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The Kaisers proffer a grab bag of collaborative pop experimentalism on this supremely underrated third record. Yes, it may feature surprises to frighten the indie diehards—football terrace funk on “Addicted to Drugs”, a guest verse from rapper Sway amid the clatter of “Half the Truth”—but mostly producer Mark Ronson (who also brings Lily Allen along for backing vocals on “Always Happens Like That”) marshals a successful exercise in re-minted rock nostalgia.

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Off With Their Heads 8.7/10

Kaiser Chiefs return with their third album, produced by Mark Ronson and Eliot James with a much different sound to the previous two albums. I'm not sure which of the three albums is best to be honest, they're all so good. Whilst Yours Truly Angry Mob had at least 8 potential single sounding tracks, it's problem if any was that there was enough light and shade between those festival thumping jump out around fantastic tracks and the calmer slow the pace down, take a breather tracks that featured more on Enployment. Here on Off With Their Heads there are still the foot stomping tracks like Never Miss A Beat, You Want History and Half The Truth, but it does try and take it down to an easier level in the latter half of the album, Tomato in the Rain and the lullaby like Remember You're A Girl. To judge the balance if Employment is at one end of the scale just described and YTAM is at the other end, then OWTH is in the middle... with its head leaning every so slightly towards Employment. Overall this is once again a quality record, it annoys me that some critics are now trying to read too much into Nick Hodgson's lyrics, since they won an Ivor Novello for the lyrical genius on Employment. My advise is to sit back and enjoy the tune and rhythm and not try and inspect lyrics like 'I want crisps', Kaiser Chiefs have said they want to entertain, observe the world, not change it. If you want to change world, go ahead inspect the lyrics, just no you're losing the point of listening to 11 tracks played to get audiences waving their arms in the air in small venues to arenas right up to big festival. Kaiser Chiefs had seriously established themselves as one of the biggest bands in the UK with the first two albums, Off With Their Heads surely cements this position. Just a shame the rating system on here is out of 5, it's not perfect for a 5, but too good for 4. See the review title for my score. As a live article this album is even better, feels even more punchy and rocky opening the door for a live album in the coming years surely ;) Also OWTH flows a lot better than YTAM Track by Track Spanish Metal 7.8/10 - Quirky, punchy, a bit Beatles-esque. A great opening Never Miss A Beat 8.8/10 - Get jumping, this is the first thumper track. Read into it what you will Like It Too Much 9.2/10 - One of the best tracks with orchestration from David Arnold (Bond films man), great chorus You Want History 8.5/10 - Most danceable track KC have done, 8.5 on record, 9.7 in a live performance. Can't Say What I Mean 8.2/10 - Drums, great drums a real stomper. Good Days Bad Days 9.1/10 - Happy cheery song, great guitar rhythms from Andrew White, a sure live favourite. Possible 2nd single Tomato in the Rain 7.4/10 - Let's take it down slower Employment style. Some of the KC puriests don't like it, this one does. Peanut's keyboards here remind me of a track from The Who, you can't go wrong there. Half The Truth 8.1/10 - With Sway, a rapper, straight away brings a Gorillaz kind of feel (that maybe because it's the only music I listen to with rap in it), another festival favourite. Always Happens Like That 8.1/10 - More noticeable vocals from Lily Allen than the attempt on NMAB (not sure what Mr Ronson did there), they add another subtle touch to another great track, keeps the flow of the album going Addicted to Drugs 7.6/10 - A great tune as the album comes to a climax, with lyrics penned from Addicted to Love. Not the best on the album but still strong. Remember You're A Girl 8.4/10 It's bed time as Nick Hodgson calms it all down for the final song of the album, sounds so much like John Lennon here, quite spooky at first listen. Raps up a short but sweet album.

Is this a joke?

Hate to disagree with the majority but come on, I can't believe after two superb albums they have followed it up with this. I hate to say it cos i've been a big fan of theirs since they first started but this is painfully bad. The lyrics are cringeworthy: "Like a tomato in the rain, i've got my feeling again" and who can forget the classic "What do you want for tea? I want cri-isps." None of the songs dare to reach the 4 minute barrier, in case anyone discovers they are useless. Mark Ronson delivers his poppy style to ruin another band, and Lily Allen? What were they thinking?! If anyone is new to the Kaisers do not buy this! Buy Yours Truly as that is a fantastic album, every song is different and catchy.

No No NO!

I'm so dissapointed. I waited expecting so much from Kaiser Chiefs third album but in the end I am bitterly disspointed with what I see as a complete cop out. Employment was great. It was quirky and lively and happy and funky and light-hearted. But there is only ONE employment. Yours Truly, Angry Mob was incredible. Much more mature,hard hitting stuff but still maintaining the fun nature of the Kaiser Chiefs... I thought they should have destroyed Ruby but just a personal bugbear there. This just feels like the record producer has said "shall we get Kaiser Chiefs in for this recording? naah lets get the toddler's choir in instead." Unimaginitive, boring, predictable and most of all Unintelligent. Die hard fans will of course lap it up but I feel that for a lot of us who enjoyed thier music but wern't crazy for them will be letting this album gather dust whilst we happily remember the glory days of album 1 and 2.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Specializing in a melodic blend of classic Brit-pop, post-punk, and new wave, Kaiser Chiefs' early blue-collar, pub-style take on indie rock managed to split the difference between timely and nostalgic. Comprising vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick Baines, and drummer Nick Hodgson, Kaiser Chiefs resurrected the mod spirit of the Jam in "I Predict a Riot," a supercharged class-of-1977 power pop single that quickly electrified the British press when it...
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Off With Their Heads, Kaiser Chiefs
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  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Indie Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2008

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