Kaiser Chiefs
Employment


4.0
excellent

Review

by Contristo USER (2 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2005 | 33 replies | 18,035 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

by Mike Mineo

Kaiser Chiefs have been building a dedicated fanbase for quite some time now, with the release of their single, 'Oh My God' increasing it even more so after recieving rave reviews from magazines such as NME. The single was a very big accomplishment, and it deserved the reviews it received as it felt very lively and energetic. It was clear to see that Kaiser Chiefs had the energy in hand to be one of the most memorable bands of the year if the album could follow on the excitement on the single, 'Oh My God.'

Kaiser Chiefs first album, Employment, kicks off with the song, 'Everyday I Love You Less And Less', which could easily be an attainable single, following the format the band followed with 'Oh My God' with a display of fun lyrics and a catchy chorus. The lyrics may be too simplistic at times, but the Kaiser Chiefs are not aiming for complexity here. They aim for fun and this is what they achieve. Wilson fun little chants such as, "Everyday I love you less and less, it makes me sick to think of you undressed," continue throughout the album in a somewhat repetitive fashion.

The second song on the album, 'I Predict A Riot' will most likely be known as Kaiser Chiefs most popular song, as vocalist Ricky Wilson sounds superb while he bounces off yet another song with a great and hooking chorus. As simple as it may be, it works great for the band. But instead of making an album where every song attempts to be a generic single, the Kaiser Chiefs moved on to a more different sounding territory with most further tracks.

'Modern Way' starts paving the way for the band showing that they don't want every song to sound repetitive. After two explosive songs, Wilson sings with a more hush-hush fashion, and he is successful in doing so. 'Modern Way' is probably the best track on this album, and it's a song that's not to be missed.

The album does have its blunder with the incredibly annoying 'Na Na Na Na Naa' turning up into a disaster of a song. This is badly placed as the fifth track, disrupting the flow, but luckily the Kaiser Chiefs regain their ground with the enigmatic 'You Can Have It All' and 'Born To Be A Dancer.' Both tracks are extremely catchy and again show that the Kaiser Chiefs still have it in their debut of an album. As I've already talked about the song 'Oh My God' earlier this is stationed in between these two tracks as well, and it makes its way as the Kaiser Chief's anthem-type of a track that has you nodding your head to the beat. A great single, as I stated before.

'Saturday Night' may turn some off, as the Kaiser Chief's take a step into a new direction but I personally find the song a breath of fresh air as it's the only song on the album that cannot really be compared with any others on the album. The album continues to finish off strong with the creative 'Caroline, Yes' and the lush ending ballad of 'Team Mate' as the album fades into the end.

Overall, the Kaiser Chiefs have a solid winner in their debut album. Employment provides a welcoming sound with a bunch of stellar tracks. One would think with songs such as 'Oh My God' and 'I Predict A Riot' that most of the tracks would be fillers. That is far out of the question. Though at first the Kaiser Chiefs will sound like any old indie rock band, the songs grow on you tremendously. The Kaiser Chiefs turn out one of the most fun records of the year in their debut, and it's not to be missed.


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The Ashtray Girl
March 5th 2005



108 Comments


I didn't think this was out until Monday... but I really want it, so your review is encouraging.

Contristo
March 19th 2005



1 Comments


possibly. this is the only album in its genre that I've heard that most of the tracks are consistantly good.

youcancallmegod
April 1st 2005



14 Comments


this album is great...Saturday Night is like Supergrass at their very best,You Can Have It All is beautiful,and Monern Way perfectly captures a sense of disillusionment with todays society...oooo and the spiffy velvet suits....nice


Who Knows?
May 12th 2005



7 Comments


I quite like them, i like time honoured tradition and you can have it all. Most of the songs are good, but some are shockingly bad

morrissey
Moderator
May 12th 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're alright, same old, but I enjoy listening to the album. Nothing deep, just standard fun music.

Nice review.

Med57
Moderator
May 12th 2005



1001 Comments


This band encapsulates everything that is mediocre about the new wave of British indie bands that have followed on from Franz Ferdinand. I gave them a few listens, and there wasn't anything there that made them stand out from the crowd. Good review though.

holygrape
June 5th 2005



9 Comments


this album rules and the song i was born to be a dancer is very easy to play on guitar lol

Badmoon
June 5th 2005



384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My aunt randomly bought me this album. There's a few tracks I like off of it, but the album as a whole is nothing amazing, nicely done though.

2muchket!
September 28th 2005



900 Comments


^^^ I agree good band nothing special I Suppose time honoured tradition and modern way are the standouts on this ablum. the 'chiefs aren't bnad of 2005 thta belongs to the killers but i think these guys are some of the better bands to come out of this strange synth rock revolution. bnads like this could help other kids new to rock listen to the greatness that are Radiohead and Muse
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Two-Headed Boy
December 20th 2005



4527 Comments


whose the genius who decided that the new style was skinny suits, annoyingly trebley guitars, synthesizers, and a "crazy" singer. Oh yeah, and makeup.This Message Edited On 12.27.05

Med57
Moderator
December 20th 2005



1001 Comments


The singles grew on me in a mindless sort of way...nothing especially good about them as such, but they were catchy as hell. The rest of the album really is mediocre though. It's quite remarkable.

LifeSentence
March 7th 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first half of the album is definately the better half. I felt that some tracks were really enjoyable to listen to even after a few listens (I Predict A Riot and Saturday Night).

Sadly for the 2nd half, I just felt it was very mediorce and just got fed up of listening to the album...

Shame really... lol

STAR TRACK: 'I Predict A Riot' (Just so damn catchy.. It gets stuck in my head for a long time if I hear it)

Malcolm
March 16th 2006



2 Comments


kaiser chiefs are really terrible
1. theyre from leeds (they like sheep)
2. they sound scottish which cant be good
3. lead singer Ricky Wilson looks like a ventriliquist dummy

sorry but i hate them i really do
almost as much as Franz Ferdinand

Iai
Emeritus
March 16th 2006



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The first three singles were okay, but the rest of the album sucks to high heaven.

Two-Headed Boy
March 16th 2006



4527 Comments


I just can't see how they can be good. I mean, look at them!
Iai - I'm with you, except that I Predict A Riot was damn annoying.

Iai
Emeritus
March 16th 2006



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I think Every Day I Love You Less And Less is more annoying, for the fact that they try and shovel in every single damn word in the word language that rhymes with 'less'. But I still like both tracks.

MyRamona
March 27th 2006



1070 Comments


Quote: 1. theyre from leeds (they like sheep)
Thats the Welsh you friggin moron.


deathscreamingsheep
April 3rd 2006



86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually like the Kaiser Chiefs. I listen to Saturday Night a lot and Born to be a Dance ( I think it's called) but I can never quite stomach the whole band.

eadgbe
May 24th 2006



10 Comments


lets just decide tat there s h i t e

Rocksta71
June 5th 2006



1023 Comments


Fags!



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