Kaiser Chiefs

'Off With Their Heads'

Released on 20 October 2008 on B-Unique

The Kaiser Chiefs have side stepped the usual problems that dog bands when trying to record their ‘difficult’ third album by simply recycling songs from their first two.

Even guest appearance from Sway, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson on co - production duties haven’t managed to shift The Chiefs far from their Bluresque blueprint and although there are some strong songs present it just feels that you’ve heard it all before least twice!!

Starting off with ‘Spanish Metal’ with its grungy styling’s, the first three tracks show great promise with the fun first single ‘Never Miss a Beat’ followed by album stand out track ‘Like It Too Much’, unfortunately it then becomes Kaisers on default mode, which although may still be better than a lot of their contemporaries, it’s hardly going to propel them into legendary status.

So it’s another mildly diverting album from the Bradford boys but like having crisps for tea, it’s fun for a little while but soon you’ll be desperate for something with a bit more substance.

Posted on 20 October 2008 by Nick Foster

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Andy J wrote:
Got to say I don't entirely agree Nick. It builds well on the first album whilst sidestepping the (largely) dull second album that forgot for the most part to put the tunes in. I recckon that this is the sound of a band that have remembered they are in fact one of the better bands out there who are not afraid to show their British roots - they have the potential to be the next really important band in the UK following the same route that Blur once followed ... this is their "Modern Life" and I look forward to their "Blur" in eager anticipation now.
     Posted on 27 October 2008 at 10:06
Dan Abnormal wrote:
Their 'Parklife' surely? Dunno like, bands that become huge on their first albums are rarely afforded the time to grow to eventually produce an opus such as 'Parklife' (or 'Blur' come to think of it) - they have to strike while the iron's hot and right now the Chiefs are still re-heating it in a desperate attempt to iron the creases out of their linen.
     Posted on 27 October 2008 at 11:03
Andy J wrote:
Here's the thing though ... the Kaiser Chiefs did not become "huge" on their first attempt ... they spent many hard years (and indeed had an album out) as "Parva" prior to their success as the Kasier Chiefs. I don't think there's anything wrong with a band striving to be the best in their field - good pop rock. Not sure how many bands in the UK fill this slot as successfully to be honest without being over earnest or relatively dull.
     Posted on 27 October 2008 at 11:27
Dr Foster wrote:
It's a good album but the point I was trying to make was that a lot of bands use their third album to try something creative or different from their norm which is why a lot of bands third LP's are seen as pivitol to their future.This just sounds like another Kaiser Cheifs LP to me, sorry.
     Posted on 27 October 2008 at 22:06
Dr Foster wrote:
..or another Kaiser Chiefs LP
     Posted on 27 October 2008 at 22:07
Excuse Me Mr Officer wrote:
I before E except after C Dr Foster!
     Posted on 28 October 2008 at 08:28
Dan Abnormal wrote:
Aye, I can see both your points now. 'Modern Life is Rubbish' wasn't picked up on very quickly by fans who were still disappointed that 'Leisure' failed to live up to 'There's No Other Way'...but it was lauded by the critics which 'Off With Their Heads' hasn't been (in fact 'Yours Truly Angry Mob' probably picked up more plaudits).

If you think of 'There's No Other Way' as representing the whole of 'Employment' and 'Angry Mob' representing 'Leisure' then you may have a point...but, just as Blur explored London life with 'Parklife', are the Kaisers going to be able to do the same for Leeds? Will we get songs about watching Billy Bremner from the terraces or getting on the train to Sheffield to watch mid-80s Pulp and Dig Vis Drill concerts?
     Posted on 28 October 2008 at 08:33
Dr Foster wrote:
I forgot to add that that 'Always Happens Like That' is a direct steal from Orange Juices 'Rip It Up And Start Again'
     Posted on 18 November 2008 at 20:36

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