Education, Education, Education And War
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Kaiser Chiefs have announced that they will release their fifth studio album, 'Education, Education, Education & War' on April 1st, 2014 via ATO Records. The ten-track collection was written in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, recorded at The Maze Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Coldplay) with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter).The record shows an evolution in maturity of songwriting and sound, and deftly executes a wide array of the bands influences.
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I have followed the Kaiser Chiefs since 2005 and their release of Employment. Until now I have been disappointed with their follow up albums but this one hits it out of the park. Very rarely do I listen to an album from start to finish and want to listen to it over and over again and this one fits that category. I can't even pick a favorite yet. The Kaiser Chiefs stay true to form with their social commentary of life in England in catchy songs alternative rock that is enjoyable as it is uncomfortable in the observations put to song. Do yourself a favor and buy this album and listen to it. Listen to the music, listen to the lyrics, and understand the beauty in the grittiness.
This is a must for any alternative rock music collection.
Not entirely certain about the 'theme' of the album, but when you open the lyric booklet you see that each song is given a year starting with "The Factory Gates" in 1921. There appears to be references to work, technology, government, war, education, love, relationships. Again, the band doesn't explain just how these songs are supposed to connect to one another, and they are also out of chronological order on the album. Still, it's a good album, but.....but it seems to me that their last album, and now this album are just missing something. Both feel incomplete somehow.
Wisely, the band keeps this album pared down to ten tracks, but not all of them stick with you. I like the first single, "Coming Home" and "Misery Company" the best of all the songs here. "The Factory Gates" and " Ruffians On Parade" were also decent. Outside of those, though, it's a tough call. I thought "Cannons" was interesting with the poetry reading by actor Bill Nighy. That was unusual, something different, something new, so I give the band kudos for that one. It just seems that "Meanwhile Up In Heaven", "One More Last Song", "My Life", "Bows & Arrows" and "Roses" didn't really do anything for me after multiple listens this week.
I also went back and listened to "Employment", "Yours Truly, Angry Mob", "Off With Their Heads" and "The Future Is Medieval/Start The Revolution Without Me" just for good measure.
Kaiser Chiefs always make good albums, but like I said this and their last one fall short of what the band achieved with their first three albums. I still can't help but feel that the band has yet to reach their full potential. Many of my favorite artists in my collection didn't hit their stride until album six or nine or later. They worked on their songcraft, delivering some good songs, but uneven albums, before hitting their groove, their 'sound'. That's what I am still hoping for with Kaiser Chiefs.
Here's how "Education, Education, Education & War" compares to the band's previous works:
2005 Employment: Four Stars
2007 Yours Truly, Angry Mob: Four Stars
2008 Off With Their Heads: Four Stars
2011 The Future Is Medieval/Start The Revolution Without Me: Three Stars
2014 Education, Education, Education & War: Three and a Half Stars
they impressed the music world in 2014 with this highly successful CD that blend
the elements of social media, activism, optimism, protest and bright outcomes as
this evocative artistic formula made this one a true bonafide success. Education,
Education, Education & War is a challenging testament that boldly confronts and
looks at the outside world that took place at time, as the band from Leeds makes
their vitality-driven return to their social and political rebelliousness which they up
the ante on this piece de resistance with its array of fresh ideas, sonic shout-outs
and slick musings. Beginning with the opening track The Factory Gates, the high
pitched track set concludes with stunning force on other noted songs like Coming
Home, Misery Company, Ruffians On Parade, Meanwhile Up In Heaven, My Life,
Bows And Arrows, the thought-provoking classic Cannons, Roses and the bonus
hit Song For Stephane as they keep the optimism up to date with the fun and the
frivolous rapport they gave to the uproarious tracks. With the music co-written by
Fraser T. Smith (who wrote songs for Adele and Sam Smith) and the band mem-
bers, Education, Education, Education & War embraces the fierce originality and
vigor that briefly addresses the concept of facing some of the important issues at
the time of the CD’s release that give it the high energy listening experience that
is worth a good honest listen. With Vijay Mistry as their new drummer, their lead
singer Ricky Wilson heads the band with power and integrity that even make this
labour of love one of the most politically-charged and outspoken albums to come
out of the 2010’s. Just take a clear listen and you will really learn the difference.
Note: make sure you rip both Song For Stephane and Nerve on I-Tunes.