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Employment

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They've made Rolling Stone's "Hot List." And British music bible NME just gave them the magazine's coveted "Radar" award, for best band to watch. Features the hit 'I Predict A Riot'. Universal. 2005.

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Is it too early for a Britpop revival? Not on the watch of Leeds quintet Kaiser Chiefs, who just a decade after the release of Blur's scene-making 1994 album, Parklife, offer a striking follow-up. They've hired the same producer--Stephen Street. They've studied the same influences--the Buzzcocks, the Jam, the Kinks. They've even picked up the same English slice-of-life themes--"I wanna wear my clothes tight/Matching jackets and a fistful of notes/New sneakers and a fresh pack of smokes," goes "Saturday Night." The resulting album, Employment, is just as catchy and captivating as you might expect, swinging from the stormy social commentary of "I Predict A Riot" to the shouty insouciance of "Oh My God." A Trainspotting sequel can't be far off. --Aidin Vaziri
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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0007TKH1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2005
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Kaiser Chiefs hail from Leeds but named themselves after a soccer team in South Africa. After a commercially under-the-radar but critically acclaimed debut single last Spring, Kaiser Chiefs became a hot commodity, leading to the UK breakout single "I Predict a Riot" last Fall.

"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!
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Kaiser Chiefs join the ranks of other nu-wave bands of the moment, and I, for one, can't get enough of this revival. It's challenging to place Kaiser Chiefs influences, but The Clash, Talking Heads, The Cars, and other new wave bands of yore come to my mind.

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.
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I purchased this album after hearing "I Predict a Riot" a couple times and "Oh My God" maybe once. I was hoping to find a collection of songs that were in the quirky vein of Franz Ferdinand, but with a slightly harder edge. Employment delivers that and more. Certainly, as other reviewers have pointed out, "I Predict a Riot" and "Oh My God" are the two best songs on the album. But I would disagree that the rest of the songs are simply filler. Every album is going to have a few tracks that are stronger than the rest. The challenge to any band is making the whole album interesting enough to to make you want to listen to it all the way through.

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.
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I was first introduced to the Kaiser Chiefs through the recommendation of some people overseas, though I was reluctant to bother. I fell in love the moment I heard I Predict a Riot, Wrecking Ball and Take my Temperature. For weeks I anticipated their album hitting the shelves, and I was not left disappointed. Listening to Employment leaves a smile on your face from start to finish, and as opposed to sticking to the same sounding songs, the men of this group go out of their way to make everything unique while still staying true to themselves. You will not be dissappointed by a single track and I guarantee you'll soon wear out your copy of the CD.
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