Kaiser Chiefs release new album
2011-06-03 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 31 Comments

Leeds indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs have made their new album The Future is Medieval available for paid download from their official website.

Unusually, instead of a pre-packaged release, the band are offering 20 tracks in all, leaving the customer with the decision of which 10 songs to choose and in what order.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

20807 Comments


Interesting way of doing things... & it pretty much came out of nowhere too. I know there was a new song floating around, but didn't know an entire album of sorts was ready to go.

DoubtGin
June 3rd 2011

6686 Comments


hey that's awesome

DoubtGin
June 3rd 2011

6686 Comments


you basically win if you sell 8... HMMM

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

6248 Comments


It's too bad though, that out of the 20 songs, practically none are good.
I tought it couldn't get worse after Off With Their Heads, but they proved me wrong...

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DoubtGin
June 3rd 2011

6686 Comments


NEVER MISS A BEAT

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

6248 Comments


Well yeah, that was the only thing I liked about Heads...

tiesthatbind
June 3rd 2011

7360 Comments


RUBY RUBY RUBY RUBY

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

7234 Comments


I'll give this a listen.

I think this is a really interesting way of doing things but I'm not sure whether I like it or not.

The idea of being paid for someone elses music is awesome but I think it kinda undermines the band themselves since they dont actually choose what people hear.

Ayon
June 3rd 2011

160 Comments


OOOOOOOHHHHH I Predict a RIOT!

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

9998 Comments


pretty fascinating, how do you review this

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

7234 Comments


Yeah I was just thinking that haha.

It's not so much an album as it is a project.


SeaAnemone
June 3rd 2011

18802 Comments


At the risk of sounding silly and pretentious...

Don't you guys think this obliterates a lot of the artistic integrity that goes into creating an album? I don't know... this irks me. If a bigger artist like Ke$ha or Coldplay or someone did this Sputnik would have their head on a platter.

Then again, Kaiser Chiefs are pretty horrible regardless.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

7234 Comments


Yeah I totally agree. I think it's an interesting idea but I don't know whether or not I like it.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

9469 Comments


If anybody's going to try something risky like this, I'm okay with it being these guys!
It's really interesting though, that's for sure.

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Mr_Coffee
June 3rd 2011

631 Comments


Kinda cool. Too bad they suck.

Nomad
June 3rd 2011

247 Comments


Credit where it's due, it's an interesting idea - but that doesn't necessarily make it a good one that I'd like other acts to pick up on. Goes against the concept of an album being a piece of art, where songs are supposedly sequenced for a thematic/artistic purpose. But then again the Chiefs always were a singles band anyway....

bloc
June 3rd 2011

34491 Comments


OH MY GOD I CAN`T BELIEVE IT

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fr33convict
June 3rd 2011

11678 Comments


Slightly curious on how reviews for this will be accurate beyond "it's KC so it sucks."

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

7234 Comments


I still don't understand how you can review it since there is no definitive album.

I've decided that the idea is utter shit.

Still intriguing, though.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

23637 Comments


really fun live band. pretty terrible album band.

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Nomad
June 3rd 2011

247 Comments


'I still don't understand how you can review it since there is no definitive album'

True, but in a way it gives the band the ammunition to respond to a bad review:

"Of course you think the album's shit - you picked the wrong songs!!"

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2011

7234 Comments


...Or they may have intended to release an unreviewable album so as to avoid the criticism altogether.

Having listened to the first three songs from this, I certainly wouldn't rule it out (and I have quite a soft spot for some of their previoys stuff!).

Nomad
June 3rd 2011

247 Comments


Suprised to find out today that the drummer wrote Bang Bang Bang for Mark Ronson last year. Great little pop tune - sounds nothing like the material he writes for these guys.

Captain North
June 3rd 2011

6743 Comments


I think this is a pretty cool idea, and is a piece of art in its own form. But yeah, it's KC. Also not
being able to hear the full song seriously hampers your ability to create a good album.

telebyrd
June 4th 2011

869 Comments


ROOBY x4

everything else is crap by these guys

Puzzles
June 4th 2011

3065 Comments


Looks like Dillinger's 'Option Paralysis' concept is coming true...

Nagrarok
June 4th 2011

7956 Comments


Idea won't work too well, this does come out of nowhere. Their first two were fun stuff back when they came out.

WatchItExplode
June 4th 2011

3072 Comments


I think it would make more sense to give a 10 track album and let the consumer pick 3 bonus tracks or something

Titan50
June 4th 2011

4588 Comments


Bizarre that a band as bland and uninteresting as Kaiser Chiefs would so something like this

Shit idea, shit band though

Dogget
June 5th 2011

781 Comments


Reviews shouldn't be too hard, it's going to be a shit album regardless of the combination of songs you pick.

And the "Of course you think the album's shit - you picked the wrong songs!!" argument is bullshit as well, a band shouldn't try some gimmick like this if they don't believe in all the songs on offer.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2011

8950 Comments


I actually really like this idea. Not sure why y'all are hating.

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