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Those too quick to herald the demise of contemporary Brit-pop were quickly rebuffed by this 2005 debut by the lads from Leeds. And like all great rock bands, the Kaiser Chiefs are not shy about wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves, which in their case are The Jam – or, more specifically, the ‘70s-punk-savvy, pre-r&b-’80s besotted incarnation of Paul Weller’s power trio. Indeed, that sensibility virtually trumps Weller’s outfit on “I Predict a Riot,” the infectious, politically charged breakthrough single that neatly channeled the best sensibilities of ‘60s American garage bands, ‘70s UK punk and ‘90s Brit-pop in just under four minutes. Better, the hooks and bounding rhythms of the album’s balance shows the band – named after a South African football club – are hardly one-trick ponies. “Oh My God” pulses with a similar anglo-centric energy, while the nervous pop of “Na Na Na Na Naa” gives a nod to the off-kilter Sparks of Kimono My House  and Propaganda, and “Caroline, Yes” gives a loving wink to Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds.

Customer Reviews

Take the next step

This is a great album for the masses. It's radio-friendly, yet still holds passibly true to the brit rock/guitar dance sound. It's not ground-breaking, it's not brilliant, but it's a lot of fun. iTunes rightly called it one of the best summer albums this last season. My recommendation, take the next step. The Kaiser Chiefs have opened a whole lot of listeners to the genre of brit rock. So check out the other bands. Franz Ferdinand (and even the Killers) are the even more known bands in this style, but the best stuff is still relatively unknown: Bloc Party, Hot Hot Heat, The Futureheads, The Go! Team, Art Brut, and Kings of Leon.

Finally, new music that doesn't make me want to hurl

Music is cyclical. What was once popular usually will be again. The Kaiser Chiefs aren't cutting any new ground but what they do they do very well. Music is cyclical. Where sometimes we go through long droughts where all the music that comes out is canned, pre-processed, generic and dreadfully boring (and is there any greater sin than boring music?) occassionally we pan gold from the mud stream. That one nugget can lead to a huge strike. This album is that nugget that buys you plenty of whiskey, women and a warm bed for the night and will hopefully lead to a full on musical goldrush for '05/'06.

Absolutely wonderful!

Up until now I've only listened to one of Kaiser Cheifs' songs- "I predict a riot". Than yesterday I finally splurged for the album! And now I absolutely love it!! Usually I only like 4 or 5 songs max. from one of my favorite bands' albums, but with these guys I love every one of their songs! A definite reccomendation for all of you!!


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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