Kaiser Chiefs
Employment


3.5
great

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
December 7th, 2008 | 63 replies | 6,749 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just like the town drunk; ‘Employment’ is silly and repetitious, but if you are in the right frame of mind, it is also very entertaining and fun to be around.

There are a handful of bands going around at any one time where it is simply best not to pay too close attention to them. Those that view the glass half empty will not be able to resist doing so and will find it painfully easy to pick holes in every facet of that band’s performance. However, those who view the glass as half full will not care too much about the doubters and simply enjoy the music for all of its fun and catchy qualities. If there is one band and album which is the perfect example of this theory, it has to be the Kaiser Chiefs 2005 debut ‘Employment’.

No time is wasted proving this with album opener and highlight ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. Released as the 3rd single from the LP, the combination of synths and a rock (almost punk) sound mesh near-perfectly to provide a bouncy and positive vibe that practically makes you disregard the predictable subject matter. The rhyming does get a little silly as the track progresses, while the “na na nas” are an obviously cheap ploy to infuse a sing-along catchiness to the equation, but it is all such fun that one can’t help but be entertained by it all.

The first half of ‘Employment’ is littered with similar infectious Blur-inspired Brit-Pop. Second single ‘I Predict A Riot’ is a live favorite which has become a pub-rock anthem. ‘Modern Way’ is a more subdued chorus-reliant grower. ‘Na Na Na Na Naa’ is an energetic toe-tapper that is almost impossible to dislike, despite its unabashed title and near ridiculous level of simplicity and repetitiveness. And while lead single ‘Oh My God’ begins as a funky bass-driven cut, it later explodes into a stubbornly repetitive chorus that has won over Brits by the bucket-loads (even if it could have been more imaginative).

What variety there is throughout the 12 tracks included is often subtly effective. The aforementioned beginning to ‘Oh My God’ is a good example of this, as is the electro glam-rocker that is ‘Saturday Night’, which has a real personality about it behind its atypically distorted vocals. Unfortunately, during many of the album’s latter half cuts, the band are often pushed too far outside of their comfort zone, resulting in songs ranging from so-so to outright bland.

The Kaiser Chiefs have a liking for 1960’s like pop harmonies which they cannot resist showcasing on tracks such as ‘You Can Have It All’, ‘What Did I Ever Give You?’ and ‘Caroline, Yes’. However, they are simply not as effective as they think they are in these circumstances and the fact that these are the three longest pieces on ‘Employment’ does not help them out one little bit. In a sense, the Kaiser Chiefs need to be like an outsized boxer; They need to hit and run with their catchiness and melodies (see Time Honoured Tradition’s entertaining sub 3 minute duration), because when they stick around for too long… They are simply going to get caught out and pummeled into defeat, so to speak.

To continue the silly analogies… The Kaiser Chiefs’ debut release ‘Employment’ is a bit like a drunk down at your local pub. They are more often than not very silly… They have a tendency to be repetitious and rant on for too long… Yet, they are also as entertaining as hell, while being fun to be around. The effectiveness of ‘Employment’ will undoubtedly depend upon a listener’s mood at the time, because just like that local drunk, if you do not have the time to put up with them, then they can get very annoying. But in the right frame of mind, there is catchy and entertaining fun to be had by all.

Recommended Tracks: Everyday I Love You Less and Less, I Predict A Riot, Na Na Na Na Naa & Saturday Night.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



20825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm unsure why I have been gravitating to reviewing British bands of late... It's not even on purpose.

AtavanHalen
December 7th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Liar!
Anyway, great stuff as always.
Now let's do a buildup!
Ahhhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

marksellsuswallets
December 7th 2008



4848 Comments


Davey is a secret Brit...
I don't know why...I just really cannot like Kaiser Chiefs at all...they just bore the crap out of me and I can't figure out why

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


these guys make me lol.

good review though.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



20825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the answer to Brent's question and the answer to why this band makes Maxy lol is in one of 2 words; Na or La. Well, either word repeated over & over again. See the song title of track 4.
Gee DavID, I didn't realise you liked this so much.

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


these guys crack me up because of their level of suck.

that's why i was laughing.

marksellsuswallets
December 7th 2008



4848 Comments


I have noticed they use Na and La in almost everything but I don't think that's it really :/ oh well

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



20825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maxy, my answer to you thinking Kaiser Chiefs suck is (insert drum roll here); Na Na Na Na Naa
If it's not the Na's & La's Brent, it must be the thick'ish British accent.

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


Daveyboy, I warn you about the albums after this, even if you like this, the next two will be blegh.

marksellsuswallets
December 7th 2008



4848 Comments


I love British accents though. I don't know I guess I just don't think they're doing ANYTHING different compared to the rest of British...umm...I dunno indie-pop/rock bands...whatever they are

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



20825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Come on Maxy, you should know me by my now... I have listened to and already written reviews for their next 2 albums. I literally just got done with their newie. You know, you are one hell of a trooper for taking the time to listen to those next 2 albums if you didn't like this at all!
Brent, I suppose you're right, although they take the Na na na's & La la la's to a higher level... Although The Fratellis tried to match them with their debut LP. And yeah, I think Indie-Pop/Rock is a perfect description of them.

bastard
December 7th 2008



3435 Comments


so what do you think of the next two albums?

McP3000
December 7th 2008



3941 Comments


this band is absolutely terrible

gasmaskman
December 7th 2008



1006 Comments


I remember buying this Cd after listening to "I Predict a Riot"
I also remember almost every song up until "Oh My God" and everything else being really, really forgettable.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



20825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pateince Maxy, Patience. The only thing I will say is that I believe that this debut is indeed the best of their 3 albums.
GASMASKMAN, there is a definite 2 side (a'la a vinyl record) vibe about this album as the first 6 songs and last 6 songs are indeed raher different in feel. Unfortunately, the follow-up LP took the latter 6 and attempted to build on them, when they should have chosen tracks 1-6 & built on them.

AtavanHalen
December 7th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gee DavID, I didn't realise you liked this so much.

Well now you do!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2008



20825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Correctamundo my fellow Aussie.

marksellsuswallets
December 7th 2008



4848 Comments


[quote=Daveyboy (secret Brit)]Correctamundo my fellow Aussie. Even though I am secretly a British agent whose sole purpose is to make British bands think more people in "Australia" care about them by fooling the internets into thinking I am myself an Aussie.[/quote]

fix'd...I'm bored This Message Edited On 12.07.08

Spamue1G
December 7th 2008



1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^Haha!
Great review, as always. I like the strange analogies, it really fits with the kaiser chiefs tbh.


robin
Emeritus
December 7th 2008



4222 Comments


good review, hate the band. seems to be a common trend with your reviews. :p



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