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Editors’ Notes

Like other infectious singles by England’s Kaiser Chiefs, “Never Miss a Beat” is enormously catchy, with a propulsive bassline threaded through needle-sharp guitars and vintage-sounding keyboards, and singer Ricky Wilson aping age-old, cheeky ideas like street smarts trumping academic achievement. It’s a beaut. Other tracks on Off With Their Heads, the band’s third full-length release, cover a range of moods, although the goal of keeping the listener’s feet moving persists throughout. A "Mission: Impossible"-influenced surf riff drives the fluid “Spanish Metal,” while “Like It Too Much” and “You Want History” march along on crunchy guitars and sharp-pointed keyboards. “Good Days Bad Days” has all the charm of their earlier gem, “Na Na Na Na Naa,” bubbling along with a philosophically uplifting message that will get anyone through the gloomiest of days. The set brims with memorable lines, such as “I will not lie to you/but I’ll definitely only give you half the truth” from the explosive “Half the Truth” and “I can’t say you’re unattractive/ but I’m outta practice/at this sort of thing” from the wonderfully lyric-driven “Can’t Say What I Mean.” The band admirably shows its love for the Kinks on the utterly charming “Remember You’re a Girl.” Produced by Amy Winehouse sound maestro and performer Mark Ronson, Heads offers plenty of pure pop punch, aimed directly at your feet.

Customer Reviews

Kaiser Chiefs did it again!

This album is a fantastic 3rd album for great rock artists Kaiser Chiefs. Their unique sound puts most modern bands to shame, always blending melodic and beautiful sounds together to make great art. Kaiser Chiefs don't disappoint with their third attempt, "Off With Their Heads," which sounds a lot like their earlier work, only slightly advanced and more mature. Keep up the great work, K.C.!

Just plain fun

This is definitely different from their last album, but it is equally entertaining. Just a lot of fun, pop-y, catchy tunes. Shakespeare...no, but I always love their amusing lyrics. "I will not lie to you, but I definitely only gave you half the truth."

best yet

The first two albums were a mix of great songs and odd songs. Off With Their Heads is full of consistently better melodies and a more even energy, even if there's no single to match Ruby.

Biography

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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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Indie Rock
  • Released: Oct 28, 2008

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