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"Employment" (12 tracks, 44 min.) starts off with a British humor-bursting "Everyday I Love You Less and Less", with the music just as irreverent and fun. "I Predict a Riot" is the monster track on this album, insanely catchy (similar in spirit to Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" on its debut album). I'm just afraid that eventually this will cross play onto US mainstream radio and it'll get played to death (again, see "Take Me Out"). The first half of the album is near perfect: "Modern Way", "Na Na Na Na Naa" and "Oh My God" are all irresitable (the latter being that obscure debut single, but it's being re-released in the UK). The second half is not as strong, but still quite strong, in particular "Saturday Night", the lite-reggae "What Did I Ever Give You", and the 60s-Kinks sounding "Time Honoured Tradition".
It's not like the Kaiser Chiefs have come up with a new or unique sound, but "Employment" is a fun album with lots of catchy songs, very much like Franz Ferdinand did a year ago. The UK music scene is brimming with good new bands (the Futureheads, Kasabian, Bloc Party, etc.) and Kaiser Chiefs stand proudly at the head of that group. Highly recommended!
The band put a great deal of energy into "Employment", their debut album, and the lyrics are full of wry wit. However, in the end, it's the music that's a slight letdown. For some reason, listening to this album all the way through is repetitive. The band does differentiate each track, but the album as a whole has a very homogenous sound, which to me, became a little tiresome, thus the four star rating. Still, this is a great debut, and there are several songs to enjoy such as "Everyday I Love You Less And Less", "I Predict A Riot", "Modern Way", "Saturday Night" and "Time Honoured Tradition". The rest of the selections are strong, but not as memorable.
So, if you're looking for something else to listen to while you take a break from The Killers, Interpol, The Music, The Bravery, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, The Postal Service, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, Louis XIV, Gwen Stefani, Bloc Party, Caesars, The Futureheads or Duran Duran, then check out "Employment" by Kaiser Chiefs.
Each of the tracks on this album has a very accessible hook to it that will have you singing along and banging on the steering wheel in no time. Even some of the slower songs have gritty guitar riffs and tempo changes interwoven to prevent you from falling into the power ballad coma. But the whole album is a slight side trip from the cookie cutter music that we're spoon fed on commercial radio. Instead of staying on the mainstream music expressway, this is a really enjoyable drive down a salty side street not travelled by the everyday listener.
Comparisons to other artists will always be made and, in many cases, will be accurate. Maybe they're the next Beatles, maybe not. Being a Beatles fan, I highly doubt it. What it really comes down to as an everyday consumer and music fan is: "Is this album going to be fun to listen to?" To that, I would say, resoundingly, "Yes".
So why not a whole five stars? I would've liked to hear a couple more uptempo songs like "I Predict a Riot".
Either way, they're going to be a mainstay on my digital music player and many other people stuck in traffic with me will be exposed to the Kaiser Chiefs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album but like the new one (Education) a little bit better.Published 12 months ago by Dresden
I love the Kaiser Chiefs, ever since I heard this album the first time years ago. If you ever have the chance to see them live you won't be disappointed!!Published 12 months ago by benny
randomly bought this because it was cheap and it was a great decision, as I listen to it all the time and they've gained a new fan!Published 17 months ago by Austin
Great album, great band. If you like the British, No Wave sound, these guys do it wonderfully. Great songs on this album, catchy hooks and well played jams. Read morePublished 22 months ago by The Critic
I had the opportunity to see this band live at the Austin City Limits and loved them. This CD is great.Published on November 19, 2013 by kittylove.h
Showcased by their excellent harmonic vocals, a striking beat, sharp songwriting,
Eurobeat-style electric keyboard solo or piano solo and exhilarating rock and roll,... Read more
This is the first kaiser chiefs album I have bought. I actually found it as a recomendation from amazon. I listened to the samples and tried it. I was plesantly supprised. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by not mark twain
This band, like Interpol, was cool to me at first, a British indie-rock style with a few catchy songs. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by ReservedRealist
A couple of songs are well known and great fun, but there isn't a lot of creativity here.Published on November 5, 2009 by wilburforce
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