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Kaiser Chiefs’ fifth album is proof that the veteran band can survive the departure of drummer and chief songwriter Nick Hodgson. The laughs you hear during “Misery Company” could be the sound of the band shaking off the loss with defiant pride. New drummer Vijay Mistri is only expected to keep time here, so it’s up to singer Ricky Wilson to make sure the band has new songs for him to wander the stage. The opening tunes sport a grandness that means power chords, walls of sound, and choruses that leave plenty of opportunities for the entire audience to sing or hum along with the indelible hooks. Of course, how well these instantly catchy tunes hold up over the long haul is for the long haul to determine, but “The Factory Gates,” “Coming Home,” and “Ruffians on Parade” all carry their Britpop credentials in their front pocket. Even when they slow down the pace for “Meanwhile Up in Heaven,” it’s with an ear for the hook. Kaiser Chiefs are aware that their moment of cultural dominance has passed. It’s all the more reason to try harder to unite a grand audience behind their songs.

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They're getting better and much more interesting!

Saw Kaiser Chiefs tonight. They played six of the ten songs on this new release. They played:

The Factory Gates
Coming Home
Misery Company
Ruffians on Parade
Bows and Arrows

It's a much grittier tone, I would imagine, on this release. "Bows and Arrows" was described as being what it's like being in a band. "Cannons" contains the lyric "It's gonna take a lot more cannons to be home by Christmas". What the exact context is, I'm not sure. Overtly political? A personal metaphor of life on the road? Don't know. The feeling I got was they are taking their song writing seriously. That doesn't mean they don't write a great crowd pleaser. The songs are the great, melodic anthems you would expect from Kaiser Chiefs. There is a maturity and depth that is satisfying to see from a band with some wear and wear under their belt. I would compare the new material to the music Roger Waters was writing around the "The Wall" and "The Final Cut", But much less alienating. The new songs sounded fantastic live. I can't wait to hear the actual studio versions!

Just a phenomenal listen

Simply can't stop listening to this one. My favorite track is 'Meanwhile Up In Heaven'. It is a beautifully written song with a soul-stirring chorus. Other highlights are 'Coming Home' and 'Bows and Arrows'. Overall, there is not a bad track on the album and if you're a fan of their previous releases, dive right into this one, because they've taken it to another level with the current release.


Cant wait for it to release, already pre ordered it !!!!!


Formed: 2003 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Specializing in a muscular and melodic blend of classic Brit-pop, post-punk, and new wave, the Kaiser Chiefs' blue-collar, pub-style take on indie rock managed to split the difference between timely and nostalgic. Comprised of 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...
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