain way. You should just be enjoying making music. The second album, despite all that, I really love it and I think it’s great but it was hard.”

“We’d just come off really busy touring, lots of personal things had happened and you go straight into making that record – it comes out and it feels a bit like it’s open season. You know, let’s give Hard-Fi a kicking. It probably isn’t really.”

The singer also defended the album’s cover, which had a plain yellow background with its title at the top and the slogan ‘No Cover Art’ below, adding: “We got a lot of stick over the artwork and the main reason for that was that Peter Saville – the best graphic designer in the country – said it was good and that put a lot of peoples noses out of joint.”

Hard-Fi are expected to release their third album ‘Killer Sounds’ later this year, and premiered its first single ‘Good For Nothing’ on Zane Lowe‘s Radio 1 show in April. Earlier this week, Archer revealed that the track was influenced by the Jay-Z song ’99 Problems’.